Picks and Pans Review: Esquire: About Men, for Women
Lifetime (Sat., June 3, 10:30 P.M. ET)
This half-hour weekly series is intended to give women a few fresh insights into the nature of the male species. Inspired by Esquire, the show has more the look and depth of an airline magazine. Appearing regularly are Lee Eisenberg, editor of Esquire, and Linda Ellerbee; they offer coy comment on why men do the things they do.
They look at such men as William Wegman, who has made an art of photographing his dog. Then there's an ongoing segment called Conversations, which features a group of sensitive young men sitting around a room sharing their thoughts about their yuppie lives. It's all too precious.
In a segment that aired recently, sometime celebrity interviewer Ali MacGraw came up with this heartfelt reaction to a Troy Donahue confession: "Wow." Host Matt Lauer, co-host for Robin Leach's Fame, Fortune and Romance, seems to have been spliced in, offering scripted, perfunctory comments between segments. Perhaps, given a little more time and practice, the show will manage to acquire something along the lines of depth: A recent look at the life of a blue-collar worker who has a white-collar wife showed considerable promise.
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