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The ABC Movie of the Week: Discover a World of Thrilling Entertainment

Jese Leos
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When it comes to television viewing, few things can match the excitement and anticipation of a good movie. For decades, audiences around the world have gathered in front of their screens to enjoy the magic of cinema. The ABC Movie of the Week emerged as a groundbreaking concept that brought cinematic entertainment right into the living rooms of millions of American households.

Introducing The ABC Movie of the Week

The ABC Movie of the Week was a revolutionary programming strategy introduced by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the late 1960s. It aimed to captivate audience attention by offering a new movie every week, providing a consistently thrilling experience for viewers. From 1969 to 1975, this renowned television series showcased a wide variety of genre films, including drama, suspense, horror, romance, and science fiction.

What set The ABC Movie of the Week apart was its commitment to delivering quality entertainment. Unlike other TV movies of the time, this series boasted high production values, top-notch acting, and engaging storytelling. It provided viewers with an alternative to the traditional theatrical experience, allowing them to enjoy the magic of cinema without leaving the comfort of their homes.

The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen
The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen
by Michael McKenna(Kindle Edition)

4.6 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 4504 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 393 pages

Unforgettable Films and Memorable Moments

Over its successful run, The ABC Movie of the Week produced several unforgettable films that left a lasting impact on both critics and audiences alike. One such film was "Duel" (1971),directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. This iconic thriller depicted the terrifying tale of a motorist relentlessly pursued by a mysterious tanker truck.

Another notable entry in the series was "Brian's Song" (1971),a touching drama about the friendship between professional football players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. This heartwarming film captured the hearts of audiences, earning critical acclaim and numerous awards.

The ABC Movie of the Week also embraced the horror genre with films like "Trilogy of Terror" (1975). Starring Karen Black, this anthology film offered three chilling stories that pushed the boundaries of scare tactics and captivated viewers till the very end.

The Legacy Lives On

Although The ABC Movie of the Week concluded in 1975, its legacy continues to influence television and film to this day. The series played a pivotal role in nurturing emerging talent, with many actors and directors making their mark through their involvement in these groundbreaking productions.

The concept of regular movie premieres on television also became a popular approach for other networks and streaming platforms. Today, viewers can enjoy a wide array of weekly movie releases, bringing the joy of movie night right into their living rooms.

Reviving the ABC Movie of the Week Experience

With the rise of streaming platforms, the demand for quality content has never been higher. Recognizing this, ABC decided to bring back The ABC Movie of the Week in the form of a limited series revival. This exciting new project aims to reignite the spark that made the original series such a sensation, showcasing modern stories while embracing the nostalgia of the past.

As the revival premieres, fans eagerly anticipate the return of captivating storytelling, exceptional performances, and unforgettable moments. With streaming platforms allowing easier access to a wider audience, The ABC Movie of the Week promises to once again captivate viewers with its weekly dose of thrilling entertainment.

The ABC Movie of the Week revolutionized television viewing by bringing the excitement and allure of cinema right into the homes of millions of viewers. With its commitment to high production values, engaging storytelling, and top-notch acting, the series captured the hearts of audiences and left a lasting legacy in the world of entertainment.

Although the original series concluded in 1975, its spirit lives on through the revival and the influence it has had on TV and film programming. So, sit back, relax, and experience the magic of The ABC Movie of the Week, the show that continues to provide thrilling entertainment for all.

The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen
The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen
by Michael McKenna(Kindle Edition)

4.6 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 4504 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 393 pages

On September 23, 1969, five years after the first made-for-television movie premiered, the ABC network broadcast Seven in Darkness. This was the first television film for an anthology show called the Tuesday Night Movie of the Week. Dedicating ninety minutes of weekly airtime to a still-emerging genre was a financial risk for the third-place network—a risk that paid off. The films were so successful that in 1972 the network debuted The Wednesday Movie of the Week. Although most of the movies are no longer remembered, a handful are still fondly recalled by viewers today, including Duel, Brian’s Song, and The Night Stalker. The series also showcased pilot films for many eventual series, such as Alias Smith and Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Starsky and Hutch. By the end of both shows’ regular runs in the spring of 1975, the network had broadcast more than 200 made-for-television films.

In The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen, Michael McKenna examines this programming experiment that transformed the television landscape and became a staple of broadcast programming for several years. The author looks at how the revolving films showcased the right mixture of romantic comedy, action, horror, and social relevance to keep viewers interested week after week. McKenna also chronicles how the ratings success led to imitations from the other networks, resulting in a saturation of television movies.

As a cultural touchstone for millions who experienced the first run and syndicated versions of these films, The ABC Movie of the Week is a worthy subject of study. Featuring a complete filmography of all 240 movies with credit information and plot summaries, a chronology, and a list of pilots—both failed and successful—this volume will be valuable to television historians and scholars, as well as to anyone interested in one of the great triumphs of network programming.

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