November 14, 2005 12:00 PM

CBS (Nov. 6 and 13, 9 p.m. ET)

This four-hour mother-of-all-storms miniseries, a follow-up to last fall’s Category 6: Day of Destruction, must have been cast by someone blindly grabbing names out of a cumulonimbus cloud. Gina Gershon as the newly appointed head of FEMA, Shannen Doherty as a storm chaser and Swoosie Kurtz as a sneaky televangelist—married to white-haired preacher James Brolin? They don’t seem to belong in the same level of the stratosphere, let alone the same big dumb movie. Kurtz is good in a grand, nutty way. Many special effects were still lacking in my preview tape: It might be fun to see the Statue of Liberty’s arm detached by lightning and heading for Doherty and fellow storm lover Randy Quaid.

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