Falling for You

Filmed in Toronto by Falling for You Prods. Ltd. and BBS Prods. Executive producer, Stanley M. Brooks; producer, Adam Haight; director, Eric Till; writers , Tim Kring, Paul Eric Myers; based on Mitch Giannunzio's play "Last Tag"; Word's all over town that a serial killer's wiping out blondes after gifting them with silver hearts on bracelets. The murderer heaves his victims through windows from a high-rise building (hence the lugubrious title). Blond Meg (Garth), traumatized as a child, inexplicably sets herself up at a singles bar. Paul (Mandylor), a goofy, bespectacled stranger with slicked-back hair, picks her up. Unbelievably, in the light of the newscasts about the killer, she goes to his high-rise apartment, then takes him to her apartment for a bit of loose living.

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Cast: Jennie Garth,Costas Mandylor, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Outerbridge, Helen Shaver, Currie Graham, Kay Tremblay.

Filmed in Toronto by Falling for You Prods. Ltd. and BBS Prods. Executive producer, Stanley M. Brooks; producer, Adam Haight; director, Eric Till; writers , Tim Kring, Paul Eric Myers; based on Mitch Giannunzio’s play “Last Tag”; Word’s all over town that a serial killer’s wiping out blondes after gifting them with silver hearts on bracelets. The murderer heaves his victims through windows from a high-rise building (hence the lugubrious title). Blond Meg (Garth), traumatized as a child, inexplicably sets herself up at a singles bar. Paul (Mandylor), a goofy, bespectacled stranger with slicked-back hair, picks her up. Unbelievably, in the light of the newscasts about the killer, she goes to his high-rise apartment, then takes him to her apartment for a bit of loose living.

Paul makes love to her before turning nasty, and drops her out the window. But all Meg loses is her memory, and apparently doesn’t recognize Paul when he turns up because he has removed his glasses and tousled his hair.

A less-than-impressive subplot involves Billy Dee Williams as the veteran police detective who’s forced to partner with a new homicide detective (Currie Graham); ostensibly the byplay adds texture to the meller. It doesn’t.

Director Till brings only minor tension to the silly goings-on, and Garth and Mandylor offer little that’s convincing or even interesting. Williams is wasted; Graham demonstrates energy. Peter Outerbridge, as Meg’s ex-b.f., acts sincere. Kay Tremblay plays Garth’s neighbor, who appears in the only true horror scene in the exercise; Helen Shaver adds a stylish bit as a divorcee in a bar, but the scene’s purposeless.

Production designer David Davis tries giving the overwrought program polish, but his good work’s in vain. Other tech credits suffice.

Falling for You

Production: CBS, Tues. Feb. 21, 9 p.m.

Crew: Camera, David Franco; editor, Pia di Ciaula; production designer, David Davis; sound, Lou Solakofski, Orest Sushko; music, Jonathan Goldsmith; original songs, John Pratt, Michael Alemania, Mitch Albom. 120 MIN.

With: Cast: Jennie Garth,Costas Mandylor, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Outerbridge, Helen Shaver, Currie Graham, Kay Tremblay.With about as many holes as there is fabric, suspenser posing Jennie Garth as a brash blonde and Costas Mandylor as a purported suitor falls on its face out of the sheer dumbness of the characters. Thin script by Tim Kring and Paul Eric Myers isn't helped much by Eric Till's obvious direction or by most of the performances.

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