Picks and Pans Review: Three Wishes

updated 10/31/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Fridays, 9 p.m. ET)

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Three Wishes is about sowing seeds of kindness that blossom into a garden of good feeling, but it can feel like a flower show dusted with endless sprayings of industrial fertilizer. Giant petals keep unfolding, heavy with grateful tears. It's exhausting. Amy Grant and her team visit a small community and, like a Blue Fairy facing a town hall of Pinocchios, take requests. The locals are all kind and deserve every red cent spent on improving their lives, but you're always aware of the producers' huffing and puffing. Assisting a family who lost their home to Katrina, the Wishes team take them from Houston (they'd already been evacuated) back to New Orleans's Superdome, then fly them to a prim new home in Brookings, S. Dak. There the family is made to watch footage of their ruined old house before being presented with salvaged mementos that survived the flood. How about just letting them sleep?

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