Back to the Grind



10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18
TV Land

Once a law officer, always a law officer. Ask Erik Estrada, who played a California Highway Patrol officer on "CHiPs." That show mercifully ended in 1983, but Estrada can't get it out of his system. In January, he was a celebrity cop in Muncie, Ind. ("Armed and Dangerous"), and now he's playing at being a highway patrolman on "Back to the Grind."

It's not just Estrada, though. The TV Land series from Michael Levitt Prods. asks two celebrities each week to do jobs they pretended to do many years earlier.

The premiere with Estrada also features Loni Anderson ("WKRP in Cincinnati"), who performs several jobs at three Los Angeles radio stations. Sitting at a switchboard, she takes a call for a song request. Anderson replies sweetly: "Could you call back in a little while because I have no idea how to take care of that for you?"

Still, Anderson and Estrada look like they're having fun, fans get to see how or if they've aged, and the half-hour passes quickly. If subsequent episodes with Marla Gibbs, Harry Anderson, Bea Arthur, Betty White, Ed Begley Jr. and Mark Curry are similarly good-natured, "Grind" will be a pleasant romp.