Picks and Pans Review: Catch a Falling Star

updated 03/06/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/06/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., March 5, 9 p.m. ET)

If a screen goddess could fall for a mere bookseller in Notting Hill, there's no reason why a Hollywood star (Once and Again's Sela Ward) can't find happiness with a steel-mill manager (John Slattery). But this TV movie asks us to swallow a lot more than an unlikely love match.

Let's choose to believe that Ward, filming on location in New England, storms off the set, winds up in Slattery's small town and manages to go incognito. Would Slattery casually hire her as company nurse despite her scanty qualifications? Sure, he's hot to date her, but this is a man of integrity who insisted only moments before that "slacking on safety" was unthinkable. Later on, they go to the movies and he's angry when he sees her onscreen in a preview of coming attractions. Says she deceived him. Come on, the guy would be wowed.

Ward is supposed to be a spoiled celeb transformed through the kindness of strangers, but she seems pretty nice all along. Yep, stars are just folks.

Bottom Line: Contrived romance

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