May 07, 1990 12:00 PM

ABC (Tues., May 8, 9:30 P.M. ET)

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How does she find the time? Oprah Winfrey has developed last season’s highly rated miniseries The Women of Brewster Place into a half-hour series with holdover Olivia Cole and newcomers Brenda Pressley and Lisa Bonet-look-alike Rachael Crawford. Set in 1967, the show relates the trials and triumphs of the poor-but-proud residents of an inner-city block.

As a pious working woman and tyro luncheonette owner, Winfrey is a sturdy anchor to build a ‘series around. The program’s earnest sentimentality makes it resemble Little House on the Prairie more than Do the Right Thing, but if you don’t mind mawkishness. its melodrama can be quite touching. The following night at the same time, Brewster Place moves into its regular slot.

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