Picks and Pans Review: Sporting Chance

updated 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Wed., June 20, 10 P.M. ET)


Bruce (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) Boxleitner stars in this failed pilot as a man standing under a dark 10-year-old cloud—a college football point-fixing scandal. He returns to Los Angeles to try to get a job with a pro football franchise. The problem is that everyone from his past has long memories—and good right crosses: They keep mashing his nose to a bloody pulp.

He desperately accepts a job from the players' wives to waylay the bimbo (Teri Copley) who's distracting the team's married quarterback (Thom Matthews). He's not nearly as desperate as this inconsistent, unrealistic show, though.

First of all, Boxleitner is much too chipper for a guy in his situation. Also, the comic and dramatic elements never gel, and the now familiar device of having him speak directly to the camera ("Some dump, eh," he editorializes of his new apartment. "I bet the cockroaches go out to eat") is a gratuitous gimmick.

The only good thing about this pilot is that the star quarterback has a wonderfully catchy, field-general sort of name: Hilderbrand.

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