Make your reservations now for "A Table at Ciro's" (tonight, Channels 28 and 15 at 9 p.m., Channel 24 at 8 p.m.). An hourlong dramatization of Budd Schulberg's 1941 short story about one important day in the life of a Hollywood mogul and his sycophants, this "Table" is exquisitely set and offers a sophisticated and delicious little meal.
It's the second of three "Tales From the Hollywood Hills," an anthology that began last week with the relatively lackluster "Natica Jackson." The producers should have put their best foot forward first.
"A Table" is one of those rare shows that must be watched on a color set. Its pinks, oranges and greens are that vibrant, and they create an entrancing vision of bygone Hollywood. Nor does the stylish look stop with the palette of colors. The camera moves were choreographed with a fluidity that echoes the theme of the story--the flow patterns of Hollywood power.
Even the choice of locations reflects extraordinary care. A Santa Monica home that belonged to Dolores Del Rio serves as the mogul's mansion. This sleek, moderne palace is a refreshing change from the usual notions of '30s Hollywood grandeur.