"The Cover Girl and the Cop" (at 9 p.m. on Channels 4, 36 and 39) is not the worst TV movie ever made. It could, however, be used as an argument to make bad television a punishable offense.
Julia Duffy is forced to take her vain, ditzy blond "Newhart" character a step too far. She plays Jackie, a Vanna White-type TV celebrity, pursued by killers because she can identify the murderer of a White House VIP.
Who better to protect her, and show her how to be a real woman, than tough rookie cop Denise (Dinah Manoff of "Empty Nest"), who has a basketball net in her apartment, calls men "scrods" and says "you're dead meat"?
(We can tell Denise is feminine underneath, though--she runs over curbs when she drives.)
Will Denise teach Jackie the beauty benefits of dog shampoo? When she says "act like a real woman," will it give Jackie the confidence to dress as a man and intimidate a bar full of thugs? Will Jackie persuade Denise to use her womanly gifts and put on a skin-tight dress and high heels, enter a swank hotel, gather important evidence and nail herself a wealthy boyfriend (without being mistaken for a hooker)?