The Big Time (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  20 October 2002 (USA)
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In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Timothy Wilkison (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
Vaughn Clay
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eydie Alyson ...
Ibsen Script Girl
Gabby Anderman ...
Another Miss Eve
Stuff (as Dwayne L. Barnes)
Ronald Bruner ...
Lizette Carrion


In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic programmer; and an aspiring director who hopes to make Empire "the network that takes risks and makes new stars." Then there's Empire's president, an eccentric scientist whose bride raises eyebrows at the network. Written by Schleppy

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It was the beginning of television. And they put it all on the line to get it on the air.







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20 October 2002 (USA)  »

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interesting. potential pilot for a new series?
26 December 2001 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

The Big Time tells the story of the Empire Television Network, which was founded by a early television set maker and inventor, "Doc", played by Christopher Lloyd. Empire was trying to establish a toehold in a new industry which was already being dominated by radio giants NBC and CBS. I believe there is some basis for this story in history, as a Empire Coil Company did own a few TV stations, but was shut out of more markets by the FCC deciding to freeze new license applications, and eventually bought out by DuMont.

Anyways, the story told here was mostly from the viewpoint of a young lady hired as a script typer, and her experiences dealing with the turmoils of a struggling company in a groundbreaking industry. It takes place in NYC in the late 1940s. It turns out Doc has cancer, and is dying, but noone except his wife (whom everyone else thinks is a golddigger) knows this.

This show has the potential of being an interesting cable TV series, I hope its given a chance. For the most part the acting was quite good, even if the exterior scenic filler shots reeked of 'cheap'.

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