With ABC's "Moonlighting" already under her belt, Cybill Shepherd may have come up with another bright flame as a gadabout L.A. actress in the new CBS comedy series "Cybill."
Shades of Steve Martin in "L.A. Story," Cybill Sheridan (Shepherd) and a friend are barely flustered when an earthquake briefly punctuates their lunch at a trendy restaurant ("What do you think, 3.6?"). Nor does she appear perturbed when halted by freeway gridlock.
There's also talk of coyotes, illegal immigrants and other identifiable locale traits. We know that this is not really Los Angeles, however, because Cybill is in an open convertible and no one's shooting at her.
This credibility lapse aside, there's enough in the premiere of "Cybill" to deliver a strong whiff of deja vu for Angelenos, and enough needled dark humor--the contrasting sophisticated wit and Shepherd's earthiness are an interesting mix--to make this promising entry in the CBS comedy lineup something you'd be apt to return to.