Picks and Pans Review: Capital News

updated 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Mon., April 9, 9 P.M. ET)

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Loosely based on the Washington Post and its executive editor, Ben Bradlee, this deadline drama starring Lloyd Bridges is a late starter but may well turn out to be the best dramatic series of the season. Lou Grant, eat your heart out.

While the plotting and dialogue are sometimes contrived, that's more than compensated for by the show's crackling pace, great set design and a tip-top cast, headlined by Bridges, Kathryn Harrold, William (Wiseguy) Russ, Mark (Crocodile Dundee) Blum, Jenny Wright, Michael Woods, Helen Slater and Kurt Fuller. (Chelsea Field joins the troupe next week.) It's a self-contained little circle, the editors all playing poker together at night and the key reporters living fratlike in the same house.

Co-creator David Milch has brought from Hill Street Blues the same mix of pathos streaked with humor and informed it with the same warm, often sentimental humanism.

Next Monday, the show moves to its usual slot at 10.

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