Picks and Pans Review: New Attitudes
If you seek a late-night alternative to newscasts, talk shows and syndicated sitcom reruns, we suggest sleep. But for female TV addicts, cable's Lifetime (slogan: "Television for Women") offers this magazine show with service pieces on beauty, health, fashion, finance and more. (We'd like to say New Attitudes is not for women only, but how many guys wouldn't grab the remote after two seconds of a consumer report on panty hose?) Viewers may be pooped after a long day, but not hosts Leanza Cornett (Miss America 1993) and Suzanne Whang (TV Censored Bloopers '98). They're so perky they ought to be sedated. Nearly everything is shot at odd angles by an unsteady camera, giving us the sensation of watching from a water bed. The show (which started March 9) imparts some useful information, but its overall tone is notably promotional. "So get rid of your old skin and take a dip into the fountain of youth," urged Cornett after a recent body-peels story—the same night Whang wrapped a week of puffery on Jamaican tourism.
Bottom Line: Switch to the news