The true value of TV stars is much on display in Hudson Street (ABC). Here’s a little wisp of a sitcom that starts off with a divorced cop going on a blind date with a reporter. Soon enough, sparks fly. Not much of interest in that, except the cop is played by Tony Danza and the reporter by Lori Loughlin. In Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, Danza established his thoroughly likable persona — not threateningly smart, a stand-up guy with a good sense of humor. On Full House, Loughlin managed to more than hold her own in a show filled with show-offy men and cute children.
What Danza and Loughlin bring to Hudson Street is effortless savvy — you like their characters even if, in these early weeks, you don’t know them very well. So far, the series is doing a good job extracting laughs from its Hoboken, N.J., police-station setting. The producers have also done something shrewd in turning what looked like a one-shot performance in the pilot — Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter as a grumpy and very funny Rastafarian waiter — into a recurring role as an undercover cop.
Even if this show weren’t hammocked between Roseanne and Home Improvement, chances are that tons of people familiar with both Danza and Loughlin would tune in anyway. Hudson isn’t witty, must-see TV, but it’s certainly a cut above most new stuff this season. B+