Television historian Amanda Reyes invited me to join her in this commentary to the Joan Rivers-scripted TV movie THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO… which I’d written about in her book Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium, 1964-1999.
Stockard Channing (Grease) is Miriam Knight, an “ugly duckling” college girl who is mistreated by everyone, including her bubble-headed roommate and the callous campus jock. But after an accident causes her to undergo reconstructive surgery, Miriam emerges from behind the bandages a ravishing beauty. It’s payback time when she uses her new attractiveness to exact revenge on all those who wronged her. Ed Asner (TV’s Lou Grant) plays the police inspector who’s hot on the trail of the femme fatale. A dark comedy written by comedy legend Joan Rivers (Rabbit Test) and directed by TV veteran Lee Philips (On the Right Track), The Girl Most Likely to… will leave you in stitches. The strong supporting cast includes Jim Backus (TV’s Gilligan’s Island), Joe Flynn (The Strongest Man in the World), Chuck McCann (C.H.O.M.P.S.), Fred Grandy (TV’s The Love Boat), Larry Wilcox (TV’s CHiPs) and Reb Brown (Uncommon Valor).
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