Picks and Pans Review: Jukebox Saturday Night Ii

updated 03/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Sat., March 10, check local listings)

F

Somebody should have pulled the plug on this salute to the jukebox. Taped last year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nickelodeon, this two-hour special, hosted by Patti Page, is a surprisingly flat, tired, noninvolving and lackluster production.

The vintage singers, including Page, Teresa Brewer, Margaret Whiting, the McGuire Sisters and Julius LaRosa, have no trouble dusting off their golden moldies. They're all in fine voice singing their hits from the '40s and '50s. But too many of the tunes are rendered in fragmentary medley form.

The bigger problem stems from uninspired direction and an impassively stolid live audience. They seemed of the right age to appreciate the nostalgia, but they looked bored, and I felt for them during the more torturous moments. Fortunately, I at least had access to a fast-forward button.

I did tap my foot on occasion. Mostly to count off the seconds remaining until this excruciating exercise was over. Please. Don't anybody put in another quarter.

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