The Wednesday Woman
“The Wednesday Woman” airs on CBS, 5/24/00 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). In this suspense drama, suggested by actual events, a woman writes a novel about a self-destructive affair, then unwittingly lives out the very story she invented. The film is based on the life of Muriel Davidson, who wrote the novel The Thursday Woman.
Meredith Baxter plays Muriel, a wife and mother who is reeling from the success of her first novel. Muriel’s book, The Wednesday Woman, focuses on a woman’s affair with a psychotic criminal who almost kills her. Life begins to imitate art when Muriel, a recovering alcoholic who grew up abused by her father, finds herself recklessly drawn into an affair with ex-convict Don Wigulow (Peter Coyote). Wigulow preys on Muriel’s vulnerabilities and lures her into a perilous downward spiral that threatens her marriage, her daughter, and eventually her life.
John Heard plays Bill Davidson, Muriel’s devoted husband, who finds himself using her book as a guide while he desperately tries to save his wife from her own self-destructive ways, and from Wigulow’s deadly clutches.