May 30, 2005 12:00 PM

ABC (Tues., May 24, 9 p.m. ET)

BIOPIC

“I don’t like firing people,” Donald Trump (Justin Louis from Lifetime’s Missing) says in this cheeky but unsatisfying TV movie. Get the irony from the star of The Apprentice? In case you missed it, the line is repeated seven minutes later.

Louis, a veteran of several failed series (Hidden Hills, The Fighting Fitzgeralds), doesn’t bear much resemblance to the real estate tycoon and reality TV luminary. Gradually, though, I came to accept his characterization of a relentless self-promoter to whom boasting is as natural as breathing. Katheryn Winnick is sexy and feisty as Trump’s ex-wife Ivana, and it’s fun to watch them wage war through the media. But after we see the mogul shed a tear over press reports of his massive debt, the filmmakers basically skip the ’90s, omitting the details of what he later calls the “single greatest corporate comeback in U.S. history.” If it was that great, tell us more.

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