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Living Single Judging by the Cover

With 13 episodes already ordered, Fox delivers a new series that may appeal to uncritical youthful audiences. The setup is formula stuff -- four young professional women living under one roof -- and there are a couple of laughs, but the material by Yvette Denise Lee needs Tony Singletary's helpful direction.

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Cast: Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, T.C. Carson, John Kenton, Kim Fields, Cyle Cozart, Natalie Belcon.

With 13 episodes already ordered, Fox delivers a new series that may appeal to uncritical youthful audiences. The setup is formula stuff — four young professional women living under one roof — and there are a couple of laughs, but the material by Yvette Denise Lee needs Tony Singletary’s helpful direction.

Rap’s Queen Latifah plays Khadijah, who’s got three femme roommates and has started a magazine. Her secretary-housemate Synclaire (Kim Cole) has goofed up the job of finding a cover celeb for the new mag, so Khadijah’s getting nervous.

Roommate Regine (Kim Fields), as shallow and appealing as lipstick, pines over her romance with a wealthy, handsome dude who promises her the moon but has a secret.

Fourth roommate Maxine (Erika Alexander), attorney and fervent women’s libber , adds commentary and physical punctuation.

Series is in the frayed tradition of dozens of sitcoms, but the thesping may make some difference. Lee pushes things with standard sitcom characters — though John Kenton’s handyman Overton is a kick — and lightly amusing situations, but the one-liners and reactions are soon tiresome.

Latifah gives a confident, in-charge perf; Alexander plays flamboyant; Coles goes along with the action; and Fields shamelessly steals her scenes. “Living Single” could draw Fox watchers with its vitality alone.

Living Single Judging by the Cover

(Sun. (22), 8:30-9 p.m., FBC)

Production: Filmed by Warner Bros. TV Prods. and Fox Broadcasting Co. Exec producer, Tom Anderson; co-exec producer-writer-creator, Yvette Denise Lee; producer, Roxie Evans; director, Tony Singletary.

Crew: Camera, Bryan Hays; editor, Henry Chab; art director, Lynn Griffin; music, John Barnes; theme, Queen Latifah.

Cast: Cast: Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, T.C. Carson, John Kenton, Kim Fields, Cyle Cozart, Natalie Belcon.

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