Picks and Pans Review: Anything but Love
ABC (Tues., March 7, 9:30 P.M. ET)
It would be hard to find a neater combination of sitcom co-stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, who was super in A Fish Called Wanda, and Richard Lewis, who manages to make whining funny. Here they're thrown into what has become a stock sitcom setting: a newsroom. So that allows for convenient comparison. Next to the original Mary Tyler Moore Show, this one pales a bit. But next to Mary's next newsroom show (her '85 flop, not her '88 flop), this looks pretty good. And next to Perfect Strangers, this looks sophisticated. But next to Murphy Brown, this is a little thin. So, as newsroom sitcoms go, Anything is at least above average. Too many of its gags are easy and pat, but Curtis and Lewis do make a good odd couple.
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