Thea

Acast of likable characters gather around Thea Turrell (played by Thea Vidale), who's a wise, direct, widowed mother of four in a well-written, appealing script by Bernie Kukoff. Directed sharply by Jay Sandrich, "Thea" has heart as well as old-fashioned good humor; program has good commercial possibilities.

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Cast: Thea Vidale, Adam Jeffries, Jason Weaver, Brandy Norwood, Brenden Jefferson, Cleavant Derricks, Kenny Ford Jr., Charmin Lee Talbert, Peggy Blow.

Acast of likable characters gather around Thea Turrell (played by Thea Vidale), who’s a wise, direct, widowed mother of four in a well-written, appealing script by Bernie Kukoff. Directed sharply by Jay Sandrich, “Thea” has heart as well as old-fashioned good humor; program has good commercial possibilities.

Thea works hard to support her brood: responsible Jarvis Jr. (Adam Jeffries), 16; sharpie Jerome (Jason Weaver), 14; sensible Danesha (Brandy Norwood); and wee James (Brenden Jefferson).

Thea puts Jarvis in charge while she’s out of the house one night. Danesha’s going to study at the library with a new boyfriend, and she’s told to be home on time. Jerome, getting around Jarvis — and Mom’s instructions — goes to the video arcade for a tourney, and Thea comes home early.

Casting is terrif, with Vidale serving up a strong character who knows how to express herself. Briefly but forthrightly drilling Danesha’s friend (Kenny Ford Jr.), describing a man making a pass at her, and pouring love over small James, Vidale’s Thea Turrell is a prize.

The youngsters are winners, too. Weaver’s Jerome is a pleasure, and Jeffries’ Jarvis yells dependability. Norwood hasn’t enough to do in the first outing; young Jefferson’s James is amusing. Sitcom, blessedly free of coarse lingo or innuendo, could become a standard.

A second episode airs Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m., before series bows Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Looks like Thea and her family will be around for a while; they’re worth a visit.

Thea

(Wed. (8), 8-8:30 p.m., ABC-TV)

Production: Taped at Universal City Studios by Castle Rock Entertainment. Exec producers, Bernie Kukoff, Andrew Susskind; co-exec producer, Bill Bryan; supervising producer, Tom Devanney; producer, Mary Ellen Jones; director, Jay Sandrich; writer-creator, Kukoff; production designer, Tom Azzari.

Crew: Music, Kurt Farquhar; main title theme, Freddie Washington, Ben Wright.

Cast: Cast: Thea Vidale, Adam Jeffries, Jason Weaver, Brandy Norwood, Brenden Jefferson, Cleavant Derricks, Kenny Ford Jr., Charmin Lee Talbert, Peggy Blow.

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