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Picks and Pans Review: 1-800-Missing

updated 08/11/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/11/2003 01:00AM

Lifetime (Saturdays, 10 p.m. ET)

Missing-persons fans who aren't satisfied with summer reruns of CBS's Without a Trace may want to try this series, which follows Wild Card in a new Saturday drama block. But the Aug. 2 pilot is too quick to smooth over the initial conflict between an FBI agent (Gloria Reuben, from ER and The Agency) and the psychic (Caterina Scorsone) she is ordered to team with. By the second episode, Reuben has shed her skepticism and embraced the idea that Scorsone's dreams offer clues in disappearance cases. The agent even tolerates her novice colleague's foolish tendency to put herself in danger. This show needs more tension between the partners, because the mysteries themselves are routine.

BOTTOM LINE: Missable

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