Ivana Trump’s for Love Alone

Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, Sanna Vraa, Trevor Eve, Brigitte Pacquette, Tom Rack, Paul Hopkins, Madeline Kahn, Bernard Ranger, Helga Prohoehr Schmidt, Viasta Vrana, Denis Mercier, Wendy Fulford, George Popvich, Francoise Robertson, Frank Schorppion, Cas Anvar, Richard Zeman, Diane Baldessari, Matt Holland, Victoria Barkoff, Silva Pemmann, Andreas Lange, Joseph Sanza, Gregory Marino, Ralph Allison, Michael Feinstein, Ivana Trump, Ricardo Mazzuchelli, Pierre LeBlanc. If "For Love Alone" is any example of the genre, one can only hope it's the first and last Ivana Trump-titled telepic. Trump's loosely autobiographical novel is filmed in a by-the-numbers manner enlivened only by brief passages of overacting. Even the most devoted Ivana-philes likely won't last past her own cameo. Tale follows Katrinka's charmed life -- skiing, modeling in Munich, buying her dream guesthouse in Kitzbuehl, meeting and marrying the rich and charming Graham -- on which the only blight is her unending search for the son she gave up for adoption. But director Michael Lindsay-Hogg and scripter Claire Labine unfold their tale in the most mundane, uninvolving fashion.

Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, Sanna Vraa, Trevor Eve, Brigitte Pacquette, Tom Rack, Paul Hopkins, Madeline Kahn, Bernard Ranger, Helga Prohoehr Schmidt, Viasta Vrana, Denis Mercier, Wendy Fulford, George Popvich, Francoise Robertson, Frank Schorppion, Cas Anvar, Richard Zeman, Diane Baldessari, Matt Holland, Victoria Barkoff, Silva Pemmann, Andreas Lange, Joseph Sanza, Gregory Marino, Ralph Allison, Michael Feinstein, Ivana Trump, Ricardo Mazzuchelli, Pierre LeBlanc. If “For Love Alone” is any example of the genre, one can only hope it’s the first and last Ivana Trump-titled telepic. Trump’s loosely autobiographical novel is filmed in a by-the-numbers manner enlivened only by brief passages of overacting. Even the most devoted Ivana-philes likely won’t last past her own cameo. Tale follows Katrinka’s charmed life — skiing, modeling in Munich, buying her dream guesthouse in Kitzbuehl, meeting and marrying the rich and charming Graham — on which the only blight is her unending search for the son she gave up for adoption. But director Michael Lindsay-Hogg and scripter Claire Labine unfold their tale in the most mundane, uninvolving fashion.

Other featured players are Katrinka’s best friend, Natalie (Brigitte Pacquette), whose marriage to Arab prince Khalid (Cas Anvar, who oozes charm) provides a little drama, and dull-as-dirt family man Mark (Trevor Eve). Madeline Kahn, who played a similar character — the bitchy gossip columnist — on CBS’ canceled “New York News,” is equally uninspiring.

Leads are unexceptional, although Vraa improves as pic progresses. Collins gets little to do except rant and whine.

Tech credits are adequate, although in one scene one has to wonder why Vraa looks as if she got dressed in RuPaul’s closet in the dark.

Ivana Trump's for Love Alone

(Sun. (7), 9-11 p.m., CBS)

Production: In the first seven minutes, young Czech Katrinka Kovar (the remarkably haggard-looking Sanna Vraa) has won the World Cup in skiing, been seduced and impregnated by a sleazy film director (Tom Rack) who offered her a role, and sent to Munich to have the baby. All this is told in flashback after an opening sequence of Katrinka arguing in Aspen with her businessman husband, Adam Graham (Stephen Collins in the obviously Donald Trump-inspired role).

More TV

  • Clint Walker Dead

    Clint Walker, Star of TV Western 'Cheyenne,' Dies at 90

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

  • The Watchman Book Cover

    Damon Lindelof Gives 'Watchmen' Update: 'This New Story Must Be Original'

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

  • Peter Lenkov

    Peter Lenkov Renews Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

  • AMERICAN IDOL - "119 (Grand Finale)"

    'American Idol' Finale: The 11 Best Moments, From Kermit the Frog to Ada Marmalade

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

  • 'UnReal' Set to Move to Hulu

    'UnReal' Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

  • John Wells ER

    Producer John Wells on Potential for 'ER,' 'The West Wing,' 'Southland' Reboots

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

  • The Passage Charmed The Rookie TV

    L.A. Screenings: 2018: What New Series Studios are Highlighting

    Filmed in Montreal by RHI Entertainment. Executive producer, Robert Halmi; co-executive producer, Larry Strichman; producer, Michael O. Gallant; director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; script, Claire Labine, based on the novel by Ivana Trump; camera, Peter Benison; editor, Claudia Finkle; production design, Anne Pritchard; composer, Don Davis; title song written and performed by Michael Feinstein. TX:With: Stephen Collins, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content