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Release Date:
20 October 2002 (USA) See more »
It was the beginning of television. And they put it all on the line to get it on the air.
In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent TV Film About the Early Days of Television See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Dylan Baker ... The Colonel

Molly Ringwald ... Marion Powers

Christopher Lloyd ... Doc Powers

Christina Hendricks ... Audrey Drummond

Shane Johnson ... Timothy Wilkison (as Shane Mikael Johnson)

Michael B. Silver ... Walt Kaplan

Sharif Atkins ... Joe Royal

John de Lancie ... Vaughn Clay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eydie Alyson ... Ibsen Script Girl
Gabby Anderman ... Another Miss Eve

Dwayne Barnes ... Stuff (as Dwayne L. Barnes)
Ronald Bruner ... Skins

John Byner ... Ed Wynn
Lizette Carrion

Thomas Daniel ... Businessman

Lisa Darr

Joseph J. Dawson ... Dr. Frank Gibbs ('Our Town' cast member)

Heather Donahue
Jake Fritz ... Fenton Spelman

Philip M. Gardiner ... New York Stock Broker (as Phil Gardiner)

Pete Gardner ... Announcer
Marc Goldsmith ... Engineer
Dylan Haggerty ... Technical Director

Pat Healy ... Burlingame

Elaine Hendrix ... Fleur Soap Announcer

Gildart Jackson ... Clive
Timothy Joliat ... Businessman (featured)

Devon Michael Jones ... Engineer
Alexis Kiley ... Heiress
Katrina Kitsis ... School Teacher

Steven Koller ... Larry
Joel Leder ... Scott

Jane Lynch ... Miss Rush

Katie Maguire ... Business Women

Dakin Matthews

Victor McCay ... Ibsen Director

David O'Donnell ... George
Robyn Pedretti ... Potential Miss Eve

Mario Piccirillo ... Lobby Attendant
Eric Rutherford ... Paramedic

Angela Shelton ... Gladys

Nicolas Surovy ... Mr. Spelman
Austin Tichenor ... Tesman
John Vickery

Larry Vigus ... Old Gold Executive

Doug Wax ... Vaughn Clay's Assistant
Nik Wilcox ... Office Worker
Mary Kay Wulf ... Mrs. Gibbs

Susan Yeagley ... Miss Eve #1 (Nelle) (as Susan Yeagly)

Steve DiGennaro ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Paris Barclay 
Writing credits
Carol Flint (teleplay)

Thornton Wilder (play "Our Town")

Produced by
Lewis Abel .... producer
Paris Barclay .... co-executive producer
Carol Flint .... executive producer
Andrew Stearn .... co-producer
Vicki Voltarel .... associate producer (as Vicki J. Voltarel)
John Wells .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach 
Film Editing by
Randy Jon Morgan 
Casting by
Delia Frankel 
John Frank Levey 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Art Direction by
Randy Moore 
Set Decoration by
Debra Combs 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo  (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)
Makeup Department
Heidi Grotsky .... makeup department head
Sheri Knight .... key makeup artist
Marsha Lewis .... hair stylist
Production Management
Michael Attanasio .... unit production manager
Patrick Ward .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juana Franklin .... second second assistant director
J.J. Linsalata .... second assistant director
Richard Peter Schroer .... first assistant director
Peter Soldo .... second assistant director: New York (pilot episode)
Art Department
David E. Harshbarger .... property master
Mark Vitale .... construction coordinator
Scott Zuber .... set designer
Sound Department
Yervant Hagopian .... utility sound
Dan Hiland .... re-recording mixer
Walter Newman .... sound supervisor
Gary D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer
Hal Whitby .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Broderick .... Steadicam operator
Joe Broderick .... camera operator
Marc Carter .... assistant camera
Steve Chase .... key grip
Dan Delgado .... gaffer
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator
Brant S. Fagan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jim Rose .... gaffer: second unit
Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting
Kristian Sorge .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philip Hayman .... costume supervisor
Paula Lynn Kaatz .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Karen Dale Greene .... first assistant editor
Joshua Levey .... post-production coordinator
Robert Parigi .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Georg Brandl Egloff .... composer: additional music
Ron Finn .... music editor
Ann Kline .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Bart Johnson .... transportation captain
Hobart Lundt .... transportation coordinator
Bradley Sackin .... driver: 10 ton production van
Other crew
John Armstrong .... location manager
Beth Caldarello .... assistant production coordinator
L. Chip Crosby Jr. .... production assistant
Rob Lee .... key production assistant
Kathleen Mulligan .... script supervisor
Shelagh O'Brien .... assistant: John Wells
Elias Scoropanos .... assistant location manager
Mario West .... production assistant
Yori Tondrowski .... set production assistant (uncredited)

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Originally made as a pilot for a TV Series, but was never commissioned.See more »


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Excellent TV Film About the Early Days of Television, 21 October 2002
Author: LindaY from Marietta, GA

TNT needs their collective heads examined for not picking up this story as a continuing series. Here's a cast of characters I would have loved to get to know more about.

In a similar vein to AMC's late lamented REMEMBER WENN, THE BIG TIME is the story of Empire Television, a new, small network just trying to stay afloat. It's 1948, television is new--and live. Into the mix of sales reps, aspiring directors, scientists, musicians and managers comes Audrey Drummond, fresh from Wisconsin; as she learns the ropes, we see the perils of live drama as well as the behind-the-scenes lives of the characters.

The movie was meant to be a pilot, so we don't learn all about these characters in the course of the film, but they are intriguing enough to keep us interested. Although Molly Ringwald, as Marion Powers, and Christopher Lloyd, as Doc, have star billing, the supporting characters are equally, if not more, interesting: Christina Hendriks as Audrey, Michael Silver as Walt Kaplan, Dylan Baker as the Colonel, Sharif Atkins as Joe Royal, and Shane Mikael Johnson as Tim Wilkison, with John DeLancie in an amusing guest star role as an egotistical radio actor a bit felled by the new medium. And, hallelujah, stereotypes were kept to a minimum!

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