Picks and Pans Review: Viewer's Choice
There is an unprecedented flood of made-for-TV network movies this week. Here's a rundown (all start at 9 P.M. ET unless otherwise indicated):
On Friday (Sept. 20) CBS presents Us, the bathos-loaded pilot from Michael Landon's final TV project. He plays a man trying to reunite his family after 18 years of false imprisonment.
Married couple Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke star in a CBS mystery, Love and Curses...And All That Jazz (Sat., Sept. 21 P.M. ET).
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On Sunday (Sept. 22) NBC has Guilty Until Proven Innocent, a grim, fact-based movie about the campaign of a Brooklyn man (Martin Sheen) to exonerate his foster son (Brendan Fraser), who has been convicted of a drug murder.
CBS counters the same night with the weepy Runaway Father, the true story of a mother of three (a brunet-dyed Donna Mills) who tracks down the husband (Jack Scalia) who abandoned them. Seems there's a little matter of 17 years of back child support.
ABC weighs in with Marilyn and Me, a romanticized, antiseptic rendering of Marilyn Monroe's pre-stardom years, starring Susan Griffiths and Jesse Dabson.
On Monday (Sept. 23) NBC has the pick of the litter with Dolly Parton and Gary Busey in the affecting Wild Texas Wind, about a country singer in an abusive relationship.
On Tuesday (Sept. 24) Raymond Burr returns as Perry Mason in NBC's The Case of the Fatal Fashion, a standard red herring brew with Diana Muldaur and Valerie Harper.
CBS trumps Perry with Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story, based on the recent headline-grabbing crime. Helen Hunt stars as Smart, the school adviser who seduces a teenage student (Chad Allen) to kill her husband. The movie isn't bad for a rush job.