Picks and Pans Review: Sparks: the Price of Passion

updated 02/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Feb. 25, 9 P.M. ET)


Victoria Principal plays the Mayor of Albuquerque. When she isn't fighting greedy developers, she's personally investigating a series of brutal murders of women. Suddenly she's the focus of a controversy concerning a moment of passion she experienced at a convention.

Despite juggling these plot tumbles, the Mayor leads a remarkably unencumbered life—too freewheeling for a woman in her position. She drives an old pickup. She comes and goes without turning heads. She makes love al fresco, on a hill overlooking the lights of the city.

Hector Elizondo is good as the Mayor's chief aide; so is Elaine Stritch as her leathery mother. The show is handsome, but Sparks should have spent as much time developing Victoria's character as coordinating her wardrobe.

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