Friday, October 08, 1999

End in sight for 'Love' and 'Realm'

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Which would be worse: Stuck in a bad marriage? Stuck inside a deadly virtual reality game? Or stuck watching these two new shows without the remote control?

        • Love or Money (8:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7): Neither love nor money — well, maybe money — could make you watch CBS' weak new upstairs-downstairs comedy.

        David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H) and Swoosie Kurtz (Sisters) star in this embarrassing sitcom as the penthouse dwellers whose daughter (Paget Brewster, Friends) dumps her wealthy fiancee for Eamon, the hunky building superintendent (Brian Van Holt).

        After blowing out his knee playing hockey, Eamon blew his savings on a steakhouse and bad marriage. “My God, she's in love with Pete Rose!” says her horrified father.

        The young couple is kind of cute, but they get second billing to the boozy parents. Don't be surprised if Candid Camera returns to this time slot before November sweeps.

        • Harsh Realm (9 p.m., Channels 19, 45): If war is hell, then what should we call being trapped for eternity inside an ultra-violent virtual reality combat game?

        Granted, some sci-fi fans might enjoy Chris Carter's (The X-Files, Millennium) new drama about two U.S. Army veterans (Scott Bairstow from Party of Five; D.B. Sweeney from Strange Luck, C-16) injected into a Pentagon war simulation game controlled by a mad general (Terry O'Quinn).

        The vets — and viewers — are told repeatedly tonight that there is no way out, unless a soldier out-scores the general. But if that happens, Fox doesn't have a TV series. Game over.

        “You're stuck here. Don't you get it?” Mike (Mr. Sweeney) tells Thomas (Mr. Bairstow) amid some super-cool special effects.

        Yeah, I get it. Harsh Realm is a no-win proposition. Why bother?


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