Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 18, 1976 · Page 87
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 18, 1976
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Networks turning to novels for fall shows By Jay Fredericks Word filtering out of Hollywood is that most of this fall's new television series will closely resemble last fall's old television series and that all of us might be better off curling up with a good book. A good book -- or, at any rate, a book -- is what the networks plan to give us, incidentally. The smashing ratings success of the television adaptation of Irwin Shaw's novel, Rich Man, Poor Man, is leading naturally enough to imitations in the new season. The idea is that novels will be turned into television mini-dramas that will last for two episodes or six episodes or twelve episodes - whatever it takes to tell the story. (There is also under consideration the daytime programming of what are called "Gothic" novels -- those mysteries aimed mostly at women in which some fair damsel is placed in jeopardy in some creaking old mansion inhabited by some handsome, brooding, mate with a Terrible Secret. There are thousands of Gothics in paperback racks all over the nation and they range from pretty good to absolutely awful.) Not only are there imitators of the Rich Man, Poor Man format around, but aiso.flicA Man, Poor Man itself has been reworked into a series. This, no doubt, will be the fate of any of the novels that make a ratings impact since television's voracious consumption of material makes it eager for anything that has proved itself capable of attracting an audience. NBC has scheduled its novels- into-television show, which it calls. "Best Sellers," on Thursday nights from 10 to 11 where it will be up against two shoot-'em-up detective shows on the other networks -"Barnaby Jones" on CBS and "Most Wanted," a new Robert Stack program, on ABC. "Best Sellers" could do well there although NBC hasn't given it any lead-in strength. As a matter of fact, as I said last week, the rest of NBC's Thursday night programming looks like a disaster area. 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Network program people say, however, that "The Big Event" can turn up in any time period since it will be just what the name says it is and may happen any night of the week. "The Big Event" can be anything at all from a blockbuster movie like 'Gene With The Wind to a sports or cultural event. Once it gets started "The Big Event" may not live up to its title but it is, at least, an attempt to do something a little bit different. People, who have- seen the previews say that the best new NBC regular series this fall is "Gibbsville" adapted from the John O'Hara stories about a young man growing up in a Pennsylvania town. The series started as a "Movie Of The Week" and got a pretty good reception when it was shown a year or so ago. The star of the series is the same fellow who starred in the television movie, a rather intense young actor named John Savage who is being touted as a possible new superstar. 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