ABC (Saturdays, 8:30 P.M. ET)
Julie Andrews flounders around in a stunningly unimaginative fish-out-of-water concept, a six-week summer sitcom directed and executive-produced by her husband, Blake Edwards. Julie plays Julie Carlyle, the glamorous star of a TV variety show who impulsively moves from New York City to Sioux City, Iowa, to marry a veterinarian (James Farentino) with two children. She brings her producer (Eugene Roche) and her television show with her.
That leads to such scenes as Farentino’s assistant (Jennifer Edwards, Blake’s daughter from a previous marriage) bursting into the kitchen during dinner to announce, “O’Malley’s heifer is sick. He suspects salmonella.” Farentino: “Is there any blood in the stool?” Edwards: “I don’t know. We’ll have to get a dung sample.” Roche, aside to Andrews: “Welcome to your new and colorful life.”
Faced with a constant stream of complications, Andrews operates with unflappable grace and a grande-dame theatricality (“Brava,” she shouts, when she overhears her stepdaughter singing a little ditty in the living room) that are almost as artificial as the series’ situation, its script and the laugh track.