Picks and Pans Review: Star Dates
There are stars and there are stars. If Tom Cruise were between relationships, he probably wouldn't agree to a televised blind date, even on pay-per-view. Butch Patrick, who played wolflike little Eddie on The Munsters in the mid-'60s, has two of them on basic cable in the Dec. 15 debut of this six-episode reality series.
Patrick's B-list (at best) celebrity status turns off his second date; their instant mutual dislike is painful to watch. On the other hand, his first date lauds his gentlemanliness after they take a dip in a hot tub and he attempts nothing more physical than a bit of footsie. Though Patrick's restraint is nice considering the raunch quotient on some other matchmaking shows (such as the syndicated Extreme Dating), it's also rather dull.
A future episode featuring Phyllis Diller is more enjoyable, if only because the 85-year-old comic gets off a few decent wisecracks. Bored with her first date (a garrulous acting teacher) and charmed by her second (a self-possessed military retiree), Diller keeps a measure of her dignity—a rarity in reality TV.
BOTTOM LINE: You're better off going out