DESCRIPTION: (from ABC’s press release, January 2012) Academy Award
winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire,” “Radio”) stars in a new Hallmark Hall
of Fame film, “Firelight,” premiering SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (9:00-11:00, ET) on the
ABC Television Network. Darnell Martin (Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Lost
Valentine”) directs from a script by Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”).
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Dwayne Johnson (“DJ”), a counselor at a youth
correctional facility. The incarcerated girls and young women come from troubled
– often violent — backgrounds. Many of them belong to gangs and have been
involved with illegal drugs – as users and/or dealers. In the words of DJ, “They
come in [here] so broken… These are girls who’ve been abused and objectified
their whole lives.”
I’ll watch. I’m one of those old souls who still tunes in Hallmark Hall of Fame. But I don’t have high expectations. Of the two earlier season airings, now that HHOF is on ABC, I preferred January’s A Smile as Big as the Moon over November’s Have a Little Faith. (Even though, come July, Martin Landau will probably receive a supporting-actor Emmy nod for Faith.) For quality reasons, I hope Firelight turns out to be the best of the three.