It's Roma Downey night on CBS - immediately following "Touched by an Angel," Downey stars in the TV movie "Monday After the Miracle" (8 p.m., Ch. 2).
She plays Annie Sullivan, who was the teacher who broke through to deaf, mute and blind Helen Keller. But this fact-based telefilm picks up 13 years after "The Miracle" - Keller (Moira Kelly) is a student at Radcliffe, and Sullivan remains her fiercely devoted mentor, teacher, guardian and friend.Sullivan could be a difficult woman, which was the attraction of the part for Downey.
"I love Monica, but it's nice to play something other than an angel," she said. "Annie Sullivan was a . . . a real challenge."
Sullivan and Keller's incredible relationship is challenged when Sullivan meets and falls in love with John Macy (Bill Campbell), a young professor and writer who is hired to help Keller write a series of articles about her life. She has reservations, but Sullivan marries Macy - although she can never make anyone other than Keller the No. 1 priority in her life.
That, of course, doesn't make for the happiest of marriages.
The story details an attraction between Keller and Macy, and the impact it has on his marriage with Sullivan. Later, Keller and Sullivan make the painful decision to take their "act" to vaudeville.
"The Monday After the Miracle" is a good TV movie in its own right but lacks the emotional impact of "The Miracle Worker."