The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 30
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 30

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 30, 1996
Page 30
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B WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 1996 APPLAUSE THE SALINA JOURNAL 1 Don't cry over TV's spilled ink • By KEVIN D. THOMPSON Cox News Service A"Ink" doesn't stink. In fact, the new and improved newspaper comedy starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen is pretty good. No small feat, considering CBS had to start from scratch after the original first four episodes were junked. "Ink" was conceived to pay homage to the screwball newspaper comedies of the 1940s. Reporters wore visors, there were no computers and not a single contemporary reference was made. The result was disastrous. In the revamped version, executive producer Diane English ("Murphy Brown," "Love & War") dragged the show into the '90s . Smart move. Now there are copiers, computers and a call from a "metro bomber." English wisely re-wrote the characters. Danson plays Mike Logan, a womanizing, star columnist at the New York Sun — sort of a more intelligent Sam Malone Steenburgen is Kate Montgomery, Mike's jet-setting, seen-it-all ex-wife and new boss. Kate becomes the paper's managing editor after the previous editor retires. Mike hasn't seen his ex- wife, whom he calls Evita, in years, and is stunned to find out he now works for her. Although they can't work together; they still have the hots for each other. In the show's funniest moment, Kate tells Mike, "I was hoping you would be fat and bald." Mike then walks out of Kate's office backward to hide his bald spot. • "Ink" works because there is a genuine, likable chemistry between Danson and Steenburgen, husband and wife in real life. It's like watching Sam and Diane go toe-to-toe on "Cheers" all over again. The supporting cast is so- so, but as Belinda Carhardt, the paper's boozing gossip columnist, Christine Ebersole gets off the funniest line. 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