Dear Winona, a Hallmark TV Movie Is Not Part Of Our Plan!?

by thelostboy
November 11, 2009 6:02 AM
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Winona giveth, Winona taketh away. Just days after we hear she's snagged a role in Darren Aronofsky's new film, Variety is reporting that Ryder has been cast opposite Barry "Who?" Pepper in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story."

Says Variety, the film "is based on the true story of Lois Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon, and her relationship with alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The couple enjoyed an upscale lifestyle in the 1920s, but his drinking eventually led to their downfall. Eventually, her husband became sober -- but Lois Wilson still struggled with her own issues surrounding his alcoholism. She eventually helped start Al-Anon in 1951 to assist people whose loved ones battle addiction... Production starts this week in Toronto; the longform will air later this season on CBS."

Alright, so, this could actually be an opportunity to really shine, Winona. And I'm sure you've had plenty of practice being drunk, and the story itself sounds like it could be more or less compelling. However, I'm always a bit skeptical when stories like this end up Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movies... To me, it reads, "Not Good Enough To Be Anything Else." Unless of course they're on cable, which this is not. When was the last classic CBS TV Movie of the Week? Or the last great work directed by the film's helmer, John Kent Harrison? An episode of "Judging Amy"? "Whose Child Is This... The War for Baby Jessica"?

So please, Winona, prove me wrong and win a Golden Globe and an Emmy and use this to propel you back to roles you deserve, and all will be forgiven. And don't mind me during the film's production. You may or may not be shooting a few blocks from where I'm staying the next few weeks, and I may or may not be that guy you saw this morning sleeping outside your trailer wearing a Free Winona t-shirt.

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2 Comments

  • EmGee | February 12, 2010 4:40 AMReply

    "And I’m sure you’ve had plenty of practice being drunk"

    There is a huge difference between being the drunk and living with the drunk. Winona is cast as the one living with the alcoholic.

    If you can't see the distinction, I'd suggest staying away from this movie, whether it's good, bad, or sappy, because you won't get it.

  • RainDogToo | November 20, 2009 3:48 AMReply

    Well, I think the story seems pretty interesting and depending on how it’s made, I'd say it has the potential of being a pretty good film. I also think it can be a great chance for Winona to once again prove herself as the great actor she is! And even though I too was a little put off by it being a TV film, especially for the Hallmark channel… I think we should wait until it airs in April to see how it turns out. If all we get from this is a decently made film with a decent to great performance from Winona, then I think that’s all we can ask for, right? GO WINONA! Can’t wait until we hear more about her role in Aronofsky’s “Black Swan!” All I know is she plays Beth.

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