Picks and Pans Review: 1986
NBC (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
NBC resurrected American Almanac, a magazine show I did like, and revised it with tricks from West 57th, a show I don’t like. The product, called 1986, has wowy graphics and busy background music and stories that are, as they say in TV, hard-hitting. 1986 still has Roger Mudd looking serious and Connie Chung sounding nervous, and it still has respectable reporting. But the show lost its light stories about real Americans; it lost the one thing that separated this show from all the others: charm.