Picks and Pans Review: Just Shoot Me

updated 05/15/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/2000 01:00AM

NBC (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

This three-year-old sitcom set at fictional Blush magazine is not a model of consistency, but the May 9 episode is one for the time capsule. It takes the form of an A&E Biography of Blush fashion editor Nina Van Horn (Wendie Malick), whose life turns out to have been even more colorful than we realized. Playing himself unerringly, Biography host Harry Smith reports that Nina has gone "from foundling to farm girl to model to actress to singer to felon and all points in between." Career highlights include her role as the white heroine of a 1973 blaxploitation flick (toughest line: "I got your number, superpimp!") and a stint as hostess of a Milwaukee morning show (catch the clip of Nina cooking up something yummy with guest Jamie Farr). Credit writer Pam Brady with a half hour of prime parody.

The May 16 episode finds Nina in a stock situation—trying to swear off casual sex—but features David Spade's Finch posing as a high school student to research a story. Sassing a teacher and dating a cheerleader (Melissa Joan Hart of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), Spade puts his cheeky schtick to good use.

Bottom Line: Shoots and scores

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