Turner Network Television Hits THE BIG TIME With John Wells And Warner Bros. Television for TNT Two-Hour Pilot

Molly Ringwald, Christina Hendricks, Michael Buchman Silver, Dylan Baker,

Shane Mikael Johnson, Sharif Atkins Star - Christopher Lloyd Guest Stars



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Turner Network Television

    ATLANTA, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- John Wells Productions in association
 with Warner Bros. Television have teamed to produce THE BIG TIME, a two-hour
 pilot about the early days of television and its revolutionary impact on
 America, for TNT.  John Wells (The West Wing, Third Watch) and Carol Flint
 (Earth 2) reunite and serve as executive producers; Flint also wrote the
 pilot.  Wells and Flint previously teamed on China Beach and on ER, for which
 they won an Emmy in 1996 as part of ER's producing team.  Paris Barclay (The
 West Wing, NYPD Blue) will serve as co-executive producer and will direct the
 pilot.
     THE BIG TIME is set in Manhattan in 1948 during the exhilarating early
 days of a new industry.  Molly Ringwald plays the network head's new bride who
 discovers a unique opportunity in the burgeoning landscape of television.
 Christina Hendricks (Beggars and Choosers) stars as an energetic young woman
 from the Midwest who moves to The Big Apple to join the emerging television
 network.  Michael B. Silver (NYPD Blue, ER) plays a floor manager with
 aspirations to direct.  Dylan Baker (Thirteen Days) stars as a tirelessly
 devoted producer and vice president of programming committed to making the
 young network a success.  Shane Mikael Johnson (Behind the Enemy Line) plays a
 charismatic junior ad agent aiming to create and direct programming.  Newcomer
 Sharif Atkins stars as a twentysomething jazz musician who struggles to
 balance his passion to succeed as a musical artist with his need to provide
 for his wife.  Christopher Lloyd guest stars as the brains behind Empire
 Television, whose engineering brilliance has poised the network on the cutting
 edge of a new era.
     Turner Network Television, currently seen in 81.6 million homes, is Turner
 Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, advertiser-supported service offering
 original motion pictures and miniseries; original series, non-fiction specials
 and live events; contemporary films from the world's largest film library, the
 combined Turner and Warner Bros. film libraries; exciting NASCAR, NBA,
 Wimbledon Tennis, PGA golf and WUSA soccer action; exclusive coverage of both
 the 2000 Winter and 2001 Goodwill Games; and popular television series.
     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major
 producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading
 provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
     This information can also be accessed at http://pressroom.turner.com .
 
 

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    ATLANTA, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- John Wells Productions in association
 with Warner Bros. Television have teamed to produce THE BIG TIME, a two-hour
 pilot about the early days of television and its revolutionary impact on
 America, for TNT.  John Wells (The West Wing, Third Watch) and Carol Flint
 (Earth 2) reunite and serve as executive producers; Flint also wrote the
 pilot.  Wells and Flint previously teamed on China Beach and on ER, for which
 they won an Emmy in 1996 as part of ER's producing team.  Paris Barclay (The
 West Wing, NYPD Blue) will serve as co-executive producer and will direct the
 pilot.
     THE BIG TIME is set in Manhattan in 1948 during the exhilarating early
 days of a new industry.  Molly Ringwald plays the network head's new bride who
 discovers a unique opportunity in the burgeoning landscape of television.
 Christina Hendricks (Beggars and Choosers) stars as an energetic young woman
 from the Midwest who moves to The Big Apple to join the emerging television
 network.  Michael B. Silver (NYPD Blue, ER) plays a floor manager with
 aspirations to direct.  Dylan Baker (Thirteen Days) stars as a tirelessly
 devoted producer and vice president of programming committed to making the
 young network a success.  Shane Mikael Johnson (Behind the Enemy Line) plays a
 charismatic junior ad agent aiming to create and direct programming.  Newcomer
 Sharif Atkins stars as a twentysomething jazz musician who struggles to
 balance his passion to succeed as a musical artist with his need to provide
 for his wife.  Christopher Lloyd guest stars as the brains behind Empire
 Television, whose engineering brilliance has poised the network on the cutting
 edge of a new era.
     Turner Network Television, currently seen in 81.6 million homes, is Turner
 Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, advertiser-supported service offering
 original motion pictures and miniseries; original series, non-fiction specials
 and live events; contemporary films from the world's largest film library, the
 combined Turner and Warner Bros. film libraries; exciting NASCAR, NBA,
 Wimbledon Tennis, PGA golf and WUSA soccer action; exclusive coverage of both
 the 2000 Winter and 2001 Goodwill Games; and popular television series.
     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major
 producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading
 provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
     This information can also be accessed at http://pressroom.turner.com .
 
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