P&G Productions has another heartwarming family hit on their hands with TRUTH BE TOLD airing Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8/7c on FOX. The show is aimed at kids, but incorporates enough romantic comedy elements to keep mom’s interest. Even dad will enjoy the ATV action, horse riding and helicopter stunts. Not to mention the cameo appearance by Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Award Winner and likely Hall of Fame quarterback, Kurt Warner.
Attractive and available, Annie Morgan (Candace Cameron Bure: Full House and Make It Or Break It) is a marriage counselor who bends the truth in order to land the radio talk show of her dreams. After convincing Mark Crane (David James Elliott: JAG and Scoundrels) to join her for the sake of his community program that’s in desperate need of sponsorship, the two head off with Mark’s kids in tow to a Texas ranch in order to convince an eccentric station owner (Ronny Cox: Stargate SG-1 and Beverly Hills Cops) to make both of their dreams come true.
Filled with comical misunderstandings and a truth desperate to surface, the antics continue with touching heartfelt moments salted in. By the end of the film, everyone who participated in any form of lie or withholding of their true self from others, realizes that the only solid marriage is one based on truth.
There is instant chemistry between Annie and Mark that keeps the audience cheering for their future throughout the story. By the time everything appears to be going plan perfect, American Idol Season Eight finalist, Danny Gokey, has a performance cameo that stirs the heart of Annie, shutting down the falsehoods. Everyone’s joy quickly dissipates and all return to their normal life, until a plot twist rekindles the audience’s desires for a happy ending.
While I’d admit there were a few slow moments worth stepping away for popcorn, the story painted a wonderful hope for kids to look forward to marriage and adhering to the high moral of always being honest and telling the truth.
The film was directed by one of my all time favorite television directors, Jonathan Frakes. While most know him for his work in Star Trek, I adored his family film Clockstoppers. I’ve also admired his directing work in episodes of Leverage, NCIS: Los Angeles, Burn Notice, The Good Guys, Castle, V, and Dollhouse. He is one of the few professionals that doesn’t treat wholesome stories with contempt.
But see for yourself — Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8/7c on FOX. And, let me know your thoughts.