Picks and Pans Review: Gun
ABC invokes the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone in promoting this anthology series that follows a high-caliber semiautomatic as it passes from owner to owner. Believe the hype.
The April 12 premiere, written by coexecutive producer James Sadwith (director of 1992's CBS miniseries Sinatra) and directed by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), is a funny but foreboding satire about a failed actor (Daniel Stern) who becomes a media sensation after capturing a convenience-store robber. He insists on playing himself in the inevitable TV movie, with the part of his loyal wife (Kathy Baker) sexed up to fit cover girl Kathy Ireland. Don't say it could not happen. A future episode (air date not announced), written and directed by Sadwith, stars Rosanna Arquette and Peter Horton in the tightly woven tale of a bored housewife, a cuckolded husband, a manipulative writer, a political assassin and the pearl-handled firearm that links their fortunes.
Another coexecutive producer for the series is movie auteur Robert Altman (The Player), and one of the six scheduled episodes will bear his directorial stamp. We'd like to see Gun stay in circulation a lot longer.