Some stories aren't made-for-tv -- The tale of Susan V. Smith won't be making it to prime time
It’s the biggest tabloid tale since O.J. Simpson, but so far the networks are not scrambling to make a movie about the alleged murder of two little boys by their mother, Susan V. Smith, in Union, S.C. That’s because ”ripped-from-the-headlines” TV movies of the week just aren’t drawing big audiences anymore, says industry R&D’s Tom Colbert, who tracks true-crime stories for Hollywood producers. ”The public just wants to be entertained at night,” says Colbert. Indeed, ABC declined to go forward with its much-hyped Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding project. In fact, according to TV sources, several producers did approach the networks about a Smith movie, but executives rejected it as too widely hyped by the media — and too downbeat. Maybe there is some accounting for taste.