Picks and Pans Review: Forgive or Forget

updated 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Syndicated (check local listings)

That old Love Story adage, "Love means never having to say you're sorry," is thoroughly disproved by this daytime talk program (which premiered in June). First a guest tells earthy host Mother Love (whose resume includes a Los Angeles radio advice show and the 1995 book Listen Up, Girlfriends!) why he or she owes somebody an apology. Then, in a true TV moment, we watch a tape of the injured party watching a tape of the apology. Next, a large door opens onstage: Will the wronged person walk through and give the guest a forgiving hug? Or will there be no one behind the door, indicating that the apology has been rejected? (With a couple more doors, this could be Let's Make a Deal.) To keep things from getting into a rut, the guest sometimes demands an apology, and the question becomes whether the alleged offender will show up and offer it.

The emotional confrontations are the kind you can get from Montel or Sally Jessy, but the format at least adds a little suspense to the mix. And Mother Love is good at soothing the troubled, prodding the guilty and mocking the evasive.

Bottom Line: A daytime talk show you can forgive yourself for watching

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