Picks and Pans Review: If Things Were Different
Disaster flicks of the plane crash/ tidal wave variety are passé, but not stories of personal catastrophe. This one, made for TV, excels. Suzanne Pleshette should get another Emmy nomination for her portrayal of a housewife whose husband of 20 years suffers a nervous breakdown. The crew at the TV station where she works—Arte Johnson is the wisecracking program director, Tony Roberts the amorous owner and Chuck McCann the hard-drinking kid-show host—is first-rate. Don Murray as her husband, alas, is catatonic except in flashbacks, and the ending seems like a hokey leftover from some Christmas special. But it's worth seeing Pleshette and Co. at work.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18