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Titanic 4-part miniseries on ABC April 14-15


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#21 OFFLINE   pablo

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

I'm really looking forward to it, and I like how they scheduled it, but they could've done all four hours in one night to make it more in time with the event itself, as the ship hit the iceberg late evening April 14 and sank early morning April 15.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:31 PM

Just keep in mind that mostly each hour is a separate story arc focusing on a family of different class and ending when the the ship starts sinking. The ABC trailer (see the OP) doesn't make that clear.

My guess is that they scheduled it mostly on Saturday night because they think that like "Downton Abbey" it would be a multi-Sunday ratings winner for PBS but for not a commercial broadcast network.

But I'll report the ratings and I hope it will turn out that I had no idea just how many Americans would stay home next Saturday night just to watch this show.:sure:

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:58 AM

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.


Really enjoyed The Final Word with James Cameron.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:02 AM

There will also be a 5-part Rebuilding Titanic doc on NGC on April 15.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:48 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.

Titanic is the classic example of hubris. An unsinkable ship goes to the bottom with 1,500 souls on its maiden voyage.

It could remain the standard for man's arrogance for a thousand years.

We think we know so much. We know nothing.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:18 AM

I'm kicking this up as a reminder.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

Titanic is the classic example of hubris. An unsinkable ship goes to the bottom with 1,500 souls on its maiden voyage.

It could remain the standard for man's arrogance for a thousand years.

We think we know so much. We know nothing.


Right, it's still a valid analogy. We think that our technology can beat nature, but nature can be much more powerful, unless it's overwhelmed.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:29 PM

Really enjoyed The Final Word with James Cameron.


I have a whole new respect for him just from that.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:34 PM

^ That was good.

Cameron was an honest scientist, trying to find what was wrong with his depiction of the Titanic's last few hours in the movie, which were minor, literally a matter of a few degrees: (1) it was listing a bit, (2) the bow wasn't down quite so far just before it broke off, and (3) the stern never went fully vertical before it plunged to the bottom.

Reality was less dramatic.

When he said he wasn't going to go back and make changes in the film to correct those facts, I thought, "There's a wise man."
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:32 PM

The starfield error was much easier to correct anyway.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:44 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 :)


The story of The Titanic is emblematic in many ways. Man's hubris, for one.

Moreover, the film Titanic is gargantuan.

The myths around the whole story are colossal.

In short, everything about The Titanic is, well, uh, titanic.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

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


OMG. On a ferry designed to handle 608 passengers. Sad and pathetic. The official count was ca. 1500 people, but it was widely conceded that there was more than a thousand un-manifested people aboard.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:07 AM

OMG. On a ferry designed to handle 608 passengers. Sad and pathetic. The official count was ca. 1500 people, but it was widely conceded that there was more than a thousand un-manifested people aboard.

Sadly...there are a number of these kinds of incidents with over-loaded ferries and other ships in foreign waters. While the U.S. has strick policies and enforcement, and several European nations do as well...once you get outside that governance....the risk goes up.

The same holds true for the airline business.

Having seen 2 more Titanic specials yesterday...there were alot of new things learned and new footage seen. Great stuff.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:55 PM

Just a note on ratings. Saturday's airing of the first three parts of the mini-series that is the subject of the thread pulled 18-49 demo and total ratings as follows:

8:00 0.8/3 - 4.39 million
8:30 0.7/3 - 4.19 million
9:00 0.8/3 - 4.37 million
9:30 0.8/3 - 4.26 million
10:00 0.8/3 - 3.76 million
10:30 0.8/3 - 3.69 million

A week ago ABC's airing of The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston averaged 1.6/5 - 6.90.

As I said before this mini-series should have been a PBS Masterpiece series presented over two Sunday nights. It may be that many recorded it as I did. But it would have been a better fit for PBS. I don't get why ABC bought this.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

Saturday night is a dumping ground for rotting corpses. I guess the ABC execs knew what they had on their hands and disposed of the body where nobody would find it.

The national reviewers all pronounced this thing moribund last week. I think I'll record tonight's death rattle just for fun.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:48 PM

This turkey aired over the last four Wednesday nights in Canada. The first episode made no sense to me when the timeline went from the ship's launch to the iceberg in 45 minutes! Turns out, they did it again for the next two episodes. I didn't even bother with episode four.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:50 PM

There will be a new 6-part miniseries airing on Encore starting on October 8:

http://www.starz.com...icBloodandSteel




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