Bare Essence

NBC (ended 1983)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Episode 11

    Aired 6/13/83

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Episode 10

    Aired 6/13/83

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Episode 9

    Aired 4/29/83

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

    Aired 4/15/83

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired 4/8/83

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Dehner

    Hadden Marshall

  • Jessica Walter

    Ava Marshall

  • Ian McShane

    Niko Theophilus

  • Jonathan Frakes

    Marcus Marshall

  • Michael Woods

    Sean Benedict

  • show Description
  • Picking up where the original CBS mini-series left off, Bare Essence deals with ambitious Tyger Hayes, who married into the wealthy Marshall clan, but has to fight for her share of the family perfume empire when her husband Chase is murdered in the premiere episode. A major plotline during the short-run of the show was the mystery of who murdered Chase and in the final episode it was revealed that his killer was Muffin, his sister-in-law. Other plotlines involved Tyger's development of her perfume business, the scheming Ava's attempts to maintain control of the family empire and the equally diabolical Niko's attempts to destroy the Marshall clan. This was NBC's unsuccessful attempt to launch a nighttime serial of its own during the 1980's boom in primetime soaps such as "Dallas" & "Dynasty." Originally, "Bare Essence" aired on CBS in the fall of 1982 as a 4-1/2 hour mini-series and scored huge ratings. However, CBS, whose roster was already full with three primetime soaps of its own, passed on turning "Bare Essence" into a weekly hour drama. NBC, who had never had its own successful primetime soap, jumped at the chance and brought back "Bare Essence" as a weekly series in February 1983. Unfortunately, the success enjoyed by the mini-series did not carry over to the show, which was one of the lowest rated that season, and thus, the show was quickly cancelled. The show starred Genie Francis (fresh from leaving her tremendously popular role as Laura Spencer on "General Hospital"). She was the only major star from the mini-series who made the transition to the weekly series with most other starring roles being recast. However, Francis's "star-power" on daytime didn't translate to nighttime and even stars like Ian McShane, Jennifer O'Neill and Jessica Walter couldn't sustain the show. The show premiered in February 1983, but was pulled from the schedule due to low ratings after two months. In June 1983, NBC aired the final two episodes as a TV-movie titled, "Bare Essence: The Final Chapter."moreless

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    • At the end of the mini-series, Tyger returned to her modest California beach home and gave up the glamorous New York lifestyle, as did her lover, wealthy Chase Marshall.

    • The first part of the mini-series originally ran 2 1/2 hours long.

    • This two-part mini-series was the showcase for Genie Francis, the popular daytime actress from "General Hospital." The mini-series was highly successful, but CBS passed on turning it into a weekly series. Rival NBC, however, attempted to cash in on the formula by picking up "Bare Essence" as a weekly show, but had to wait until the end of 1982 when Genie Francis's contract with CBS expired.

    • Two new characters not introduced in the mini-series appear in the series premiere- the villainous jet-setter Niko Theophilus, played by Ian McShane, and the mysterious Sean Benedict, played by Michael Woods, who turns out to be the illegitimate son of the Marshall family matriarch Margaret.

    • Originally aired as a two-hour episode with Episode 2.

    • "Bare Essence," the mini-series, was a ratings success for CBS, but when CBS passed on turning it into a weekly series, NBC jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, there were numerous cast changes from the mini-series to the weekly series. Linda Evans (Lady Bobbi), Donna Mills (Barbara), Bruce Boxleitner (Chase) and Joel Higgins (Matt) were all committed to their own TV series at the time. Lee Grant (Ava), for unknown reasons, did not reprise her role in the series as well. Thus, Jennifer O'Neill replaced Linda Evans in the role of Lady Bobbi, Jaime Lyn Bauer replaced Donna Mills in the role of Barbara and Jessica Walter replaced Lee Grant in the role of Ava. The only female lead from the mini-series who remained was Genie Francis, who played the starring role of Tyger. In this pilot episode, Al Corley replaced Bruce Boxleinter as Chase, but was killed off in the series premiere. The role of Matt played by Joel Higgins in the mini-series was not recast or mentioned in the series.

    • Originally aired as two-hour episode with Episode 1.

    • In this episode, Ava tricks Hadden, her former father-in-law, into thinking that they slept together, but Ava is secretly pregnant from her affair with the evil Niko. At the end of the episode, a dead body is found on Niko's yacht and Lady Bobbi's holding the gun.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Bare Essence is one scoop teen drama, one scoop quirky comedy and one scoop away from solving the big mystery. The cherry on top is they were, the Bare Essence's creator and executive producer.

    By ara3flex86, Apr 13, 2006

  • another unsuccessful primetime soap

    By Jagger1966, Aug 15, 2005