Picks and Pans Review: B.l. Stryker

updated 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Mon., Feb. 13, 9 P.M. ET)

C-

What a waste of a great grin. Burt Reynolds, the old charmer, not only has a new movie (see page 20) but also a new series—rotating every third week with Peter Falk and Louis Gossett Jr. on the Monday Mystery Movie. He plays a former New Orleans cop who moves to Florida and becomes a private investigator. He spends his days hanging around his houseboat, sparring with his ex-wife (Rita Moreno), gabbing with his best buddy (Ossie Davis) and making fun of the rich folk in Palm Beach. In this premiere, he gets dragged into the case of a sicko martial-arts ballet dancer who binds and gags women and covers them in oil. As odd as it sounds, the mystery is strictly standard issue. That would be okay if Burt had a chance to charm, chortle and grin. He doesn't. He just watches TV and acts bored—and that's contagious.

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