"Titans" on NBC-TV 

Guilty Pleasure

They're wealthy, they're powerful, and their family life is deliciously dysfunctional. They're the Williamses of Williams Global Enterprises: CEO and father, Richard Williams (Perry King); his estranged wife, Gwen (Victoria Principal), who has staked out her turf in a mansion across the street; adopted son Chandler (Casper Van Diem) who's just returned from Navy duty in Hawaii; and Richard's young bride, Heather (Yasmine Bleeth), who recently shared Chandler's bed.

They're a bunch of lying, thieving, conniving, disloyal, blackmailing, decadent, depraved rich people — and that's just the immediate principals.

Add in Chandler's ambitious brother Peter (John Barrowman), his Uncle Jack (Jack Wagner), his beautiful sisters, Jenny Williams (Elizabeth Bogush) and Laurie (Josie Davis), and Richard's promising executive assistant, Samantha Sanchez, and you've got "Titans," a bubbling cauldron of a serial drama that celebrates youth, power, sex, lust and obscene wealth, every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC-TV.

Fifty years ago it would have been called a bodice-ripper. What do we call it now — a seamless-strapless-pushup-Wonderbra® ripper?

Not surprisingly, Aaron Spelling ("Dynasty," "Beverly Hills 90210") is at the helm of the production of the glossy "Titans," aided by E. Duke Vincent ("Dynasty," "90210") and Charles Pratt Jr. ("Melrose Place").

No matter. What counts is that although it's as barren at the center as the cone in a cotton candy, "Titans" is indescribably delicious if what you're in the mood for is empty calories.

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