ABC (Mon., May 11, 9 P.M. ET)
Last week ABC put Cybill Shepherd in this slot as a glib Los Angeleno action heroine in Stormy Weathers. This week it’s Farrah Fawcett’s turn. She plays Jessie Lee Stubbs, a hard-nosed, beer-drinking scofflaw public defender in a movie based on Ross McDonald’s novel The Ferguson Affair. While Jessie Lee is chasing after a deadly bunco artist, she in turn is being followed with more than professional interest by a handsome cop (Al Martinez, the Santa Barbara star who has just signed to go prime-time next fall on L.A. Law).
Fawcell is terrific, all knuckles and brambles. And she has a volatile romantic chemistry with Martinez. Mark LaMura, Dakin Matthews, Cliff De Young, James Gammon, Andrew Robinson and John Hancock costar. Most TV movies that aim for intrigue are duds; this one—spicy and aerobically paced until it runs out of breath in the second half—is a crackerjack thriller.