NBC (Sun., April 14, 9 P.M. ET)
In this TV movie, Bruce (St. Elsewhere) Greenwood plays a raffish, muckraking columnist banished to a dead-end job by his newspaper’s publisher (Donald Moffat). Greenwood is a less smirky version of the reporter Chevy Chase plays in those Fletch movies, i.e., a master of disguise and the quick quip.
With the help of a prissy intern (Jessica Steen), he takes a nothingburger little story about a desert tinkerer and uncovers a huge fat-cat scam. Gregg Henry plays Greenwood’s mentor, a dissolute journalist given to tropical shirts and hangovers.
With this failed pilot, writer-producer Stephen (The A Team) Cannell serves a souped-up version of his specialty: vivid, utterly implausible main characters, kick-in-the-pants storytelling and substandard action scenes.