Annie

ABC, Nov. 7

Aren't kids supposed to be tougher now, with all the video games and rap lyrics? Then why is Kathy Bates playing such an unscary Miss Hannigan, and Victor Garber such a cuddly Daddy Warbucks? Kids who made it through The Lion King could surely have handled the dark side of Annie, here expurgated and more treacly than necessary. Still, it's a big production with good Broadway singers belting out catchy songs. In the end, it's hard to say anything bad about Annie (or Annie, Alicia Morton). It's just so darn cute.

--By Joel Stein

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