The Thorn Birds (1983)
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Before cable and streaming media, made-for-tv movies were all the rage. There weren’t many choices other than “subscription TV”, for many cities in the U.S. Brands like Spectrum and ONTV were in many markets but cable TV was just getting its seeds planted and, well, the internet was something pointy-headed intellectuals used to talk to each other so… this was it, network specials or bust.
The Thorn Birds was a mini-series broadcast on ABC in the early spring of 1983. With a cast of stars, the movie featured Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Piper Laurie, Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley, Bryan Brown, a very young Mare Winningham and others. The movie was based on Colleen McCullough’s 1977 book. the story takes place in the 1920s Australian Outback, a Catholic priest and the beautiful granddaughter of a vast sheep station owner stand powerless before God’s will, tormented by desire.
The broadcast would go on to become the second-most-watched mini-series behind 1977’s “Roots.” Nominated for multiple awards, the show would win multiple Emmy and Golden Globs awards that year. In 1986, CBS aired a follow-up titled “The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years.” The storyline was based on the 19 years unaccounted for in the original miniseries.
Back to 1983 we go for The Thorn Birds
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