Emmy’s Flashback to the 1970s: When TV Movies Ruled


The “made-for-television movie” began in the 1960s. In fact, one of the best-known television films Don Siegel1964 model from “The Killers” Ronald Reagan In his remaining film position as a ruthless villain, he was cast theatrically as he was considered too violent for television.

But the style came of age in the 70s.

Some of those movies, which aired on three broadcast networks, were completely shlock and others were pilots for a workable TV series. Nevertheless, it was also a shame of wealth. Who can overlook the beloved 1971 ABC biopic “Brian’s Tune” he starred in? James Caan and Billy Dee WilliamsIt received 5 awards, including 11 Emmy nominations and Excellent Show (Drama or Comedy). The 4 handkerchief weepies were so prevalent that they were released theatrically.

Also briefly launched in theaters Steven SpielbergThe traditional twinkling stars of 1971’s “Duel” Denis Tisserand broadcast on ABC. Considered one of the best TV movies of the last decade, the film was nominated for less than two Emmy Awards for sound editing.

in 1971 Lee Grant her second film “Columbo” was nominated for 2 Emmys for her outstanding single performance as lead actress for NBC’s “Ransom for a Useless Man” and for the NBC drama “The Neon Ceiling”, which she received. Frank Pierson directed this drama about a couple of bored housewives who take their teenage daughter and leave their suburban life behind. Once they run into car trouble, they stop at a restaurant in the California desert and meet the owner (Emmy nominee Gig Younger) who is creating neon sculptures that he has mounted on the ceiling. The housewife and the grumpy landlord are at first at odds but eventually become friends. The Los Angeles Times described the film as “an unprecedented experience…a mural”. And Grant chose to do the film because he “couldn’t let it go. A real change from what you usually see on TV.

ABC’s “That Sure Summer” season made history on November 1, 1972. Lamont Johnson and written by Richard Levinson and Hyperlink GuillaumeIt was the first gay-themed drama to win an Emmy. Hal Holbrook executes divorced father of younger son (Scott Jacoby) lives in San Francisco and ends up revealing to him that he is gay. Martin Sheen He interprets his life companion. Out Journal explained that it was “the first TV movie to paint homosexuality in a sympathetic way, and it’s pretty much taken care of by a star-studded cast of Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen”.

Hyperlink told me in a 2010 LA Times interview that he and Levinson came up with the idea after discovering that a gay friend of theirs at Common was bringing their son out of the closet. “We could have written a gay drama for Broadway or off-Broadway at the time, but TV was a no-no. A man would come back to our place of work and say, ‘What do you have for ABC?’ he would say. We talked about this gay father-son challenge and he was like, “You recognize, I feel like my boss, Barry Diller, he would care. Fortunately, he was. The film was nominated for seven Emmys and Jacoby was the sole winner.


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