Four Corners (1998)

Run Time - 200 min.  |  
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One of the most highly touted projects of the 1997-1998 TV season, Four Corners was introduced by CBS as a four-part miniseries, debuting February 24, 1998. Ann-Margret heads the cast as Amanda "Maggie" Wyatt, the headstrong widowed matriarch of a once-powerful California rancing family. Despite the encroachment of housing developments and ski resorts, Maggie is determined to keep Four Corners up and running. Unfortunately for her, Maggie's son Alex (Doug Wert) has evinced sympathy for the land developers; also, her best friend Carlota Alvarez (Sonia Braga) has cast her lot with a group of local migrant workers. In other intrigues, Maggie's amorous daughter Kate (Megan Ward) still hopes to get her lunchhooks into Carlotta's son Tomas (Kamar De Los Reyes), and never mind that he has become a priest; and Maggie's foreman Sam (Raymond J. Barry must deal with the return of his jailbird son Caleb (Justin Chambers). The plan was to follow the pattern set by the classic prime time soap opera Dallas by introducing Four Corners as a limited series, then go to a full weekly program once it had won the viewers' hearts. But those hearts turned cold in a hurry--and as a result only three of the four completed episodes had been telecast when CBS abruptly axed the project on March 3, 1998. Since that time, Four Corners has been rebroadcast as a two-part TV movie by the Lifetime cable network, under the title Homestead.