Picks and Pans Review: Runaway

UPDATED 10/02/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/02/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

The CW (Mondays, 9 p.m. ET)

The CW's first original series feels like 7th Heaven set in hell—a sensitive family drama played out under infernally difficult conditions.

The premise is good: A prominent East Coast attorney (Donnie Wahlberg, the most anxious-looking actor on the planet) is framed for murder, and his wife and three kids are being hunted by an unknown enemy. They hit the road, leaving behind old identities, scrambling to create new ones and to find a safe, anonymous haven. Well, how about small-town Iowa? Wahlberg, still trying to piece together who's out to get him, lands a job at the local diner. Meanwhile—and here's the 7th Heaven part—it's dawning on his teen daughter Hannah (Sarah Ramos) that maybe she can reinvent herself as a cool girl at her new school. You go on the lam, and you find Laguna Beach.

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