Picks and Pans Review: E.N.G.

updated 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lifetime (Weekdays, 7 P.M. ET)

C-

Beginning Sept. 3, this contrived Canadian drama about a TV newsroom precedes the channel's new rerun-rich lineup of L.A. Law, Tracey Ullman and Molly Dodd.

Welcome to the pressure-packed world of local TV news, where they hammer together the nightly broadcast and still keep their love lives active after work. Meet the gimlet-eyed news director (Art Hindle), the dauntless cameraman (Mark Humphrey), the cool-but-compassionate producer (Sara Botsford) and the foxy, ambitious reporter (Cynthia Belliveau).

If that sounds like a pop-up storybook, you're getting the picture. The stabs at a video vérité look and at creating an insider's view of the newsroom seem specious in juxtaposition with the show's artificial dialogue and plotting. The acting isn't any great shakes either.

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