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The St. James sisters had sunk everything they could beg or borrow into their new business venture, the New Attitude Beauty Salon, where the gossip alone was worth a visit. The partnership was fifty-fifty: outrageous , try-anything Yvonne ( Phyllis Yvonne Stickney) got them into trouble, and conservative, sensible Vicki ( Sheryl Lee Ralph) got them out. Lamarr ( Morris Day) was their colorful top hairdresser, the " prince of perms"; Taylor ( Karen Bankhead), the ambitious but inept receptionist ( she had flunked the beautician's exam eleven times); and Leon ( Earl Billings), the landlord.

Based on the play " Beauty Shop," by Shelly Garrett.

A Review from The LA Times

TV Reviews : 'Beauty Shop' Takes On a 'New Attitude'
August 08, 1990|RAY LOYND

That bastion of female clubbiness, the beauty parlor, is the setting for a new sitcom, "New Attitude," premiering on ABC at 9:30 tonight (Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42).

This is an upscale, black beauty shop run with panache by two sisters, (the chic, sensible Sheryl Lee Ralph and the brassy, mischievous Phyllis Yvonne Stickney). Morris Day, a beautician called Lamarr, "the prince of perm," is also a regular, albeit looking a bit wan in this henhouse where sexual innuendo and Oprah Winfrey's diet top the conversation.

The pilot episode airing tonight (followed by the first of eight regularly scheduled shows premiering Friday) is encumbered by an inane plot about a lawsuit from a customer who claims her hair turned green after a visit to the salon. We don't see the plaintiff, only her attorney (lame guest star Clark Johnson), who's ogled by the chicks under the rinse.

The production's only hope evident here is the flavor and sass of co-stars Ralph (who was one of the original Broadway "Dreamgirls") and the turbaned Stickney, a Whoopi Goldberg-ish character with a meaner streak.

Director Oz Scott keeps the New Attitude shop's scented captives moving to the show's upbeat musical theme: "I'm wearing a new dress and a new hat . . . I know where I'm going and what to do." The screen, with video bravado, fills with lascivious close-ups of wet lips. New Attitude, indeed.

The best title--and certainly funnier show--is the outrageously blunt "Beauty Shop," the current play at the Pantages Theater, which Castle Rock Entertainment bought, sanitized and turned into this series. Tonight's episode has a quartet of writing credits (Jack Elinson, Maiya Williams, Tom Straw and Ralph Farguhar).

An Article from The New York Times on what to watch in August of 1990.

Series in the Summer: What to Watch, or Not

Published: August 7, 1990

Northern Exposure CBS, 10 P.M.

Neither the weather nor television fare has sizzled much this summer. But all the networks have offered a few new series for those inclined to spend the pleasant evenings in front of the tube. John O'Connor and Walter Goodman offer comments on some of the main shows.

Northern Exposure CBS, 10 P.M. Thursday. Brash and sometimes obnoxious Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), a 27-year-old New Yorker and graduate of the Columbia Univerity College of Physicians and Surgeons, is forced to move to Alaska for four years as part of a contract to repay a state education loan. Watch as the citified Dr. Joel is softened and enlightened by his wily country cousins. He even gets to like mooseburgers. Joshua Brand and John Falsey, the creators of ''St. Elsewhere,'' score nicely on their latest effort. - John J. O'Connor

Real Life with Jane Pauley NBC, 10 P.M. Tuesday. The most promising magazine show of the season. Coming up this week are reports on television viewing habits and a run-down Los Angeles neighborhood that is being abandoned by businesses. The debut two weeks ago presented a sobering look at young parents who are working harder than ever, and an amusing look at the difficulty most folks have in operating a video-cassette recorder. - Walter Goodman

Wish You Were Here CBS, 9:30 P.M. Friday. Donny Cogswell (Lew Schneider) buys a videocam and immediately decides to get out of the Wall Street rat race and travel around the world, sending back videotapes as post cards. Relying almost entirely on a videocam format, the series takes Donny to such faraway places as Paris, Budapest and Barcelona. The combination of travelogue and sitcom can exert a goofy sort of charm, depending on your tolerance for silliness. - J.J. O'C.

Twin Peaks ABC, 9 P.M. Saturday. Yes, Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), an F.B.I. special agent, and all the odd folk who reside in David Lynch's vision of a northwest timber town are back in re-runs. A great opportunity for anybody who still cares who killed Laura Palmer. Some people apparently do, because the series received 14 Emmy nominations. - W.G.

Adventure PBS, 7. P.M. Saturday in New York; Monday in most other cities. The week's entry in this series of real-life journeys is ''The Wildman of China,'' an account of an anthropologist's search for evidence of the existence of a creature that is reputed to be half-human, half-apelike. The search turns out to be less than enthralling, but the pictures of life in China's interior are enough to keep one watching. August also brings a 72-day journey along Canada's rugged Back River, a search in Australia's Outback for the real Crocodile Dundee and a stroll across an African desert. Vicarious pleasures for the couch potato. - W.G.

Prime Time Pets CBS, 8 P.M. Friday. If you've been craving a combination of ''America's Funniest Home Videos'' and David Letterman's pet acts, here it is. The show has already brought the nation a prairie dog that bowls, a real dog that shoots pool and a man who brushes his fish's teeth. There has also been a touching little piece about dolphins cavorting with a child who has Down Syndrome and a mildly informative visit with a woman who captures and packages ants for people's ant farms. This week brings us a dancing poodle, a television-watching cat and more. Wil Shriner, the show's keeper, applies the showbiz whip with a light hand and should be able to handle protests from ant activists. - W.G.

New Attitude ABC, 9:30 Friday. Call it Ebony Magnolias. The setting of this new sitcom is a Los Angeles beauty parlor run by two black sisters, Vicki (Sheryl Lee Ralph), the prettier, and Phyllis (Phyllis Yvonne Stickney), the naughtier. ''You cannot be too obvious with men,'' says Yvonne. ''That's why God put our breasts in front.'' The banter in the early entries is snappier than the plots, which won't make anybody's hair stand on end. - W.G.

Top Cops CBS, 10 P.M. Wednesday. One of the executive producers is Sonny Grosso, the former policeman of ''French Connection'' fame. These days he is into reality programming, offering heroism stories introduced by real policeman, who are portrayed by actors in the re-enactments. True! Real! So says an announcer. The stories are set in New York and other major cities. The filming is done entirely in Toronto. Reality has its limits on television. J.J. O'C'

Room for Romance CBS, 10 P.M. Friday. Think of ''The Love Boat'' set in cement. This series is anchored in a Manhattan apartment building that, the ads promise, ''has a lot of stories.'' True, but most of these are predictable enough to make your feet ache. Observing the romantic entanglements from the lobby are Roman the friendly doorman (Dom Irrera) and 10-year-old Caroline (Rebecca Harrell), pert beyond her years. Quick, hop in that elevator and let's get out of here. - J.J. O'C.

Glory Days Fox Broadcasting, 8 P.M. Wednesday. Patrick Hasburg, the producer who gave this flegling network ''21 Jump Street'' and Johnny Depp, has now devised a series in which four post-high school chums hang out together even as their lives head in different directions. Think poor man's ''Diner.'' One fellow, Walker (Brad Pitt), loses his football scholarship and returns from college to become a writer for the local newspaper. He may not have professional credentials, but a lop-sided grin augurs well for his future success. This is the television school of young male pinups. Fox is clearly hoping that it will continue to serve its ratings well. - J.J. O'C.

Molloy Fox Broadcasting. 9 P.M. Wednesday. Fox moves from guys in their early 20's to a girl just turned 13. Molloy (Mayim Bialik) is a precocious children's show actress who, after the death of her mother in New York, moves in with her father and his new family in Beverly Hills. Molloy is socially committed; her stepmother worries about bikini waxings. Once again, we have New York types who are concerned with important matters, and Californians who are genetically frivolous. The stereotypes can be amusing, but the concept does not, as they say in the business, have legs. J.J. O'C.

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