NBC (Mon., April 1, 9 P.M. ET)
While the men retire to the den for cigars, brandy and the NCAA basketball final on CBS, the women of the house will want to adjourn to the living room for some video romance. That would seem to be NBC’s idea, anyway. Once again, as during the World Series, the network is counterpro-gramming against a big sports event with a Danielle Steel potboiler.
Cheryl Ladd plays a single mother with teenage twins who chucks her career as a network morning-show host to marry a hunky heart doctor (Michael Nouri) in L.A., a widower with three children of his own. Consequent contentious events make this anything but The Brady Bunch.
Steel’s plot installs and presses all the requisite buttons: glamour professions, affluence, passion. But it’s all skin-deep and event-driven; none of the characters has an inner life.
The moral is that if you’re an unappreciated wife and mom, just pack a bag and get out. Your family will realize the error of its ways, beg you to come back and. from that day forward, treat you like a queen. Uh, guys, maybe you’d better come out of that den before it’s too late.