People don't just talk on TV anymore. They banter.
ABC's "Moonlighting" is currently TV's world-class banterer, with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis pouring forth continuously charming rat-a-tat-tat as quirky Maddie Hayes and smirky David Addison.
The genre gets another working over with Margot Kidder and James Read on "Shell Game," the CBS adventure/comedy/drama/whatever series premiering at 8 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8). They play crabbing, blabbing, snipping, quipping former con artists Jennie Jerome and John Reid, who were once married to each other.
John is now in TV, with his own consumer-action show, but is still shifty. And so is Jennie, wangling a job with John's production staff tonight as a way of eluding an angry mark. Together, combining their skills at deception, John and Jennie create a "sting" that foils a husband's nasty scheme to grab his wealthy wife's money.