Literary prairie queen Willa Cather hasn't fared too well with contemporary TV adaptations of her work. The creative personnel behind the stuffy O, PIONEERS and the flat MY ANTONIA seem transfixed by their reverence for the material, stricken with Hallmark Hall of Fame-itis and encased in
Sunday School sermonizing.
Following the smallpox deaths of his parents, Virginian teen Jimmy Burden (Neil Patrick Harris) finds himself transplanted to the rolling farmlands of the Midwest during the great immigrant migration of the late 1800s. Though yielding to his strict grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Burden (Jason Robards
and Eva Marie Saint), Jimmy finds a soul mate in free-...