×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

First Shot

Mariel Hemingway returns to the role of Secret Service agent extraordinaire Alex McGregor, a part she originated in the highly rated TBS movie "First Daughter." The sequel, "First Target," starred Daryl Hannah as Alex, but Hemingway is back for "First Shot" as the earnest workaholic who must protect the most shot-at president in history.

With:
Alex McGregor - Mariel Hemingway Grant Coleman - Doug Savant President Jonathan Hayes - Gregory Harrison Jess Hayes - Jenna Leigh Green Kathryn Yarnell - Wanda Cannon Owen Taylor - Sebastian Spence Judd Walters - Steve Makaj Brett McIntosh - Andrew Johnston Courtney Robinson - Michelle Harrison Adam Carter - Dean Wray Rick Knight - Christian Bocher Leo Dade - David Haysom

Mariel Hemingway returns to the role of Secret Service agent extraordinaire Alex McGregor, a part she originated in the highly rated TBS movie “First Daughter.” The sequel, “First Target,” starred Daryl Hannah as Alex, but Hemingway is back for “First Shot” as the earnest workaholic who must protect the most shot-at president in history, portrayed in all three films by Gregory Harrison. When the president is hit by one of these bullets in “First Shot,” Alex must deal with her guilt and her job, all while trying to hold her new marriage together. Welcome to the world of action movies designed for women, in which a contrived, even irritating action plot provides an excuse for dialogue about feelings and relationships.

Alex is recently married to tracker Grant Coleman (Doug Savant), who helped her save the president’s daughter in telepic No. 1. Because of Alex’s utter devotion to her job — she’s now a big honcho at the Secret Service — the two have been unable to go on their honeymoon to Mexico, causing potential friction for the newlyweds. Just as they’re getting ready to make another attempt, a bomb explosion at a military base in the Northwest puts Alex on alert, especially when the president insists on attending the memorial service for those who died. It’s there, during the 21-gun salute, that President Hayes is hit, barely saved by Alex’s quick reflexes.

It’s quickly discovered that the primary villain here, Adam Carter (Dean Wray), is related to the folks Alex foiled in “First Daughter.” He’s after Alex as well as the president, and eventually Grant gets caught in the middle.

This is intended as pure escapist entertainment, and screenwriters Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes, who’ve written all three movies, keep politics as far away as possible. None of this is political — it’s all personal. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Times have changed since “First Daughter” in 1999, and presidential assassination attempts as entertainment have a fundamentally different hue.

Director Armand Mastroianni and his team’s most significant achievement in “First Shot” is to make sure we don’t associate any of this with reality. In other words, nobody’s concerned about who’s running the country when the president is unconscious — here, they’re all more concerned with thawing the cold war between the president’s daughter (Jenna Leigh Green) and his girlfriend (Wanda Cannon).

Believe it or not, there’s something kind of appealing about the film’s ability to bury its head that deep in the sand.

First Shot

Telepic; TBS, Sun., Aug. 11, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Production: Filmed in Vancouver by Mandalay Entertainment in association with Lions Gate Television and Columbia TriStar Television. Executive producer, Tom Patricia; co-executive producers, Jason Hervey, David Salzberg; supervising producers, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes; producer, Justis Greene; director, Armand Mastroianni; writer, Carey W. Hayes, Chad Hayes;

Crew: camera, Les Erskine; editor, Robert Florio; music, Louis Febre; production design, Charles Leitrants; costumes, Jori Woodman; casting, Michelle Allen. 2 HOURS.

Cast: Alex McGregor - Mariel Hemingway Grant Coleman - Doug Savant President Jonathan Hayes - Gregory Harrison Jess Hayes - Jenna Leigh Green Kathryn Yarnell - Wanda Cannon Owen Taylor - Sebastian Spence Judd Walters - Steve Makaj Brett McIntosh - Andrew Johnston Courtney Robinson - Michelle Harrison Adam Carter - Dean Wray Rick Knight - Christian Bocher Leo Dade - David HaysomWith: Ken Tremblett, Linden Banks, Mar Andersons, Jill Teed, Samantha Reimer, Sarah Ezer, Jason Nash, Mike Dopud, Robert Gauvin, Claire Riley, Gerry Nairn, Kelly Dean Sereda, Lindsay Clague, Keath Thome.

More TV

  • FICG Names Estrella Araiza As New

    Estrella Araiza To Head Up Guadalajara Intl Film Festival

    The Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (FICG) has announced that Estrella Araiza, until now the festival’s head of industry and markets and director of the Guadalajara IntL. Film Festival in Los Angeles, has been promoted to the position of general director of the prominent Mexican festival. She replaces Ivan Trujillo, appointed director of TV UNAM. More [...]

  • AGS2 Key Art, Image IDs: AGS2_081218_2727,

    Starz Releases 'American Gods' Season 2 Trailer (Watch)

    Starz has released a second season trailer for “American Gods,” which returns to the cabler Mar. 10, depicting the brewing war between Gods old and new in the series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. “When people first came to America they brought us with them,” the trailer begins, flashing images of [...]

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Accusers Detail Abuse, Reveal Evidence on 'Dateline'

    The continuing controversy surrounding R. Kelly, including allegations of sexual abuse by a number of women over three decades, was the focus of Friday’s episode of “Dateline.” Speaking to accusers Sparkle, Jerhonda Pace and parents Tim and Jonjelyn Savage, among others, NBC’s Andrea Canning heard more harrowing tales of abduction and sexual misconduct on the part [...]

  • Kenan Thompson

    NBC Orders Comedy Pilots 'Saving Kenan' and 'Like Magic'

    NBC has ordered comedies “Saving Kenan” and “Like Magic” to pilot. “Saving Kenan” is a single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson as a “newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.” More Reviews Concert Review: Muse, Weezer, the [...]

  • The First -- "The Choice" -

    'The First' Canceled at Hulu After One Season

    Hulu has grounded the space exploration drama “The First” after one season, Variety has confirmed. The series hailed from Beau Willimon and starred Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in Penn’s first regular television role. “The First” was set in the near future and followed the first human mission to Mars. Hulu gave the show a straight-to-series order in [...]

  • Nicole Maines Supergirl Trans Hollywood Portrait

    TV Roundup: 'Supergirl' Drops First Look at Nicole Maines as TV's First Trans Superhero

    In today’s TV News Roundup, The CW releases a first look at Nicole Maines on “Supergirl” and Variety unveils an exclusive look at Gabriel Iglesias’ new comedy special.  FIRST LOOKS More Reviews Concert Review: Muse, Weezer, the Killers Rock iHeartRadio Alter Ego 2019 Film Review: 'St. Bernard Syndicate' truTV has released the first trailer for season [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content