Picks and Pans Review: My Talk Show

updated 10/08/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/08/1990 01:00AM

Syndicated (check local listings)

B+

Imagine a grown-up version of Wayne's World.

Cynthia Stevenson plays the host of a cheesy local-TV talk show taped in her living room. When a syndication deal suddenly takes her national, it means the dividing wall to her garage gets knocked down, and an audience is brought in to sit on bleachers set up in her garage. It also puts her on the bait-fish end of the promotional circuit for celebrities like Jim Belushi and Nell Carter, who seem totally out of their element in this cheap, chaotic setting.

Making her series debut, Stevenson has created a thoroughly beguiling mix of self-consciousness and self-possession. She and her cohorts, including the intrusive brother-in-law (David Packer) who lives in a trailer in her driveway, try for a Letterman-like hipness and fail utterly. They can't seem to do anything right except keep you chuckling.

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