The Wednesday Woman

Network Premier: May 24, 2000
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.

Dove Review

“The Wednesday Woman” is suspenseful and well acted, but I found the teleplay to be ultimately unsatisfying. The lead is unlikable and unrepentive. She has several serious mental disorders that I feel were barely addressed, let alone solved by the film’s end.

Content Description

Sex: Adultery is committed, but the sexual scenes are implied rather than shown.
Language: None
Violence: A psychotic man hits a woman, and then threatens her with a gun. There are also discussions of child abuse.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: CBS
Producer: Deborah Gabler
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Meredith Baxter, Peter Coyote, John Heard, Brittney Irvin
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright