Picks and Pans Review: James A. Michener's Texas

updated 04/17/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/17/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun. and Mon., April 16 and 17, 9 p.m. ET)

C +

Mixing plenty of fiction with the facts surrounding the creation of the state of Texas, this 4-hour miniseries quickly becomes Little Soap Opera on the Prairie. The primary story involves Stephen Austin (Patrick Duffy), who falls in love with a widowed settler (Chelsea Field), who happens to love a Mexican revolutionary (Benjamin Bratt), who...well, you get the idea.

Occasionally, Sam Houston (Stacey Keach) pops up, talking tough about Texas and freedom. But his story seems almost an afterthought. Mostly, Texas is just like driving through the state. Both take a long time, and after a while everything begins to look very familiar.

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