Thursday, November 24, 2011

Have a Little Faith - TV Guide: Critic's Guide to Weekend TV Nov 27 '11

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TV GUIDE: Beyond the Turkey: Critic's Guide to Thanksgiving Week TV

Nov 23, 2011
by Matt Roush


The venerable Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie franchise moves to a new network, ABC, with Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (9/8c), starring Bradley Whitford as columnist/author Albom, who describes this heartwarmer as "a story about believing in something, and the two very different men who taught me how." In the tradition of his best-selling Tuesdays With Morrie, Albom travels frequently from his home base of Detroit to his childhood home in New Jersey, where he gets to know the aging rabbi Albert Lewis (a beatifically perky Martin Landau) who has asked Mitch to write his eulogy when the day comes. These periodic life lessons are played out against the redemptive story of inner-city preacher Henry Covington (a rousing Laurence Fishburne), who found religion after a life of crime and addiction and now operates a church that caters to the homeless but is in desperate need of a roof and electricity. Using Rabbi Albert's "What's Your Glory?" pamphlet as a guide, Albom finds purpose in helping Rev. Covington achieve his mission. This story pretty much defines the idea of thanksgiving.

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