Picks and Pans Review: Roman Holiday

updated 12/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Dec. 28, 9 p.m. ET)

D+

Right up there with all the Great Ideas in History—like the Bay of Pigs invasion and chocolate-covered cheeseburgers—now add this one, a TV remake of that wonderful 1953 flick, Roman Holiday, about a princess who sneaks away for a day in Rome with a rogue reporter. The original starred the magnificent Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and was directed by the wonderful William Wyler. This one has Catherine (Dynasty) Oxenberg and Tom (Reuben, Reuben) Conti, and it is directed by somebody named Noel Nosseck. Conti is always charming, no matter how bad the show. Oxenberg tries hard, I'll give her that. But this guy Nosseck couldn't direct a fly to an outhouse. He flubs every punch line, squashes every surprise and gets Conti and Oxenberg to stir up as much chemistry as salad dressing. I wouldn't attack him quite so fiercely if he had made just another TV movie of the week. But he tried to remake a classic. Bad idea.

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