"Hold the Dream" is not a miniseries of substance.
The four-hour sequel to "A Woman of Substance," which begins tonight at 8 on KCOP Channel 13, is soap opera, pure and simple--but with minimal suds. It's "Dallas" without the humor, "Dynasty" without the glitz.
"How serious is it, doctor?" the leading character, Paula, asks after her drunken husband has crashed his car.
"There's a fracture of the spine with probable nerve damage, but there's some movement. There's also a severe fracture to the left wrist, cracked ribs and, obviously, cuts and bad bruising. So," the physician concludes, "it's serious."
That's how dry Barbara Taylor Bradford's adaptation of her own novel is. It has the same plot machinations of "Dallas" and "Dynasty"--marital discord, family in-fighting, unrequited love, big-budget business deals, revenge, sex--but with prototypical British restraint (except with regard to the sex, where it is a bit racier than typical U.S. network fare).