Picks and Pans Review: She Was Marked for Murder

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Dec. 18, 9 P.M. ET)

C+

Stefanie Powers plays a powerful but lonely magazine publisher who meets and then marries a young and handsome businessman, Hunt (Knots Landing) Block. But the network press release tells us that Block is "too good to be true." Uh-oh. That always spells trouble. We see the warnings: Block meets Powers while jogging; she shouldn't trust a guy who sweats for fun. They meet again in a video store; he's just a lazy couch potato. He showers her with ridiculous flattery: "If you of all people sleep alone, it must be by choice." And worst of all, he says he's an MBA. You can probably guess what comes next (and that is just what's wrong with the plot—you shouldn't be able to guess). First, the people around Powers—Lloyd Bridges and Debrah Farentino as her advisers—don't trust Block. Soon Stefanie starts to wonder about him. Then coincidence piles upon coincidence until the story reaches its exciting conclusion. That conclusion really is exciting. Yes, the last 10 minutes are socko. It's the first 110 that need work.

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