Picks and Pans Review: Viewer's Choice

UPDATED 09/23/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/23/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

>TV MOVIE-MANIA

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.

C+

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).

Not available for review.

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.

C+

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.

C-

ABC weighs in with Marilyn and Me, a romanticized, antiseptic rendering of Marilyn Monroe's pre-stardom years, starring Susan Griffiths and Jesse Dabson.

B-

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.

B+

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.

C

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.

B-

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