Picks and Pans Review: Booker

updated 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Sun., Oct. 8, 7 P.M. ET)

B

Sexy, sweaty and hip, Richard Grieco (he's so macho he gets away with wearing earrings in both ears!) stars in this 21 Jump Street spin-off as private eye Dennis Booker. With his latest black-humored anti-hero, noted series creator Stephen J. Cannell (Wiseguy, The Rock-ford Files, The A-Team) is clearly aiming for the hearts of teenage girls. (Grieco's Booker, when he deigns to don clothes, lives in a black leather jacket, muscle T-shirts and tight jeans.) Plots are not deep. Call it Wiseguy Lite. At least Grieco has great camera presence and doesn't stumble getting off his motorcycle. As Booker's icy boss, Marcia (Welcome Back, Kotter) Strassman snipes one of the season's best zingers: "Put your libido in mothballs."

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