MONDAY - Sunset Beach, Ten, noon
IT MIGHT sound hard to believe but, until now, the man responsible for such
TV fare as Charlie's Angels, Melrose Place and Dynasty, Aaron Spelling, has
left one lowbrow section of the menu untouched: daytime soap opera.
Spelling's first foray into the genre is Sunset Beach, a sluggish concoction
of sand, slow storylines and (of course, you knew it) sex.
The town of Sunset Beach lies somewhere near Los Angeles and is, naturally,
populated largely by either bare-chested lifeguards or people whose sole role in
life seems to be visiting cafes.
Into this suburban maelstrom walks Meg Cummings, a naive girl from Kansas
who has just left her cheating groom-to-be at the altar. She has flown to Sunset
Beach to hook up with a man she has corresponded with on the Internet - known
only to her by the cyber-codename of S. B. We know who he is but poor Meg
doesn't and her search for the mysterious S. B. is certain to unfold over many
Daytime soap has always flowed at a far slower pace to its night-time cousin
but Sunset Beach's opening few episodes are particularly plodding. The program
also lacks interesting characters over the age of 30, which won't win it too
many older fans.
It's too early to say for sure whether Sunset Beach will last but the signs
are it will be another Models Inc.
The series has a two-hour debut on Monday; then one hour weekdays.