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Nicholas Sparks' 'Deliverance Creek' flows in a direct route

Nicholas Sparks' 'Deliverance Creek' flows in a direct route

The name of author Nicholas Sparks — the publishing phenomenon responsible for "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember" and many other works of bestselling, often cinematically adapted romantic fiction — is prominently attached, as executive producer, to "Deliverance Creek," a Civil War western that airs Saturday on Lifetime. So there's that. Promoted as "Nicholas Sparks's First Original Television Event," the film, when first announced, was described as a "back-door pilot," and, even at two hours, it is only as a pilot that it makes much sense. Characters and conflicts pile in as if this were the last bus off the...

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