Picks and Pans Review: Spin City

updated 11/06/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/06/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

Last January, after Michael J. Fox announced he was leaving Spin City to devote more time to battling his Parkinson's disease, it was hard to imagine the show going on without him. Well, surprise, surprise. In his Oct. 18 debut Fox's successor, reformed Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen, brought his own understated rhythms and a mischievous glint to the part of new deputy mayor Charlie Crawford. "I don't remember our relationship," he tells a spurned ex-girlfriend. "I barely remember 1994." Yes, such ironic self-references could turn into a one-note joke. But Sheen's deadpan cool is the refreshing flip side to Fox's hyperkinetic heat, and his edgy chemistry with Heather Locklear has potential.

Bottom Line: Fresh spin, fast start

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