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The Big Time (2002)

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 »

Director:

Paris Barclay

Writers:

Carol Flint (teleplay), Thornton Wilder (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Eydie Alyson ... Ibsen Script Girl
Gabby Anderman Gabby Anderman ... Another Miss Eve
Dwayne Barnes ... Stuff (as Dwayne L. Barnes)
Ronald Bruner Ronald Bruner ... Skins
John Byner ... Ed Wynn
Lizette Carrion Lizette Carrion
Thomas Daniel ... Businessman
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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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It was the beginning of television. And they put it all on the line to get it on the air.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A televízió aranykora See more »

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Originally made as a pilot for a television series, but was never commissioned. See more »

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interesting. potential pilot for a new series?
26 December 2001 | by Muddy-3See 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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