Dan Amboyer and Alice St. Clair may look like HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton in "William & Catherine: A Royal Romance" (8 p.m. Aug. 27, Hallmark Channel; 1 star), but I hope that's where the resemblance ends.
If the real royal couple is this devoid of personality, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about--and why they aren't called "The Blandersons." This boring made-for-TV movie follows the couple from their meet-cute at college to their first snog (that takes forever to happen) to their breakup and finally--spoiler!--to their engagement.
Romantics will swoon; I yawned, a lot.
One thing worth a look, though, is Jane Alexander's Queen Elizabeth, who shows a competitive drive while playing Wii tennis with Kate, as well as some confusion when she sees "Fergie" listed on the list of performers for a Princess Diana remembrance concert. "Our Fergie," she asks Prince Charles (Victor Garber).
Garber doesn't look like the real royal, but does a good job channeling him. Lesley Harcourt appears trapped in a hair helmet as Diana, and Jean Smart makes Camilla Parker-Bowles into a misunderstood sweetheart.
All in all, "A Royal Romance" offers some OK acting of a dull story.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times