February 28, 2000 12:00 PM

CBS (Sun., Feb. 27, and Wed., March 1, 9 p.m. ET)

I was all set to issue an exploitation alert on this four-hour version of Lawrence Schiller’s book about the notorious murder of 6-year-old Jon-Benét Ramsey. But after some early gruesomeness, the miniseries focuses on the maneuverings of police, prosecutors and media, and the strong cast (directed by Schiller) gives it a degree of redeeming value. Especially noteworthy are Marg Helgenberger and Ronny Cox as Patsy and John Ramsey, the parents under suspicion; The 10th Kingdom’s Scott Cohen as a single-minded cop; and Ken Howard as a self-satisfied D.A.

Bottom Line: Hardly perfect but watchable

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