Picks and Pans Review: Stay the Night
ABC (Sun., April 26, 9 P.M. ET)
Here’s a twisty one. A high school senior (Morgan Weisser) espies a platinum blonde dirty-dancing at a backyard party. Smitten, he wonders if she’s a fellow student. Nope, this fox (Barbara Hershey) is the mother of one of his classmates. Days later, he visits Hershey’s hair salon. Shades of Samson: As soon as she gets him in a chair and starts massaging his head, he is putty in her hands. And what she molds him into is the chump who murders her husband (Scott Higgs) and lakes the rap for it.
In the conclusion, which airs the following night, the boy’s mother (Jane Alexander) tries to befriend Hershey and trick her into confessing that she was behind the crime. Despite her intentions. Alexander finds herself falling under Hershey’s wanton spell.
The mini is solidly acted, particularly by Hershey, who is outstanding as the small-town Marilyn Monroe wannabe. But it drags on too long. While it’s a tantalizing story, based on actual events in Kennesaw, Ga., in the late 1980s, these characters are neither evil nor intriguing enough to warrant the long stroll that director Harry Winer takes with them.