October 23, 2000 12:00 PM

ABC (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

Mad for each other? Maybe. Made for each other? Hardly.

In the Oct. 10 premiere of this mediocre sitcom, single Teddie (Geena Davis) and widowed Max (Peter Horton) fell head over heels and got engaged after a six-week acquaintance (which took up less than a minute of screen time). Teddie moved from Manhattan into Max’s suburban home, foolishly convinced that being stepmother to his two children would require little thought or effort. Then she demonstrated her sense of propriety by parading around the kitchen in a T-shirt and panties, oblivious to the hormonal reaction of 13-year-old Carter (John Francis Daley from Freaks and Geeks). Later, Teddie and Max had an argument about parenting, and Teddie’s friend Hillary (Mimi Rogers) assured her that “a fight is how you know a relationship is real.” Frequent lovers’ quarrels seem inevitable here—to be followed by “make-up sex”—but reality doesn’t figure to be much of a factor.

According to ABC publicity, Max is a “successful writer,” which explains how he can afford to hang around the house while employing an apparently full-time caregiver (Esther Scott) for the kids. Teddie heads a company that connects celebrities with worthy causes. Her staff consists of sassy Judy (Kim Coles) and obnoxious Alan (Harland Williams), whose principal comic attributes are his stiff-necked posture and double chin. There’s no denying Davis’s assets, but those great gams will get her show only so far.

Bottom Line: Shaky star vehicle

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