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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 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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22 October 2002 | by (Great Lakes) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a surprise. This short made-for-tv TNT original movie was more entertaining than 95% of new material on television today.

The sense the film gives is that it is part of a series of films or tv series, with this particular "episode" being a middle one. Unfortunately, this is just one movie, and viewers are left with the desire for more elaboration on the wonderful characters. The highpoint, out of many to choose, is the character development. To me, the seven or eight important characters are portrayed more interestingly than the casts of "ER" and "NYPD Blue" put together. In the films short duration (2 hours minus time for tv commercials) it covers everything from power struggles in early television studios to morality and ethnicity codes.

The film takes place in New York City in 1948, and America is fresh out of a war. Women have been removed from the factories and must seek gainful employment in a fast and changing economy and social structure where women and minorities are starting to be excepted. The main character, Audrey, is a young woman moving to the big city and gets caught up in the whirlwind of a struggling live television studio, Empire. The swarm of actors, salesmen, producers, sponsors, and other various contributors to early television help paint a picture of early post-war American popular culture.

Look for a blond Molly Ringwald as a golddigger, and Christopher Lloyd playing a terminally ill president of a young tv studio. (His character is named "Doc", no relation or correlation to "Back to the Future").


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