April 10, 2010 in Features

Lifetime presents ‘At Risk’

 

“Patricia Cornwell’s At Risk” (9 p.m., Lifetime) often seems like a trip back to the 1980s, a time when shoulder pads and prime-time soaps ruled the universe.

Andie MacDowell gets top billing as the ruthless Boston District Attorney Monique Lamont, who longs for the Massachusetts governor’s mansion almost as passionately as she lusts after several in her employ.

But the real star is Daniel Sunjata as Win Garano, the magnetic detective everyone calls “Geronimo.” Who needs character development when you look like a cross between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and that guy in the shower in those campy Old Spice commercials?

Sleuthing comes easily to Win, since every female in several states and overlapping jurisdictions simply drop what they’re doing to work for him.

It must have something to do with his cologne. Or perhaps with his grandmother Nana (Diahann Carroll), a Tarot-dealing priestess.

Carroll, who briefly starred on “Dynasty,” seems at home here.

•The creative team behind “The Wire” move from Baltimore’s gritty streets to the post-Katrina chaos of New Orleans in the new series “Treme” (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO).

The action begins three months after the devastating hurricane. A jazz band is playing for the first time since the storm.

Trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) rushes to get to the performance. But first he must negotiate a lower fare with a harried cab driver. This scene, and the sad reality of Antoine being forever 10 minutes late, and $10 short, is repeated often.

The music wakes up slacker DJ Davis (Steve Zahn) from his hangover, as well as his sometime-girlfriend Janette (Kim Dickens), who struggles to find help and customers to keep her restaurant open.

John Goodman is well cast as Creighton Bernette, a local professor and professional gadfly, driven to angry zealotry by national indifference to his beloved city.

His wife, Toni (Melissa Leo), is an underpaid and overworked lawyer trying to help bartender Ladonna (Khandi Alexander) locate her brother, missing since the storm.

Ladonna also happens to be Antoine’s ex-wife and is given to scorning the go-nowhere, do-nothing life of “professional” musicians.

If New Orleans is the “star” of “Treme,” then music, and jazz in particular, gets a supporting role. It’s possibly the most jazz-centric TV show since “Peter Gunn.”

Tonight’s highlights

Will Ferrell sends up a frisky era of local TV journalism in the 2004 spoof “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (8 p.m., ABC).

Tiffany, Barry Williams and Paul Logan star in the shocker “Mega Piranha” (9 p.m., Syfy).

Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (10 p.m., CBS): a widow falls under scrutiny.

Tina Fey hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC), with musical guest Justin Bieber.

Sunday’s highlights

Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): an interview with John Gotti Jr.; the discovery of new species of hominid in South Africa.

Mr. Burns behind bars on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox).

Kyla Pratt stars in the fantasy “Dr. Dolittle 5: Million Dollar Mutts” (8 p.m., ABC Family).

William’s dark secret is explored on a two-hour “Brothers & Sisters” (9 p.m., ABC).

“Masterpiece Classic” (8 p.m., KSPS; 9 p.m., KCDT/KUID) offers a new adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Basilone embarks on a war bonds tour on “The Pacific” (9 p.m., HBO).

Henry takes his fifth bride on the fourth, and final, season premiere of “The Tudors” (9 p.m., Showtime).

“Army Wives” (10 p.m., Lifetime) enters its fourth season.


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