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Danielle Steel’s ‘Remembrance’

Danielle Steel's 'Remembrance' (Mon.(2), 9-11 p.m., NBC) Filmed in Toronto by the Cramer Co. and NBC Prods. Inc. Executive producer, Douglas S. Cramer; supervising producer, Dennis Hammer; producer, Julian Marks; director, Bethany Rooney; writer, David Ambrose; based on novel "Remembrance" by Danielle Steel; camera, Laszlo George; editor, Janet Bartels-Vandagriff; sound, Brian Day; music , Lee Holdridge; production designer, James J. Agazzi; casting, Jeff Meshel, Nelleke Privett (Toronto). Cast: Eva LaRue, Jeffrey Nordling, James Calvert, Michael Lowry, Tom Kurlander, Amanda Tapping, Natalie Radford, Cecilley Carroll, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Gordon, Gary Reineke, Elizabeth Sjoli, Tim Progosh, Ray Laska, Barbara Tyson, Paul Soles, Barclay Hope, Tabitha Lupien, Jason Logan, Sharon Heldt, Trevor Bain, Lloyd White, Chris Gillett, Barry Kennedy, Ray Paisley, Judy Sinclair, Susan Potvin, Odette Yustman. NBC, delivering a one-two punch with a couple of Danielle Steelers on succeeding Mondays, will enchant quantities of romance-loving women viewers 18-49. Vidpic adapted by David Ambrose from Steel's tome gives the audience the delicious impression that it's watching how the rich-rich suffer and that an outside femme's an intruder; formulaic, handsome and vacuous, "Remembrance," directed perfunctorily by Bethany Rooney, fits the formula like a Paris gown. By Kmart. Italian princess Serena (Eva LaRue) marries Col. Brad Fullerton (Jeffrey Nordling) of those wealthy New York Fullertons headed by matriarch Margaret Fullerton (Angie Dickinson), who, loathing Serena for marrying into the tribe, tries buying her off. But pregnant Serena, loving her man, dumbly signs a pact giving up any claim to the Fullerton fortune. That presumably proves to Mummy that she loves Jeffrey; Mummy doesn't give a hoot. Of course Jeffrey goes off to Korea, and Serena and daughter Vanessa (CecilleyCarroll), watched over by Jeffrey's medical brother Teddy (James Calvert), begins working for Manhattan's top modeling agent Dorothea Kerr (Barbara Gordon). Naturally the world's greatest fashion fotog Vasili (Michael Lowry) wants her for his lens and bed. Murder's just around the corner. Story's recalled in v.o. by Serena's now-adult daughter Vanessa (voiced by Barbara Tyson). There's much, much more trite plotting and characters, including a third Fullerton son, drunken Greg (Tom Kurlander), and his wife (Natalie Radford), who's supposed to be bitchy because once she was engaged to Jeffrey. Oh, well. LaRue, a true beauty, remains in sharp control of the character, whom she even makes plausible. Dickinson's mean mother-in-law gives the smart-looking actress a shot at a more mature role, and she's just fine. Calvert as loyal Teddy does commendable work. The rest of the cast traipses through the routine meller looking earnest. James J. Ahazzi's lush production designs are acceptable, and Lee Holdridge's ornate score plumps up the action. Laszlo George's camerawork makes the production glow, and Janet Bartels-Vandagriff's editing is a plus. It may be dramatically cornball, and some of the dialogue's an unintentional laugh, but "Remembrance" tells a story; for that, it's a winner.

Danielle Steel’s ‘Remembrance’ (Mon.(2), 9-11 p.m., NBC) Filmed in Toronto by the Cramer Co. and NBC Prods. Inc. Executive producer, Douglas S. Cramer; supervising producer, Dennis Hammer; producer, Julian Marks; director, Bethany Rooney; writer, David Ambrose; based on novel “Remembrance” by Danielle Steel; camera, Laszlo George; editor, Janet Bartels-Vandagriff; sound, Brian Day; music , Lee Holdridge; production designer, James J. Agazzi; casting, Jeff Meshel, Nelleke Privett (Toronto). Cast: Eva LaRue, Jeffrey Nordling, James Calvert, Michael Lowry, Tom Kurlander, Amanda Tapping, Natalie Radford, Cecilley Carroll, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Gordon, Gary Reineke, Elizabeth Sjoli, Tim Progosh, Ray Laska, Barbara Tyson, Paul Soles, Barclay Hope, Tabitha Lupien, Jason Logan, Sharon Heldt, Trevor Bain, Lloyd White, Chris Gillett, Barry Kennedy, Ray Paisley, Judy Sinclair, Susan Potvin, Odette Yustman. NBC, delivering a one-two punch with a couple of Danielle Steelers on succeeding Mondays, will enchant quantities of romance-loving women viewers 18-49. Vidpic adapted by David Ambrose from Steel’s tome gives the audience the delicious impression that it’s watching how the rich-rich suffer and that an outside femme’s an intruder; formulaic, handsome and vacuous, “Remembrance,” directed perfunctorily by Bethany Rooney, fits the formula like a Paris gown. By Kmart. Italian princess Serena (Eva LaRue) marries Col. Brad Fullerton (Jeffrey Nordling) of those wealthy New York Fullertons headed by matriarch Margaret Fullerton (Angie Dickinson), who, loathing Serena for marrying into the tribe, tries buying her off. But pregnant Serena, loving her man, dumbly signs a pact giving up any claim to the Fullerton fortune. That presumably proves to Mummy that she loves Jeffrey; Mummy doesn’t give a hoot. Of course Jeffrey goes off to Korea, and Serena and daughter Vanessa (CecilleyCarroll), watched over by Jeffrey’s medical brother Teddy (James Calvert), begins working for Manhattan’s top modeling agent Dorothea Kerr (Barbara Gordon). Naturally the world’s greatest fashion fotog Vasili (Michael Lowry) wants her for his lens and bed. Murder’s just around the corner. Story’s recalled in v.o. by Serena’s now-adult daughter Vanessa (voiced by Barbara Tyson). There’s much, much more trite plotting and characters, including a third Fullerton son, drunken Greg (Tom Kurlander), and his wife (Natalie Radford), who’s supposed to be bitchy because once she was engaged to Jeffrey. Oh, well. LaRue, a true beauty, remains in sharp control of the character, whom she even makes plausible. Dickinson’s mean mother-in-law gives the smart-looking actress a shot at a more mature role, and she’s just fine. Calvert as loyal Teddy does commendable work. The rest of the cast traipses through the routine meller looking earnest. James J. Ahazzi’s lush production designs are acceptable, and Lee Holdridge’s ornate score plumps up the action. Laszlo George’s camerawork makes the production glow, and Janet Bartels-Vandagriff’s editing is a plus. It may be dramatically cornball, and some of the dialogue’s an unintentional laugh, but “Remembrance” tells a story; for that, it’s a winner.

Danielle Steel's 'Remembrance'

(Mon.(2), 9-11 p.m., NBC)

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