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‘Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II’ (1976): Rushed sequel series still entertains

A true television “event,” back when a show could catch fire with the huge, largely unified network TV audience and actually depress attendance at restaurants and movie theaters on broadcast nights (while stressing city sewer systems during commercial breaks), Rich Man, Poor Man, starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely, and a host of familiar TV and movie star names, broke Nielsen records for the newly-minted “miniseries” genre.

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‘Billionaire Boys Club’ (1987): True crime miniseries is a forgotten gem

Creepy, chilling true-crime miniseries.

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‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ (1976): Racy event television from a lost era

Well…now that the seven angels have blasted their horns, rumbling them into a wild, dark winter, inventing entirely new, terrible beasts while we line up with our seven bowls to meekly beseech, “Please, sir, I’d like some more,” (Lionel Bart’s smash West End musical Oliver!, with book by John the Elder and Heinrich Heine), there doesn’t seem to be much more to do while we await our re-education camp assignments than to watch some vintage television, right?

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‘Shogun’ (1980): NBC’s blockbuster miniseries premiered 40 years ago

Now, what’s a Drunk TV virtual Fall TV season..without some special event television (“We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming tonight because of the f*cking actor’s strike to bring you an NBC Movie Event!”)?

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‘Lace’ (1984): Everything that was wrong with 80s television—and oh so right

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‘Elvis: The Miniseries’ (2005): Slick production tiptoes around big questions

2019 marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Elvis Presley. Continue reading ‘Elvis: The Miniseries’ (2005): Slick production tiptoes around big questions

‘Scarlett’ (1994): Sequel miniseries to ‘Gone with the Wind’ a gussied-up Harlequin Romance novel

As God is my witness, it was better than I had any right to imagine…. Continue reading ‘Scarlett’ (1994): Sequel miniseries to ‘Gone with the Wind’ a gussied-up Harlequin Romance novel

‘The Key to Rebecca’ (1985): Intrigue, suspense & threesomes power indie spy miniseries

Not-bad-at-all mid-80s indie miniseries, based on the international bestseller. Continue reading ‘The Key to Rebecca’ (1985): Intrigue, suspense & threesomes power indie spy miniseries