Picks and Pans Review: Blood on Her Hands

UPDATED 03/23/1998 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/23/1998 at 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sun., March 22, 9 p.m. ET)

C

Soap fans have been watching Susan Lucci do her scheming-seductress number for 28 years on All My Children. Those who still can't get enough Lucci should enjoy watching her lead besotted men to ruin in her latest TV movie. She plays a siren who calculatedly drives her lover (Philip Casnoff from the Sinatra miniseries) so wild that he arranges the death of her rich husband (John O'Hurley, Seinfeld's]. Peter man). After reluctantly wedding the ardent Casnoff, Lucci lets him take the fall for the murder while she hops into the sack—into the bubble bath, to be exact—with his defense counsel (Kamar de los Reyes, One Life to Live), who doesn't exactly strain to gain an acquittal. (Hearing that the lawyer is known for the risky strategy of putting his clients on the witness stand, Casnoff should have immediately called Johnnie Cochran.) Despite a number of clichés (Casnoff's cross-examiner: "So you expect this jury to believe...") and a weak ending, the drama is fairly diverting, demanding nothing of the viewer but acceptance of the debatable premise that all males are putty in the hands of La Lucci.

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