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1984: NBC Airs the TV Movie 'The Burning Bed'
October 8, 2016  | By Linda Donovan
 

On this day in 1984, NBC aired the TV movie The Burning Bed, based on a true story about battered wife, Francine Hughes, played by Farrah Fawcett. After years of severe abuse at the hands of her husband, and being raped by him one night, Francine set fire to the bed once he was asleep.

The movie recounted the violent relationship from its beginning to the night Francine attempted to save her life and those of her children. Fawcett won critical and public acclaim for her work, revealing a depth to her acting ability she’d never shown before. The movie was nominated for eight Emmys, including one for Fawcett (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special) and also won the Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Specials.

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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