Television Review: ‘Tom, Dick & Harriet’ on the Hallmark Channel

March 16th, 2013

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Tom, Dick & Harriet Steven Weber, left, is a fired adman, and Andrew Francis is his con man partner in vengeance, on the Hallmark Channel, Saturday night at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.

Seems as if it weren’t long ago that Steven Weber was playing the dashing, reckless younger brother on the sitcom “Wings.” In “Tom, Dick & Harriet,” a made-for-television movie Saturday night on the Hallmark Channel, he’s playing an adman who is fired because he’s too old. Time, apparently, rushes on.

Mr. Weber — he’s still pretty dashing, by the way — is Tom, who is accustomed to winning advertising awards but is forced out when his company is sold to another that’s run by a brash young hotshot. It’s a blunt comeuppance.

“Your wardrobe needs an upgrade,” an employment consultant tells him. “Lose the gray. Hit the gym. Laser treatments would help with those crow’s feet. And you might want to consider doing something about the sagging hoods.”

Instead Tom concocts an entirely different plan: He joins forces with a young con man, Dick (Andrew Francis), who with a fake résumé and no actual advertising experience gets a job at the company that fired Tom, on the strength of the ideas and advice Tom feeds him via e-mail and text message.

It’s not “Mad Men,” but the script by Ken Krauss has more wit to it than many Hallmark offerings, and the story is appealingly acted by a cast that includes Michelle Harrison as Harriet, an art director at the agency who becomes entangled with the fake adman and the real one.

This being Hallmark, the tale ends in a happy fantasy land for over-50 men. If it were more true to life, Tom would spend years searching unsuccessfully for work, lose his home and health insurance and then come down with a serious medical condition. But who would want to watch that movie?

Tom, Dick and Harriet

Hallmark Channel, Saturday night at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.

Produced by Entertainment One Television in association with Randolph Films and Chris Rose Productions. Directed by K. T. Donaldson; written by Ken Krauss; Ira Pincus, John Morayniss, Rick Rosenberg and Bob Christiansen, executive producers; Randolph Cheveldave, producer.

WITH: Steven Weber (Tom Burns), Andrew Francis (Dick Sweeney), Michelle Harrison (Harriet Fellows), Michael Eklund (Reese Danzinger), David Lewis (Brad), Hamza Adam (Derek) and Mackenzie Porter (Kelly).

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