Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. The premiere of this TV movie was a major media event. No sponsors bought commercial time after the point in the movie where the nuclear war occurs, so the last half of the show was aired straight through, without commercials. ABC set up special 1-800 hotlines to calm people down during and after the original airing. The original air date (on ABC) was November 20, 1983. Over 100 million Americans were estimated to have viewed the program.
Stars:Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg\
Immediately after the film's original broadcast, it was followed by a special news program, featuring a live discussion. It was during this discussion, aired live on network television, where Dr. Sagan introduced the world to the concept of "nuclear winter" and made his famous analogy, "Imagine a room awash in gasoline, and there are two implacable enemies in that room. One of them has nine thousand matches, the other seven thousand matches. Each of them is concerned about who's ahead, who's stronger."
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In Germany in 1911 Felix Borgner is visited by Dr Hansen, one of three explorers who got lost in the desert the previous year and were saved and guided back to safety by Borgner's son Eric. Of course Borgner is not amused as Eric was no longer alive by that time.
Stars:Gregory Morton, Eddie Firestone, Jeremy Slate
John Newland: [closing statement] Next week, and every week, we'll be bringing you the personal records of the rarest kind of human experience: man's adventure in the world of the unknown, that mysterious psychic world beyond our five senses. This is your invitation to take with us that astonishing... one step beyond.
A city-slicker family, tired of the urban grime and crime, moves to a quaint little lakeside village. All seems like paradise - until corpses start showing up in the water. Will the family be the new victims?