Picks and Pans Review: Bull

updated 08/21/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/2000 01:00AM

TNT (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

Several Young Turks, led by the grandson (George Newbern) of the big boss (Donald Moffat), declare independence from a white-shoe investment firm, vowing to enrich themselves more dynamically—and ethically—than the old guard. That's the central concept of this bustling new drama (premiering Aug. 15), the first original series from TNT.

Fortunately, the heroes find they need a bad guy on their team. Enter a devastatingly assured Stanley Tucci as "Lasky the Liquidator," a feared financial warrior fortified by maxims like "America is about ownership" and "We fill our pockets by any means necessary." Imagine Michael Douglas's Wall Street character with more subtlety and a lot less hair; now picture Tucci bidding for another Emmy to go with the one he earned last year for Winchell.

Bull stretches credulity at times, but it's amusing to think that a broker (Christopher Wiehl) who's wet behind the ears can divine stock trends by watching the Weather Channel.

Bottom Line: Buy

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