Picks and Pans Review: Money, Power, Murder

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Dec. 10, 9 P.M. ET)

C+

In this TV movie, Knots Landing's super-hubbie, Kevin Dobson, plays Peter Finley, a real New York City type of guy. He's a wisecracking, baseball-loving saloon habitué. He's also a dogged cable TV reporter. When a network anchorwoman disappears, he crashes through a thicket of suspects who may have wished her harm, including Peter (The Young and the Restless) Bergman as her co-anchor and Anthony Herrera as the network president.

There are some basic problems with this production. The plot is too busy and over-populated. The dialogue is curiously choppy, considering that the movie is based on such a witty novel (Dead Air, by Mike Lupica). There is also some questionable casting, including Josef Sommer as Dobson's father and Blythe Danner as his wife. Both seem far too sophisticated to be related to this smart aleck.

The one charm of Money, Power, Murder consists of watching Dobson throw his elbows around and talk guttural, the way he used to in his previous series role, as Kojak's Crocker.

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