01/23/1989 at 01:00 AM EST
CBS (Sat., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. ET)
EE-EEE! EE-EE-EIE! For those of you who don't speak dolphin, what I just said was, "Flipper, come back. We need you." There's a new dolphin series on TV, and it's nothing but a diluted, dorky copy of Flipper's own 1964 original. Like Flipper, Dolphin Cove is about a widower (Frank Converse) and two kids (Trey Ames and Karron Graves) whose lives are alternately saved or brightened by a dolphin. But small changes have been made. One of the kids is now a girl who can't speak because she's traumatized by her mother's death; the other kid can speak, but that's a shame since all he does is whine. Instead of one dolphin, there are now two. The series is set in Australia instead of Florida. And here's the change that hurts most: Flipper was a half hour. This one is an hour long. EE-EEE! EE-EE-EIE!