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Picks and Pans Review: A Passion for Justice: the Hazel Brannon Smith Story

updated 04/18/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/18/1994 01:00AM

ABC (April 17, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

Jane Seymour plays a southern belle and liberal-leaning newspaper editor, in that order, in this drama, which is set in Mississippi in the mid-'5Os and is based on a true story. Seymour has the flouncy gentility down pal (the accent is fine, and she wears a succession of flattering hats). And, as she uses her newspaper to battle local racism, she has all the requisite dignity, nobility and chin-forward determination. But she is not at all convincing as a newspaperwoman. Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for her editorial writing in 1964, but it is hard to imagine Seymour ever selling pen to paper, let alone drafting a sentence. Passionate is not the same thing as cogitative.

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