Picks and Pans Review: The Manions of America

updated 10/05/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/05/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

The writer-producer godmother of daytime TV, Agnes Nixon (see story, page 71), who created All My Children and One Life to Live, slips into prime time with this six-hour rogue-to-riches story about an Irish immigrant's rise to wealth and power in 19th-century America. Pierce Brosnan is suitably fiery as the rebellious hero, but Kate Mulgrew seems too hard-edged as his aristocratic wife. The lush and lusty production continues Thursday and Friday.

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