Picks and Pans Review: Studio 5b

updated 02/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET)

F

There is one great show on TV about TV: Murphy Brown. And there is one okay show about TV: TV 101. Now, completing this neat trilogy, there is one awful show about TV: Studio 5B, a series set behind the scenes at a morning news-and-chat show. In the premiere, already aired, a bunch of pompous, unscrupulous and artificially pretty TV types fought over getting an irresponsible story about child molestation on the air. This isn't entertainment. This isn't news. This is the Geraldo-ization of TV. Kerrie Keane plays an anchor; Wendy (Tanner 88) Crewson is the ambitious producer who wants to be on-camera; Kim Myers, a Meryl Streep look-and-sound-alike, is the ambitious young beginner and Jeffrey (Mr. Sunshine) Tambor is the boss. They all get to display thoughts and emotions just as deep as the ones you see in a three-minute segment on any of the morning shows. Yes, it's that shallow.

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