Picks and Pans Review: Maneater

updated 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lifetime, May 30, 9 p.m. ET/PT |


Like Debra Messing's The Starter Wife, this two-part frothfest is based on a novel by Hollywood insider Gigi Levangie Grazer. Sarah Chalke is Clarissa, a socialite who schemes to marry rich and guarantee her stupidly expensive lifestyle. She pursues a film producer (Philip Winchester), unaware he's playing her too. Chalke has some good scenes at the end, when a humanized Clarissa—in truth a voracious romantic—learns that life is not a spa treatment. The rest is cardboard.

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