CBS (Sun., March 31, 9 P.M. ET)
Daniel J. Travanti plays a brusque businessman who goes to Kenya to talk his doctor daughter (Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey) into giving up her research on a strain of sleeping sickness afflicting the Masai tribe.
His offensive manner (“Why don’t you just butt out, bwana,” he tells one new acquaintance) means he doesn’t have many sympathizers when he’s falsely accused of murdering a local official.
Pursuing that leaden premise, this bore in the bush follows a predictable path as Travanti’s efforts to clear his name coincide with his passage from conceit to compassion. From ugly American to tribal champion—sheesh, even Ebenezeer Scrooge didn’t undergo a transformation this drastic.