Miami cop Rick Barrish (Greg Evigan) runs into old high school friend Laurel Trevelyn (Brenda Bakke) and fireworks ensue in more ways than one. Before long, Barrish’s partner, Dusty Dustin (Alexandra Powers), finds herself under suspicion for murder and trafficking narcotics.
Former Miami crime reporter Edna Buchanan’s first novel, “Nobody Lives Forever,” bears no other relationship to series of TV films aired on CBS starring Elizabeth Montgomery that featured the author as reporter-protagonist.
Intermingling storylines deal with Barrish’s thwarted attempts to romance his partner; his developing romantic relationship with Trevelyn; suspicions that someone in the cop shop is dealing drugs; and possibly related series of murders. Whole thing reads like a version of “Silk Stalkings” without the appealing protagonists or scantily clad women.
What does that leave, you ask? Precisely. The female leads find it hard to portray women who may or may not be guilty of something, and Evigan doesn’t get much of a chance to show any personality at all. With the possible exception of Kevin Dobson, as Barrish’s boss, remaining characters have little to hang on; they’re dull characters played by anonymous actors.
That said, there have been — and will continue to be — far worse TV movies than “Edna Buchanan’s Nobody Lives Forever,” which is watchable enough. But don’t look for a new franchise here.