Picks and Pans Review: Deceptions
NBC (Sunday, May 26, 9 p.m. ET)
The publicity release from the network says: "Telling them apart can be murder." What a straight line. Stefanie Powers plays twins—one frumpy, one a floozy—who decide to trade places for a week. So what we have here is The Patty Duke Show, grown up and grown sleazy, or an accidental The Comedy of Errors. The floozy Stefanie moves to the suburbs and falls in love with the frumpy Stefanie's hohum hubby, Barry (George Washington) Bostwick, the self-described "Christopher Columbus of genetics." The frumpy one, with new hair and wardrobe, moves to London, runs an art gallery and falls in lust with a guy named Carlo, but she also finds herself on the bad side of some bad guys and she gets blown up on a yacht. So Powers gets the rare privilege of crying at her own funeral. (She dies in the very beginning of the mini, so we're not giving away any surprises.) Powers is surrounded by a powerful cast: Jeremy Brett, Brenda Vacarro, Christopher (Man From Moscow) Rozycki, even Gina Lollobrigida. They all look bad, which only makes Powers looks worse. No manner of deception can hide the fact that this flick's a flop. (Part Two airs Monday.)
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