Picks and Pans Review: She Spies
NBC press releases label this an "action-adventure." Come on, people, let's call a comedy a comedy.
The watchable new series, on a four-episode network run prior to fall syndication, concerns three beautiful babes—Cassie (Natasha Henstridge), D.D. (Kristen Miller) and Shane (Natashia Williams)—who have been sprung from prison so they can spy for the government. Trite concept? Sure, and don't the writers know it. In the July 20 pilot the three heroines went undercover at a Hollywood studio and stumbled onto the set of a television show that was a mirror image of She Spies. In the third episode (Aug. 3) the chief villain is portrayed by Costas Mandylor, whose failed NBC series Players also had a cons-turned-spies premise. If you like TV in-jokes punctuated with karate kicks, this show's for you.
She Spies takes the tongue-in-cheek derring-do of Charlie's Angels and V.I.P. and tries to add anything-goes insanity à la The Naked Gun. The pilot even offered crude political satire involving a Clintonesque former presidential candidate. The repeat gags wear thin, and long-range prospects are dubious, but this will do as a summer diversion.
Bottom Line: Can't hurt on a hot night