Picks and Pans Review: E.N.G.
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.