Picks and Pans Review: Abby

updated 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

UPN (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

Send the rescue squad over to UPN. There's an attractive star trapped in a sitcom that's plain dumb.

Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Sidney's engaging daughter, plays Abby, the producer of a TV sports program based in San Francisco. When Abby decides to break up with her live-in boyfriend, irresponsible Will (Kadeem Hardison), neither wants to leave their spacious apartment. So they continue to share quarters, despite the inevitable tensions and temptations. "Maybe you should just move out," says Max (Randy J. Goodwin), the anchorman on Abby's show. Excellent advice, despite Max's obvious vested interest—he's smitten with Abby—and the Bay Area's notoriously tight housing market. Abby admits that ex-lovers as roommates is a "stupid, stupid idea." Ah, but if she got her own place, she'd miss the sight of Will breakfasting in the nude.

Poitier is the only reason to try Abby, which airs Jan. 6 and 7 at 9:30 p.m. before occupying its regular slot Jan. 14. But the stupidity will get to you fast.

BOTTOM LINE: Move on

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