NBC (ended 1998)
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  • "This powerful one-hour family drama from executive producer John Wells (ER) and creator/supervising producer Matthew McNair Carnahan (Black Circle Boys) centers on the McCallisters, a working-class Irish-Catholic family from New York's Hell's Kitchen, whose five young-adult siblings lead contrasting lives and whose fierce loyalties are often pushed to the limit." "Capturing the compelling, poignant reality of familial relationships, the series stars Tate Donovan, Charlotte Ross, Justin Louis, Sam Trammell, Bonnie Root, Kim Raver, John Spencer and Jill Clayburgh." "Bobby (Justin Louis, Public Morals) an intense, ambitious police detective who works the streets of Hell's Kitchen, believes that his brother Liam (Tony Award nominee Sam Trammell, Ah Wilderness), an emerging union leader, works for a boss tied to organized crime. Also, to Bobby's dismay, his wife Clarissa (Kim Raver, Central Park West) maintains a suspiciously close relationship with Liam. Kevin McCallister (Tate Donovan, Warner Bros.' Friends and Hercules), a young parish priest, and the rest of the family concern themselves with the wild, self-destructive behavior of the youngest of the clan, Amanda (Bonnie Root, Home Invasion). Successful stockbroker and older sister Fiona's (Charlotte Ross, Days of Our Lives) long-term affair with her married boss wreaks havoc on her self-esteem. A sixth sibling [Mikey] died under mysterious circumstances years ago." "The tightly knit clan gathers weekly at the home of their parents, Eileen and Simon McCallister, for Sunday dinner -- putting aside conflicts and focusing on the unwavering love that's at the core of this family." (Warner Bros. press release) After four years of giving them huge audiences from that hospital show he helped bring to the small screen, NBC wanted John Wells to give them another rambling ensemble drama along the same lines -- and the same ratings. Wells latched on to a script from indie filmmaker Matthew McNair Carnahan, and chose this as his next project, claiming at the time that it was as different from ER as night and day. Wells also acknowledged that sudsy family dramas like Trinity have hardly ever been instant hits in the past -- as ER was and as NBC wanted -- and that, as a slow-building show, it needed a patient network who would give it time to develop an audience. Seems he momentarily forgot what network he sold it to. Trinity redefined slow-building (actually, it redefined reverse-building), and was yanked off the schedule at the beginning of November sweeps, three weeks after its belated premiere, two weeks after NBC's programming division underwent management changes. NBC stated they would make an announcement on its future by Christmas, but the coffin was sealed pretty much shut when reruns of Law & Order (incidentally, a slow-building show they somehow did manage to let grow) pulled bigger numbers. NBC never did make that announcement, and Warner Bros. stopped production four episodes early. The following season, John Wells took John Spencer, Kim Raver, Skipp Sudduth, Bobby Cannavale and a lot of the production crew with him -- and proved he wasn't a one-hit wonder. Right around the time Trinity dropped off the face of prime time, the programming chief who developed it, Warren Littlefield, was sent on his merry way. In January, 1999, a Littlefield-free NBC saw Trinity's Friday vacancy filled with a sudsy family drama called Providence. Which gave...well, you all know what came of that. Trinity is produced by John Wells Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television Broadcast History ----------------- Oct 1998-Nov 1998, Fri 9:00-10:00 First telecast: October 16, 1998 Last telecast (National): November 6, 1998 Last telecast (West Coast): February 28, 1999 Show type: Drama Number of episodes: 9 Media: 35mm filmmoreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 9

    The Patron Saint of Impossible Causes


  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

    Aired 11/8/09

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Breaking In, Breaking Out, Breaking Up, Breaking Down


  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired 11/1/09

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Having Trouble with the Language


  • Cast & Crew
  • Tate Donovan

    Kevin McCallister

  • Louis Ferreira

    Detective Bobby McCallister

  • Jill Clayburgh

    Eileen McCallister

  • John Spencer

    Simon McCallister

  • Charlotte Ross

    Fiona McCallister

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (26)

    • The series was originally slated to debut at 8:00 ET/PT. Because of the subject matter in the first few episodes, NBC flipped it and Dateline over the summer.

    • Anne Meara and Philip Bosco were the original Eileen and Simon. They were fired by NBC, who considered them geriatric. (Yeah, parents of 30-year-olds generally are.) Ironically, Meara was being replaced by Jill Clayburgh on a new fall series at the same exact time her husband, Jerry Stiller, was being brought in as the replacement for Jack Carter on another new fall series (The King of Queens).

    • Matthew Carnahan is credited as Matthew McNair Carnahan.

    • The actor who plays Dougie Mack is uncredited.

    • Music: "Drive" by Bic Runga

    • Music: "Money (Dollar Bill)" by Everlast featuring Sadat X; "Watch the Fat Man Swing" by Skeleton Key; "74 Willow" by Ednaswap; "Polyester Bride" by Liz Phair; "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Frank Sinatra); "We Got the Beat" (The Go-Gos); "We've Only Just Begun" (The Carpenters).

    • New opening credits and main title theme -- the latter of which was used over the closing credits of the pilot. Martin Davich, the composer, won an Emmy for it.

    • The actor who plays Andy Stearn is uncredited.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • I wish NBC gave this show a chance to grow.

    By Dawnsdinosaurs, Jul 04, 2005