Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. And they would each achieve notoriety in... See full summary »
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1984  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 T.J. Luther (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mack Crawford (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Kleber Cantrell (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Clifford Casey (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Susan French (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Ceil Shannon (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Otto Leo (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Martha Dalton (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Calvin Sledge (2 episodes, 1984)
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Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. And they would each achieve notoriety in their own way. Kleber would become a journalist. Mack would get by on his looks and would become a movie star. And T.J. who has a dark side would run all sorts of scams and would somehow become an evangelist. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Based on Thomas Thompson's best selling novel. It's a gripping blockbuster that had 97 million Americans hooked. "Celebrity" - A 5 hour epic available in two riveting parts. [Australia video] See more »

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A Story as Big as Texas
8 March 2014 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Growing up in the age Judith Krantz, Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins, I was in love with the blockbuster novel and the inevitable TV miniseries. Thomas Thompson's Celebrity was one of the most enthralling, as both novel and TV spectacular. It was a story that stayed with me forever.

Of course, one could say it is pure schlock, but this is A-Grade schlock, a big sprawling tale of three Texan boys caught in the trap of fame, told with unapologetic bravado.

TJ Luther (Beck) becomes a charismatic preacher at the bizarre City of Miracles. Mackenzie Crawford (Bottoms) becomes a beefcake movie star after a football injury. Kleber Cantrell (Masters) becomes, like Thomas Thompson himself, an award-winning journalist. The bonds of friendship are tested by fame, betrayal and violence.

Most pulpy and fabulous miniseries of the 80s focused on female protagonists – Sidney Sheldon was famous for his strong heroines, Jackie Collins has her set of Hollywood wives, actresses and mistresses, and Judith Krantz had her impossibly romantic female leads – so it was refreshing to see the multi-character blockbuster format populated with three male characters.

Writers would do well to delve into the elements that made it so successful: a central secret, a fascinating historical backdrop, a sensational murder trial and, of course, lashings of sex and scandal. For me, Thomas Thompson was a blue-collar Truman Capote, who told his stories with vigour and without pretension. It's still a damn good story.


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