08/04/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT
Showtime (Sun., Aug. 3, 8 p.m. ET)
Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H) has a fine track record but seems to have gone round the bend as executive producer and writer of this series set at a stock-car speedway. Keith Carradine stars as a doctor and former race driver who takes the job of track physician despite signs that the owner (Duncan Regehr), an old romantic rival, has a criminal disregard for safety. Carradine pushes Regehr to expand the track's medical center, making the show a 600-horsepower General Hospital.
In the two-hour premiere (regular episodes start Aug. 16 at 10 p.m.), two cars crack up, a third explodes, one driver is killed, another breaks his leg, Carradine tries to resist Regehr's sexy sister (Brandy Ledford), Carradine's collie is shot, Regehr has a mild heart attack and a woman complaining of a sore wrist bares her breasts just for a thrill. Carradine is one of the most likable actors on the circuit, but this vehicle is already overheating.