Bare Essence

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NBC (ended 1983)

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Bare Essence

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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
Susan French

Susan French

Margaret Marshall

Ian McShane

Ian McShane

Niko Theophilus

Wendy Fulton

Wendy Fulton

Muffin Marshall

John Dehner

John Dehner

Hadden Marshall

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Marcus Marshall

Genie Francis

Genie Francis

Patricia "Tyger" Hayes Marshall

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  • 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.moreless

    9.9
    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.This show is very nice to see and i had given the goo rating for this show.I love this very much!!!!
  • another unsuccessful primetime soap

    6.0
    The tv series Bare Essence picked up where the successful tv miniseries of the previous year left off. The miniseries starred Genie Francis, Linda Evans and Donna Mills among others, but Evans and Mills were a little busy at the time doing HIT primetime soaps. Genie Francis' character was the prime focus of this show with Jennifer O'Neill stepping in for Linda Evans. I watched every episode of this short-lived series, but I can't remember any of the storylines except for Genie's secretary quitting in the final episode. That says a lot about how forgettable this show was.moreless

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