Best 15 Minutes of Fame - 2005
Houston, circa 2001, via the TV movie 14 Hours
Those of us who weren't living in Houston when Tropical Storm Allison paid a visit seem to have missed out on the kind of bonding experience only tragedy can create. But thanks to TNT ("We Know Drama"), everyone got a chance to see how the courageous doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital saved hundreds of lives in the titular timeframe. Or sort of, anyway. For one thing, filming in Vancouver kind of slaughters any semblance of verisimilitude -- there ain't no mountains surrounding the Med Center. But who cares when you have none other than Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams and Rick(y) Schroder representing the hospital's crackerjack staff? Okay, so the general consensus was that the movie kinda sucked, but did TNT make any other movies this year about the heroic efforts of doctors in any other cities? Was anyone watching a movie about a leaky faucet in Des Moines? Hell, no! We're sure at least 100 people watched 14 Hours, and folks, you simply can't buy that kind of publicity.