Miniseries Marathon
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Archive for the year 2016

ESSENTIAL TELEMOVIES: Mayflower Madam (1987)

All but forgotten 30 years later, one of the most delicious of the 1980s scandals was that of Sidney Biddle Barrows, the old old old old money socialite who ran a high-class prostitution service.  American TV loves to knock down celebrities, but old old old old money rarely does anything newsworthy until a murder or […]

FLASH FORWARD: The People v. O.J. Simpson Episode 3: The Dream Team

So the Bronco chase is over and O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr., still not looking like he could take out a moth, let alone two people) has surrendered.  We know that Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) is heading up the prosecution, but when it comes to the defense, we know three things: there is an older […]

FLASH FORWARD: The People v. O.J. Simpson Episode 2: The Run of His Life

  “Last time on…”  Remember that?  It was a miniseries staple (and a nighttime soap staple as well).  No doubt these were the first word of thousands born between the mid-70s and mid-90s. We left off with Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) failing to produce O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) for arrest.  St. Robert Kardashian (David […]

FLASH FORWARD: The People v. O.J. Simpson Episode 1: From the Ashes of Tragedy

A few housekeeping details first: The Miniseries Marathon and ensuing publications deal with the American network miniseries genre of approximately 1975-1995.  “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is American, but on cable in 2016.  There are a few reasons I’m including it. I refuse to use the “American Crime Story” part of the title.  Nice try, making […]