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The Big Time (2002)





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The hectic early days of live television are spoofed in this irreverent made-for-cable movie. The story is told from the viewpoint of Audrey Drummond (Christina Hendricks), a naïve young script girl hired by the newly formed Empire Television Network in 1948. Among Audrey's colleagues are the network's owner, eccentric scientist Doc Powers (Christopher Lloyd); Doc's blonde, pneumatic young "trophy wife" Marion (Molly Ringwald); the Colonel (Dylan Baker), Empire's visionary programming chief; and Walt Kaplan (Michael B. Silver), a studio floor manager who aspires to be a director. The story revolves around Empire's efforts to stage the first live TV production of Thornton Wilder's +Our Town, while trying desperately to adhere to Doc Powers' cast-in-stone broadcast edicts: "No profanity, no suicide, no cleavage." Amidst a flurry of missed cues, fainting actors, collapsing scenery, and malfunctioning equipment, the network also manages to outrage its sponsors by allowing a black musician (Sharif Atkins) to actually (gasp! egad!) speak directly into the camera. Co-executive produced by The West Wing's John Wells and ER's Carol Flint (who also wrote the script), The Big Time debuted October 21, 2002 on the TNT network.


Christina Hendricks
as Audrey Drummond
Dylan Baker
as The Colonel
Molly Ringwald
as Marion Powers
Michael B. Silver
as Walt Kaplan
Shane Mikael Johnson
as Timothy Wilkison
Sharif Atkins
as Joe Royal
Joseph J. Dawson
as Lead Actor
John De Lancie
as Vaughn Clay
Nicolas Surovy
as Mr. Spelman
Lizette Carrion
as Lorraine Royal
Dakin Matthews
as R.T. Sloan Sr.
Lisa Darr
as Hedda
John Byner
as Ed Wynn
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... The Big Time also delivers on an odd nostalgia.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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