Dorothy Rabinowitz –

A word on “Momma’s Boys” — the new contest involving the hopeful, the hapless and the deranged (begins Tuesday, 10-11 p.m. EST, on NBC). Here 32 women packed into a Santa Barbara mansion await a competition for the g

ood will and sympathy of three mothers there to oversee which of these lucky women is worthy of marriage to their sons. The first episodes introduce a lovely contestant who has, she sweetly allows, done jail time, nothing violent. Better by far, a mother who announces she will tolerate no blacks, Asians or Jews as a daughter-in-law. Nothing so enthralling — in its pathological way — has come along in this TV genre for many a moon. Never mind the sons — self-admitted “momma’s boys” all. It’s the women who may haunt your dreams.