David Hasselhoff is now a fire captain rescuing thirty-something damsels in distress in CBS’ fluffy but charming “One True Love.” Although its course never runs smooth, and the outcome of the telepic is apparent 10 minutes in, the hunky and amiable “Baywatch” alum and Terry Farrell make this palatable enough for the legions of older femme demos that the Eye web will attract with this attractive telepic.Dana (Farrell) and Mike (Hasselhoff) have each “settled” in their relationships, each getting engaged to people they profess to love, but who lack that passionate spark they secretly yearn for. Driving along one day, lawyer-turned kennel owner Dana swerves to avoid hitting a Dalmatian. She careens off the road in a terrible accident. It’s a good thing firefighter Mike is right there. He saves her, and stays with her in the ambulance. She’s OK (but didn’t get his name) and can’t stop thinking about him. He, in turn, can’t stop thinking about her; he didn’t get her name either. And, conveniently, she couldn’t open her eyes during her rescue, so she doesn’t know what he looks like. They each go about with their wedding plans, with the thought that maybe one true love is out there, and it ain’t the poor saps they’re supposed to marry. Subplot involves 10-year-old orphan Corey (a very polished Cameron Finley), who thinks his one true love is his long lost birth mother. An underused but fine Doris Roberts is his foster mom, but she’s having trouble placing the highly imaginative child with a couple. Through some machinations orchestrated by Corey and a deus ex machina in the form of that Dalmatian, Dana, Mike and Corey are drawn together in a sugary ending that’s easy to swallow. Hasselhoff and Farrell are very believable, likable and highly watchable in this confection, and director Lorraine Senna brings the right lighthearted touch to “Love.” The supporting cast also bubbles with good chemistry. The pretty Ontario locations (standing in for New Hampshire) are effective as well. Other tech credits are first-rate. Tight script, “inspired” by actual events, according to CBS, plays like the romance novel/love fantasy books to which Roberts’ character is addicted.
CBS; Wed. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.
Filmed in Ontario, Canada, by Orly Adelson Prods. Executive producer, Orly Delson; producer, Frank Siracusa; co-producer, Gay Walch; director, Lorraine Senna; writer, Richard Leder.
Camera, Robert Steadman; editor, Joanne D'Antonio; production design, Doug McCullough; sound, Burt Weinstein, Echo Sound Services; music, Dan Raziel. 120 MIN.
Mike Grant - David Hasselhoff Dana - Terry Farrell Tina - Paget Brewster Corey - Cameron Finley Lillian - Doris Roberts Paul Grant - Greg Ellwant Phil - Karl Pruner Maureen Grant - Meg Howarth Laura - Katie Boland Lucy Pearl - Marnie McPhail
With: Ed Jaunz, Landy Cannon, Philip Akin, George King, Deborah Tennant, Maureen Kirkpatrick, Joan Gregson, Stephanie Mills, Chris Benson, Lynne Mackenzie, Raymond Accolas, John Lefebvre.
Data provided by:Nielsen Media Research (Preliminary Results)