Picks and Pans Review: Three Moons Over Milford

updated 08/21/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC Family (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET)

A comet has slammed into the moon, breaking it into three chunks that look like pieces of a giant, milk-soaked cracker hanging in the nighttime sky. No one knows when the chunks will fall. Until then, instead of looting, hoarding or just screaming, the residents of the New England town of Milford chase after unrealized dreams.

The show's focus is on a prominent family minus its father figure—the moron has run off to scale mountains. Left stranded are his wife, Laura (Elizabeth McGovern), and two kids, a 16-year-old son (Sam Murphy) who wants to have a fling with an older woman, and a young daughter (Teresa Celentano) who hopes witchcraft can save the planet. These three make an unexpectedly believable unit (they're loving yet mutually frustrating), but the whimsy is too much. It's like a doomsday Gilmore Girls.


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