CBS (Sun., April 14, 9 P.M. ET)
When a pregnant woman goes into a coma following a car accident, her husband is caught in a dilemma, weighing her welfare against that of the fetus. His decision embroils him in a heated legal battle with pro-life activists—one that grows increasingly desperate as the pregnancy advances.
Henry Winkler and Jennifer Hetrick, Arnie’s estranged wife on L.A. Law, play the couple in this dull drama, which also stars Richard Kiley, Karl Malden, Patty Duke and Mitchell Laurence.
The flatness of the fact-based movie (the case involved a New York couple in 1989) is due primarily to Winkler’s oddly understated performance. At first, you assume he’s playing the role as a man overwhelmed by tragedy. But, except for one overdue outburst, he never opens up the character. That emotional torpor anesthetizes the entire film.