Picks and Pans Review: The Story Behind the Story

updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., May 13, 8 P.M. ET)

C+

Richard Kiley and Jane (West 57th) Wallace host this special, projected as a possible series, which takes a momentous event and then examines a secondary aspect of it. The first installment features such segments as a look at Abraham Zapruder, the Dallas businessman who took the famous film footage of the JFK assassination in 1963, the story of the man who caught Roger Maris's 61st homer in 1961, and the memories of the other performers on the Ed Sullivan Show the night in 1964 the Beatles made their American debut. Clunky but sometimes interesting, the show, from the makers of Unsolved Mysteries, mixes actual footage with those dreaded dramatic reenactments. If this pilot constitutes their best shot, then it seems dubious that the producers could locate enough compelling stories on the fringes of the spotlight to make this premise work over the course of a season.

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