Picks and Pans Review: Guilty Hearts
CBS calls this four-hour drama a "true-crime love story." (And you thought love was legal.) In fact, it's a textbook example of how to pad a decent TV movie into a mediocre miniseries.
Marcia Gay Harden (The Education of Max Bickford) stars as Jenny Moran, a rather mousy church organist whose husband, Matt (Gary Basaraba), prefers beer and sports to communication. Life gets more exciting for Jenny when she leaves the lug and enters into an affair with Dr. Stephen Carrow (Treat Williams), a pillar of their small community. Then Mrs. Car-row is murdered in her bed, and the doc emerges as the prime suspect. It's fairly interesting to learn who did it, as well as how and why, so I'll reveal no more of the true-crime stuff. You need to know, however, that Guilty Hearts keeps putting off the courtroom climax to depict the growing rapprochement between Jenny and Matt, who heightens his sensitivity steadily and implausibly throughout part 2.
Bottom Line: Guilty of being too long