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Apocalypse Television

Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/09/2024

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Apocalypse Television

How The Day After Helped End the Cold War

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696614696


A dramatic insider's account of the making of and backlash against the 1983 made-for-TV movie The Day After.

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On November 20, 1983, a three-hour made-for-TV movie, The Day After, premiered on ABC. Set in the heartland of Lawrence, Kansas, the film depicted the events before, during, and after a Soviet nuclear attack with vivid scenes of the post-apocalyptic hellscape that would follow. The film was viewed by over 100 million Americans and remains the highest rated TV movie in history.

The path to primetime for The Day After proved nearly as treacherous as the film's narrative. Battles ensued behind the scenes at the network, between the network and the filmmakers. But these skirmishes pale in comparison to the culture wars triggered by the film in the press, alongside a growing Nuclear Freeze movement, and from a united, pro-nuclear Right. Once efforts to alter the script failed, the White House conducted a full-throttled propaganda campaign to hijack the film's message.

Apocalypse Television features a dramatic insider's account of the making of and backlash against The Day After. No other book has told this story in similar fashion, venturing behind-the-scenes of the programming and news divisions at ABC, the backlash from the conservative movement and Religious Right, the challenges encountered by the film's production team, and the experiences of the citizens of Lawrence, Kansas, where the film was set and shot.

Author Bio

David Craig is a clinical professor in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Prior to his academic career, he was a multiple-Emmy-nominated Hollywood producer and cable television executive.