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Blue Rodeo

Blue Rodeo (Sun. (20), 9-11 p.m., CBS) Filmed in Tucson, Ariz., by the Paul Lussier Co. in association with Lakeside Prods. and Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer, Paul A. Lussier; producer, Elliot Friedgen; director, Paul Werner; script, Lussier, based on a book by Jo-Ann Mapson; camera, Shelly Johnson; editor, Martin Nicholson; production designer, Phillip Vasels; sound, Richard Schexnayder; music, Laura Karpman; casting, Alice Cassidy. Cast: Ann-Margret, Kris Kristofferson, Corbin Allred, Jade Herrera, Jimmie F. Skaggs; Francisco Madrid, Martha Chavez, Aubrey Kramer, Chris Howell, Treey Ellisor, Charles Young, Melissa Gray, Adelita Ortiz. A story with a folkloric element that's set in contemporary Southwest, "Blue Rodeo" is like its milieu characterized by wide-open spaces, a pace somewhere between leisurely and dead, and a fair amount of hot air. Bolting her L.A. home after her husband has taken off with a succession of blondes and her son has lost nearly all his hearing in a freak accident, Maggie Yearwood (Ann-Margret) moves to Arizona, where Peter (Corbin Allred) is ensconced in a local school for the deaf. Almost as soon as Maggie arrives, she meets ruggedly handsome neighbor "Owen Whister" (Kris Kristofferson), a man with a mysterious past. Scholars will spot his name (spelling supplied by CBS) as a variation on that of Owen Wister, author of seminal Western "The Virginian." Fact is eventually acknowledged, and "Whister" divulges his true identity. As all three struggle to form some sort of a relationship, there's a subplot about a blue dog that's as mysterious as Whister. The trio takes up most of the screen time, with Joe Yazzi and Francisco Madrid appearing briefly as locals, and Jade Herrera as a girl who attracts Peter's attention. There's also a horse, who appears for symbolic purposes. Acting is up to par for adult cast, though some may wonder why Peter doesn't appear to be more "deaf." Todd Everett

Blue Rodeo (Sun. (20), 9-11 p.m., CBS) Filmed in Tucson, Ariz., by the Paul Lussier Co. in association with Lakeside Prods. and Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer, Paul A. Lussier; producer, Elliot Friedgen; director, Paul Werner; script, Lussier, based on a book by Jo-Ann Mapson; camera, Shelly Johnson; editor, Martin Nicholson; production designer, Phillip Vasels; sound, Richard Schexnayder; music, Laura Karpman; casting, Alice Cassidy. Cast: Ann-Margret, Kris Kristofferson, Corbin Allred, Jade Herrera, Jimmie F. Skaggs; Francisco Madrid, Martha Chavez, Aubrey Kramer, Chris Howell, Treey Ellisor, Charles Young, Melissa Gray, Adelita Ortiz. A story with a folkloric element that’s set in contemporary Southwest, “Blue Rodeo” is like its milieu characterized by wide-open spaces, a pace somewhere between leisurely and dead, and a fair amount of hot air. Bolting her L.A. home after her husband has taken off with a succession of blondes and her son has lost nearly all his hearing in a freak accident, Maggie Yearwood (Ann-Margret) moves to Arizona, where Peter (Corbin Allred) is ensconced in a local school for the deaf. Almost as soon as Maggie arrives, she meets ruggedly handsome neighbor “Owen Whister” (Kris Kristofferson), a man with a mysterious past. Scholars will spot his name (spelling supplied by CBS) as a variation on that of Owen Wister, author of seminal Western “The Virginian.” Fact is eventually acknowledged, and “Whister” divulges his true identity. As all three struggle to form some sort of a relationship, there’s a subplot about a blue dog that’s as mysterious as Whister. The trio takes up most of the screen time, with Joe Yazzi and Francisco Madrid appearing briefly as locals, and Jade Herrera as a girl who attracts Peter’s attention. There’s also a horse, who appears for symbolic purposes. Acting is up to par for adult cast, though some may wonder why Peter doesn’t appear to be more “deaf.” Todd Everett

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