Picks and Pans Review: The Scarlet Letter
PBS (check local listings)
If the letter were a grade, it would be an “F” (or zzzzzzz) since this plodding four-part adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic inspires sleep. Meg Foster makes a beautiful Hester Prynne, the 17th-century Boston adulteress; John (On The Yard) Heard is suitably guilt-struck as her lover, and Kevin (Paradise Alley) Conway is fine as her revenge-obsessed husband. But their talents are bogged down. Boston’s WGBH wanted this to rival those classy BBC imports; the Mother Country remains safe as yet from any Colonial usurpation.