Kukla, Fran and Ollie (tv program)

'Travels' takes the 'Wild' out of Chicago

'Travels' takes the 'Wild' out of Chicago

The television event of the year so far — yes, the year has hardly begun, and, yes, we've watched the dull Golden Globes, and seen an incalculable number of reporters shivering while standing near huge piles of street salt — has been the premiere of a new show called "Wild Travels," which is very much like but also quite different from an old show called "Wild Chicago," which was such an effective video concoction that it has embedded itself in the city's collective TV memory along with the Bears' 1986 Super Bowl triumph, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" and Siskel and Ebert.

It is the work of two veterans of "Wild Chicago," executive producer Harvey...