You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Drew Peterson: Untouchable

Rob Lowe is Drew Peterson, the cop/ladies man whose wives had the bad habit of dying or disappearing, triggering a media circus and his eventual indictment.

Drew Peterson - Rob Lowe
Stacy Peterson - Kaley Cuoco
Karen - Catherine Dent
Kathleen Savio - Cara Buono
Glenn Levecke - William Mapother
Mike Adler - Teddy Sears

Rob Lowe is Drew Peterson, the cop/ladies man whose wives had the bad habit of dying or disappearing, triggering a media circus and his eventual indictment. And that’s about all there is to say about “Drew Peterson: Untouchable,” a Lifetime movie that could win the Emmy for most distracting hairstyling. Aside from his blow-dried mop, Lowe affects an accent that sounds like he’s impersonating William H. Macy in “Fargo.” In any event, the ratings battle will likely be won simply by the title, even if any resemblance between this and an actual fleshed-out movie is purely coincidental.

Peterson is introduced atop his third wife, Kathleen (“Mad Men’s” Cara Buono), casually revealing his nakedness to his young son, saying it’s time the kid learned why he’s called “Big Daddy.” In terms of establishing Peterson’s prick credentials, it’s a convenient bit of shorthand.

Soon enough, the Illinois police sergeant is flashing a toothy grin at young Stacy (“The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco), and beginning a brazen affair, including trysts in his own basement. But his soon-to-be-ex is making life difficult, only to wind up dead in her bathtub, the convenient victim of an apparent suicide.

Stacy is inclined to believe the best of Drew, but his behavior becomes increasingly jealous and erratic, leaving her little recourse but to ask him to leave, which he refuses to do. When she disappears, the action shifts primarily to her neighbor Karen (“The Shield’s” Catherine Dent), who presses for an investigation; and Drew, who continues to mock and taunt media members who surround his home practically nonstop.

Written by Teena Booth and directed by Mikael Salomon, the movie pretty much ends for all intents and purposes with Stacy’s exit. After that, it’s mostly a recreation of media moments, extensively drawing on clips from “Today,” CNN and the like, with Drew occasionally shown watching himself on TV.

The incomplete nature of the story (based on a book by Joseph Hosey) doubtless handicapped the filmmakers, but even so, the movie withers due to its inability to get under Peterson’s skin — or ever make you stop thinking of Lowe as the made-up, made-for-TV version of him. His performance is all squint and swagger, never remotely convincing.

Due to those drawbacks, “Untouchable” doesn’t even quite succeed as pure trash. It’s too squishy for that — if perhaps destined to be remembered forever for the moment of pure kitsch when Drew gazes at Karen dismissively and says, “I’m untouchable, bitch.”

Fortunately for Lifetime, thanks to all the media attention Peterson’s case received, the movie might pay off as something the philandering Drew could appreciate: a mindless fling with someone who in hindsight is touchable — and very nearly unwatchable.

Drew Peterson: Untouchable

Movie; Lifetime, Sat. Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

Production: Filmed in Los Angeles by Sony Pictures Television. Executive producer, Judith Verno; producers, Kyle Clark, Lina Wong; director, Mikael Salomon; writer, Teena Booth; based on the book "Fatal Vows" by Joseph Hosey.

Crew: Camera, Zoran Popovic; production designer, Anthony Medina; editor, Henk Van Eeghen; music, Tree Adams; casting, Donna Rosenstein. 120 MIN.

Cast: Drew Peterson - Rob Lowe
Stacy Peterson - Kaley Cuoco
Karen - Catherine Dent
Kathleen Savio - Cara Buono
Glenn Levecke - William Mapother
Mike Adler - Teddy Sears

More TV

  • 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.” Jackie Clarke will serve as writer and [...]

  • 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 truTV has released the first trailer for season 2 of Emmy-nominated series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” The variety sketch comedy returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at [...]

  • The Beatles Eight Days a Week

    Imagine's Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (EXCLUSIVE)

    Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series. The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president. The deal suggests that Apple sees docu [...]

  • Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most

    Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most Outrageous Moments

    It is perhaps only fitting that two documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, one of the most high-profile fraudulent failures in history, would arrive during the same week — a fitting cap on a tragicomedy of errors that, as both films outline in excruciating detail, unfolded like a slow-motion plane crash in the spring of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content