Frances Fisher Makes “Resurrection” Come Alive

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Frances Fisher stars in Resurrection
Frances Fisher in Resurrection

At first I thought ABC’s Resurrection was going to be a ripoff of the French series Les Revenants (The Returned) that I raved about last year when it ran on the Sundance Channel. But Resurrection is that and so much more. First, Frances Fisher stars, so you know this has to be good, because she can do no wrong. OK, maybe a bit wrong in Titanic, but here she plays Lucille Langston, a woman whose 8-year-old son, Jacob, returns to her 32 years after his death. Following five minutes of disbelief, she embraces the possibility of a second chance with him. As each episode introduces a new returned-from-the-dead character, immigration officer J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) and local doctor Maggie Langston (Devin Kelley) try to figure out what’s happening and why. Add in Pastor Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth), Jacob’s now-adult best friend, and Tom’s uncle, Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven), and you’ve got an interesting — if creepy — mystery. I called The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow at the beginning of the season and now I’m calling this one. Come on! You can DVR it while you’re watching The Good Wife.

Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing as Elizabeth Thatcher and Jack Thornton in When Calls the Heart
Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing in When Calls the Heart

The Heart Is Called…
Following the passing of two iconic TV fathers — Ralph Waite of The Waltons and Richard Bull of Little House on the PrairieI was thinking about shows that make me sob uncontrollably. Yes, I watched those shows — plus Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel — so sue me! Everyone deserves a good cry and those shows sure did it for me. But since they’ve been banished to rerun heaven and I’ve seen them all over and over, I needed a new show to blubber over. Enter When Calls the Heart, which, true to form, is on the Hallmark Channel. Erin Krakow stars as Elizabeth Thatcher, a young schoolteacher from a wealthy Eastern family who migrates from the big city to teach school in Coal Valley, a small mining town in western Canada. Enter Jack Thornton, played by Daniel Lissing, a handsome RCMP in a red coat on horseback and it’s love at first sight. Well, who wouldn’t love a Mountie with a big…smile? Add Lori Loughlin as Elizabeth’s new best friend, Abigail Stanton, a mine explosion that killed most of the men in town, leaving behind their widows and children, plus Jack the Mountie trying to uncover who was responsible for the explosion, all the while courting Elizabeth and, well, you get it. Did I mention it’s written, directed and produced by Michael Landon, Jr.? Sob, sob, sob.

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Josh Charles and  Julianna Margulies - the end of Will and Alicia
Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife: the end of Will and Alicia

Spoiling That Spoiler Alert
As you all must know by now, The Good Wife came back and things blew up for Florrick/Agos, Lockhart/Gardner and Governor Peter Florrick. In a three-episode arc, all hell broke loose and Will Gardner went down. I can’t wait until April to see how this resonates.

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And if you’re upset, I did say spoiler alert (and yeah, Rosebud’s a sled).

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Mouse Droppings
So it’s back to court for ABC and Prospect Park Network, as the Mouse countersues the online network over back payments for both All My Children and One Life to Live. ABC claims PPN owes them money and PPN claims ABC destroyed its attempts to reboot both shows. At this point, who gives a crap? Certainly not I, because General Hospital rocks and is getting better each and every day. One Life to Live’s loss is GH’s gain.

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Best TV Moment of the Week
Who said Larry Hagman’s death in 2012 would mean the end of the Dallas reboot in 2014? Not me! John Ross is the spittin’, smarmy image of his dead pappy, broads on the side and all. Bobby’s still righteous and Sue Ellen’s a-drinkin’ again. What is it about Dallas that makes me eliminate the letter g?

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The late James Rebhorn
The late James Rebhorn

Hail and Farewell
Comedian David Brenner passed away on Sat., March 15, at his home in New York. Brenner, 78, held the record for the most Tonight Show appearances, spending 158 nights with Johnny Carson and as a guest host. Brilliant character actor James Rebhorn left an amazing portfolio of work, from Silkwood and Scent of a Woman to Third Watch and Law and Order to White Collar and Homeland, not to mention a self-penned obit. Well done. Last, but never least, the wonderful Sheila MacRae also left us in March. MacRae performed in films (Caged), on stage (Absurd Person Singular), on TV (The Jackie Gleason Show as Alice Kramden) and on stage with her late husband Gordon in Bells Are Ringing (1964) and Guys and Dolls (1965). I first met her in 1983 when I was working on Tallulah! with Helen Gallagher. One day at the box office, a woman was asking for her tickets. “The name is MacRae, Sheila MacRae, Mrs. Gordon MacRae,” she said, with a loud emphasis on Mac Rae. That’s who she was. She will be missed.

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