Picks and Pans Review: Grosse Pointe

UPDATED 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Darren Star, the creator of HBO's very mature comedy Sex and the City, is still best known as the man behind Beverly Hills, 90210, the teen drama that made stars of Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and, to a lesser degree, Tori Spelling, daughter of megaproducer Aaron Spelling. Star's new series revisits his old 90210 stomping grounds. "Stomp" is right. Premiering Sept. 22, Point is a sitcom satire about the cast of a teen soap much like 90210. The premiere episode is pitiless—more pitiless than funny, actually—as it introduces the soap-within-the-sitcom's vain, stupid, ruthless young stars. The bigger laughs (still pitiless) come in a few scenes from the inane soap itself. A girl, having lost a baby, whines, "I lose everything."

Odd wrinkle: The senior Spelling was upset that a character named Marcy Sternfeld, the most neurotic of the soap's players, seemed to allude to Tori. Star has since removed telltale details, including a nepotism joke. This is like plucking a quill from a porcupine. The animal remains armed.

Bottom Line: Sharp Pointe

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