Picks and Pans Review: A Conversation with Dinah

updated 08/28/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Dinah Shore is back, hosting a thrice-weekly, half-hour, one-on-one interview show. Don't expect hard-hitting questions a la Mike Wallace. But don't underestimate Dinah either. In her own down-home, chatty way, she gets her celebrity friends to share.

Dinah's first guest is Nancy Reagan, with coy remembrances of her first date with Ronald Reagan. When Dinah gives the very skinny Nancy a tin of homemade cookies, you'd think she'd been handed a box of tarantulas. "Do you like to eat?" asks Dinah at one point. "Probably not as much as you do," replies Nancy. Raisa, are you watching?

An interview with Jack Lemmon is only for the very strong. After a segment showing Chris Lemmon praising his father to the moon, Jack and Dinah wipe tears from their eyes. But this excess of emotion is countered by the show in which Dinah interviews saucy Angie Dickinson, who seems to be possessed by the spirit of Mae West. When Dinah warns the divorced Dickinson that there are married men who like to hit on single women, she replies, "I hope so." Dinah even gets Angie to trash her ex-husband Burt Bacharach.

That's what we want, Dinah, Dirt. You deliver, but in a nice way.

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