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Titanic 4-part miniseries on ABC April 14-15


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#1 OFFLINE   pablo

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

http://abc.go.com/shows/titanic/

From the creative minds of Julian Fellowes, Academy Award (Gosford Park), Emmy and Golden Globe winner (Downton Abbey), and BAFTA-winning producer Nigel Stafford Clark (Bleak House) comes the highly anticipated ABC Premiere Event, Titanic, a four-part miniseries that will premiere SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Parts One-Three will air on April 14, and the miniseries will conclude with Part Four on SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), which will actually mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.




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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:19 PM

Interesting. Though I think my wife will have enough with all the Titanic documentaries I have set to record.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:20 PM

Interesting. Though I think my wife will have enough with all the Titanic documentaries I have set to record.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:30 PM

Titanic's final mystery 4/5 on smithsonian at 8
Titanic: ballards secret mission 4/7 on nat geo at 8 (this is a few years old)
Titanic the final word with James Cameron nat geo 4/8 8-10
Titanic at 100: mystery solved on History. I'm recording it on 4/16 12-2 am because my hr34 said it was busy for the first airing.

I also recorded titanic: birth of the legend on green, that was also fairly old but recorded it anyway.

I think I saw a few others that I passed on, either because of age or only in sd.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:51 PM

How many ships have sunk in the world in the last 500 years?

Are there dozens of flicks on any one of them?

People need to get over this one.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:55 PM

To me there are a few ships that stand out among the others. Titanic is one of them. If it's not your thing, then don't watch them :)

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:18 PM

Titanic's final mystery 4/5 on smithsonian at 8
Titanic: ballards secret mission 4/7 on nat geo at 8 (this is a few years old)
Titanic the final word with James Cameron nat geo 4/8 8-10
Titanic at 100: mystery solved on History. I'm recording it on 4/16 12-2 am because my hr34 said it was busy for the first airing.

I also recorded titanic: birth of the legend on green, that was also fairly old but recorded it anyway.

I think I saw a few others that I passed on, either because of age or only in sd.


Thanks for the heads up, I'll definitely record those.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:21 AM

Thanks. I would probably just thought it was reruns of Cameron's movie if I had not seen this thread.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:38 AM

There's a great 3D/IMAX theater about 3 miles away here...they have already sold out 6 days worth of tickets for the Titanic 3D/IMAX release showings coming up locally....so I guess somebody must still be interested.

As for the other posted programs....

Thank you.

I have always found the various other such content to be informative, and often learn something new about this historical event.

Different strokes topic I suspect.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

How many ships have sunk in the world in the last 500 years?

Are there dozens of flicks on any one of them?

People need to get over this one.


Well, over 1500 people lost their lives. It's a pretty big deal.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:09 AM

I think there's more to it than that. I get what SayWhat is saying in a sense. Disasters like the sinking of the Sultana (the most casualties on a ship I can think of that wasn't due to attack, though I'm sure there are others) don't get the kind of attention Titanic does. The Sultana didn't exactly get a lot of press when it sank, let alone much talked about it now. Other stories took the medias attention from that one during the time.

Titanic has endured for a few reasons. The size and opulence of first class (I realize Britannic was larger), that they called it virtually unsinkable, yet sunk on her maiden voyage, and probably because John Jacob Astor IV and Isador and Ida Strauss died. It's also the disaster that caused many changes to happen in terms of ship safety and design, the creation of the ice patrol etc.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

The first two decades of the 1900's was really the pinnacle of newspaper influence on popular culture. The "yellow journalism" battles of Pulitzer vs. Hearst in the late 1890's for all the sins involved, set the stage for a sensational newspaper press while radio would not begin to displace newspaper "scoops" until the next decade.

Add to that the fact that in 1912 the European-American engineering and scientific community was pretty full of itself.

Now it's 2012 and things are surprisingly similar in the news biz. Imagine a slow news month with CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, plus the broadcast networks taking on a story with as many different elements. There was just so much to work with in this story.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

For the record, the Doña Paz collision was the most deadliest with over 4000 casualties: http://en.wikipedia....iki/MV_Doña_Paz

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:23 PM

PBS is also showing Saving the Titanic: http://www.pbs.org/p...saving-titanic/

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:18 PM

The Smithsonian special was the most interesting I've seen I think, that the iceberg couldn't be seen due to a mirage. I'm glad I got the extra pack.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:27 PM

Looks just like the movie, but with a much smaller budget. Not sure I get the point.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:35 PM

BTW... if there are any "Doctor Who" fans out there, one of the cast members of this mini-series will be the actress who will be playing the new companion in the upcoming season.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

The Smithsonian special was the most interesting I've seen I think, that the iceberg couldn't be seen due to a mirage. I'm glad I got the extra pack.


We watched the 2 or 3 shows on Smithsonian last night and I agree, they were really good.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:42 AM

It's just more Hollywood franchising.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

The thread subject show should have been a PBS Masterpiece series presented over two Sunday nights. ABC adds nothing to the credibility of the production, adds advertising, and scheduled it in a really goofy way.

This is not, I repeat not a Hollywood production. It is an IFC production written by Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of "Downton Abbey." It has more in common with "Upstairs, Downstairs" than James Cameron’s Hollywood version of the story.

Fellowes explained his viewpoint:

“They talk about the perfect storm now but this is the perfect disaster. This one ship holds every element of a self-confident society that was headed for a smash-up (in the First World War, two years later).”

Though each episode will include all the characters in every episode, each episode will give us the view from a different economic class. At the beginning of each episode the characters have no idea of the fate that awaits them and at the end of each episode the ship will start sinking.

The creator and producer of this version of the story, Nigel Stafford-Clark, explains:

“We were the most powerful nation on earth, we had been for about 50 years by that point, there will probably never be a nation as unchallenged as we were, and we saw no reason why that shouldn’t continue for ever.

“But we were sailing towards the First World War as obliviously as the Titanic was sailing towards its iceberg. It just felt like it was a real chance to do a portrait of a whole society at a particular moment, just before it vanished forever....

“You’ve got the whole class system, which at that point was the bedrock of Britain’s stability, literally encased in steel. It’s the perfect setting.”

This isn't two star-crossed lovers standing on the prow of a ship while Celine Dion sings.

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