Picks and Pans Review: Talk to Me
ABC (Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m. ET)
Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch) plays a perky, idealistic young woman who tries to save a heroin-addicted prostitute by befriending her and booking her as a guest on the sleazy TV talk show where she works as a producer. Bleeth, as befits someone who has spent too much time in the sun, takes an awfully long time to realize that the people at The Howard Grant Show are not very nice and that her plan is not going to work. Especially unappealing is her boss Sadie, played with malevolent glee by Veronica Hamel. This is not a great production. Real-life talk show hosts are a million times more repulsive than Howard Grant (played by Newhart's bland Peter Scolari). But anything that network TV aims in the general direction of Geraldo Rivera, Richard Bey and the rest of the Visigoths is to be applauded.
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