Show Business: Viewpoints

BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE. CBS. Saturday, 8:30-9 p.m. E.D.T.

On paper, this formula-ridden show has everything against it. A poor Jew named Bernie Steinberg (David Birney) marries a rich Irish Catholic named Bridget Fitzgerald (Meredith Baxter), while the four meddlesome in-laws, instead of cutting into the wedding cake, cut into each other. Surprisingly, the formula works, and Bridget Loves Bernie, whose ethnic humor descends from Abie's Irish Rose (the long-running comedy of the '20s) down through All in the Family, is one of the brighter comedy spots of the new season.

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