Picks and Pans Review: Three Days 'twas the Night
Disney Channel (Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m. ET)
Whether you prefer an out-and-out tearjerker or an irreverent comedy, a Disney-owned cable network is ready to meet your holiday needs.
Three Days, on ABC Family (the former Fox Family Channel, bought by Disney last summer), is a watchable but manipulative TV movie about a careerist (Reed Diamond, late of Homicide: Life on the Street) who fails to appreciate his perfect wife (Sex and the City's Kristin Davis) until she's killed by a speeding car at Christmas-time. A smooth angel (Tim Meadows, bearing traces of his Ladies' Man character from Saturday Night Live) offers Diamond a chance to relive the last three days with his "special lady" and this time treat her right. But she'll die as before, the angel insists. Yeah, sure.
In Disney Channel's 'Twas the Night, Santa Claus is out cold after taking a fall, and a con man (Bryan Cranston of Malcolm in the Middle) commandeers his new computerized sleigh. Cranston's game plan is to loot up-scale homes on Christmas Eve, and he's impudently funny before learning the obligatory lesson.
Bottom Line: Night's brighter than Days