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FROM APPEALING STYLE TO CRASS TRASH

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Relativity (Saturdays, 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is a show that ought to please fans of "thirtysomething" and "My So-called Life" - because it's from the producers of those shows.This is a twentysomething romance that stars the enormously appealing Kimberly Williams (who played the bride in "The Father of the Bride" movies) as Isabel and newcomer David Conrad as Leo.

When the series opens, Isabel is in Rome - trying to make up her mind whether she should accept the proposal of her longtime boyfriend. She meets Leo, and it's love as first sight - although she resists that notion, even after both of them are back in Los Angeles.

"Relativity" follows the romance of Isabel and Leo, but it's more than that. It's also about their relatives, and both characters have intriguing relatives.

And the show is done in that "My So-called Life" style - it's believable, relatable and able to draw powerful images.

"Relativity" is worth staying home and watching on Saturday night - or at least setting the VCR for.

Previews Tuesday, Sept. 24. Premieres Sept. 28.

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Public Morals (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) may actually be good news for people who don't like Steven Bochco. It's going to bomb, and bomb big.

As it deserves to.

Some shows can be funny despite being offensive. You almost laugh in spite of your better instincts.

"Public Morals" is remarkably offensive without being in the least bit funny. It's crass trash.

Bochco and Jay Tarses have come up with an alleged comedy about a New York vice squad. The "jokes" are strictly below the belt - anatomical and sexual references too crude to repeat here. The characters are obnoxious, unattractive and cartoonlike.

This is, quite simply, an abomination that CBS should be ashamed of.

Premiere date to be announced.