Picks and Pans Review: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company

updated 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Mon., May 12, 9 p.m. ET)

Of the original Three's Company stars, only Joyce DeWitt had a hand in this middling TV movie about offscreen turmoil at the hit sitcom of the late 70s and early '80s. DeWitt, credited as a coproducer, serves as a narrator of sorts while lookalike actress Melanie Deanne Moore portrays DeWitt in her younger years as steady, pleasant and professional.

DeWitt's old colleagues, John Ritter and Suzanne Somers (see story on page 131), are depicted less favorably. Ritter (Bret Anthony) seems nice but weak, and Somers (Jud Tylor) goes on an ego trip that hurts the show and herself. It's a fairly diverting tale of success gone sour, but at this point in time who cares?

BOTTOM LINE: So-so tube history

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