Lifetime (Tues., Oct. 27, 9 P.M. ET)
In this mushy cable movie, Blair Brown is a three-star Army general drafted to run for President after winning a Schwarzkopfian victory in a Desert Storm—like war. As she charges down the road to the White House though, she becomes less of a military pro and more of your basic tele-female, crying when she’s alone in her hotel, trying to connect with the daughter who resents her success. There’s not a hint of the greasy joys of political scrapping.
Brown is likable, with a relaxed dignity that should be the envy of all spin controllers, but this movie is too removed from reality. (For instance, the general’s admission that she had an abortion causes less furor than reports of her daughter’s affair with a married professor.)