Bracken's World

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    • Fallen, Fallen is Babylon
      Fallen, Fallen is Babylon
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      A farm boy comes to Hollywood with an obsession that he must save actress Rachel Holt from Satan. He stalks her, then kidnaps her, hiding her in an abandoned loft of a studio set. Kevin and David initially believe that Rachel's failure to appear is a publicity stunt, but when they realize her car never left the studio lot, they become concerned. The police are summoned and they search the lot until Rachel finally manages to escape. Guest Starring: Richard Thomas Margo Sappington as herself Dabbs Greer Cameo apppearances by Joyce Haber and James Coburn Written by Jerry Ziegman Directed by Allen Reisnermoreless
    • Money Men
      Money Men
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Bracken's assistant, Sylvia Caldwell has decided to leave Century Studios to marry New York banker, Jeffery Harris. Her decision comes at at bad time: A group of investors is trying to buy Century studio stock to unseat Bracken as studio head; Kevin's production, "The Battle of the 105th Meridian" is over budget and behind schedule. Her replacement, Harriet Moran seems pleasant at first, but it becomes evident that Harriet is aligned with those who would unseat Bracken. For a time, Sylvia suspects Jeffery of being party to the attempt to overthrow Bracken, but she ultimately realizes that Harriet is the culprit. Harriet is banished from the lot, David Evans is promoted to the position of Bracken's assistant, and Ann Frasier becomes David's secretary, as Sylvia leaves Century for a life in New York with Jeffery. Guest Starring: Carl Betz as Jeffery Harris Jan Sterling as Harriett Moran Liam Sullivan Written by: Sonya Roberts Directed by: Charles S. Dubinmoreless
    • A Preview in Samarkand
      A Preview in Samarkand
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Recently widowed, Kevin is looking for female companionship and finds it in the form of film editor, Alex Hunter. She is more than willing to embark on a relationship with him, because she sees it as an opportunity to advance her career. He helps her move from the editorial department to the film editing, where she wants to be. When she has to opportunity to flirt with studio head, John Bracken, she wastes no time in going after him as well as an editing position on Bracken's epic, "Kingdom of Fools". After giving her the job, Bracken realizes that Kevin is more serious about Alex than Alex is about Kevin, so he lets Kevin know that he has romanced Alex as well. Kevin breaks it off with Alex and is grateful to Bracken for telling him the truth. Note: Written by Robert Presnell Directed by Herschel Daugherty Guest Star: Suzanne Charny as Alex Hunter William Schallert as Patmoreless
    • Together Again, For The Last Time
      Together Again, For The Last Time
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Janice Rule as an actress devasted by the loss of her husband - and acting partner (TV Guide)
    • Jenny, Who Bombs Buildings
      Jenny, Who Bombs Buildings
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      A young activist is the central figure of a Century Pictures documentary, only things turn tragic when a planned bombing goes awry killing the film's star.
    • Murder, Off Camera
      Murder, Off Camera
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Marjorie Grant is at home, preparing a romantic dinner for her husband, Kevin. He is still at the studio, running late as usual. He is detained by Diane Waring, who invites him into her dressing room for a drink. They wind up kissing, but Diane pulls away and sends him home to his wife. When Kevin arrives home, he finds Marjorie in the living room, dead from a blow to her head. His 9 year old son, Mark, is missing. The police investigation centers on a hippie couple who are found with the young boy. Kevin permits the couple to spend time at his home, hoping he will learn something that will prove them to be the killers. Ultimately it is determined that the hippies are not the killers; the culprit is the nephew of the housekeeper, who was trying to burglarize the home. Guest Starring: Stuart Whitman as Lt. Jackson Ellen Corby as Mrs. Hopkins Lou Antontio as Hal Ingersol Lane Bradbury Antonio as Miriam Halseymoreless
    • Love it or Leave it, Change it or Lose it
      Kevin is directing "The Proud Land", a western that features a clash in values between an older rancher and a young lawyer. Cast in the roles are Jim Grange, a venerable western star, and Justin Willemann, one of the new breed of Hollywood actors. Just as their characters clash on-screen, Grange and Willemann clash personally: One of their heated topics is their differing opinions of the VietNam war. Their disagreement finally erupts in a fist fight, and threatens the future of the film. Bracken and Kevin both work to mend the rift, but it takes a visit to a veteran's hospital to cause the two actors to realize that their feud is inappropriate. Guest Starring: Forrest Tucker as Jim Grange Tony Bill as Justin Willemann Burr DeBenning as veteranmoreless
    • The Mary Tree
      The Mary Tree
      Season 2 - Episode 6
    • Hey Gringo, Hey Pocho
      Hey Gringo, Hey Pocho
      Season 2 - Episode 7
    • A Team of One Legged Acrobats
      A Team of One Legged Acrobats
      Season 2 - Episode 8
    • The Country Boy
      The Country Boy
      Season 2 - Episode 14
    • Will Freddy's Real Father Please Stand Up?
    • A Score Without Strings
      A Score Without Strings
      Season 2 - Episode 12
    • The Nude Scene
      The Nude Scene
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Century Studio is producing "A Time for Love", a drama about a disintegrating marriage. Bracken and Kevin agree on the casting: Eva Sanders in the female lead; Paul Sims as the male. Neither have performed a nude scene, which is part of the plot. Eva agonizes over the effect the scene will have on her marriage and children; Sims is concerned about his physical appearance on-screen as a middle aged man. When the time comes to perform the scene, Paul is ready but Eva is reluctant. At first she pleads with Kevin to change the scene, but eventually decides to play the scene as written. The story features the whole studio discussing the relative merits of nudity on-screen, but all agree in the end that the story justifies the nudity. Note: Written by _______________ Directed by Charles S. Dubin Guest Stars: Lois Nettleton as Eva Sanders Steve Inhat as Larry Sims Craig Stevens as Dr. Tom O'Connellmoreless
    • Infinity
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Max Lassiter is a famed cinematographer, working on Kevin's latest film. The studio is impressed with his work, and the film is progressing well. Diane Waring falls in love with him, and begins to spend time with him and his three daughters. Bracken realizes that there is some problem since Lassiter seems to be duplicating video effects from prior films. Lassiter's assistant, Jimmy admits to Bracken that he has been using lighting effect from memory, since Lassiter has an incurable eye disease which will eventually cause Lassiter to go blind. When confronted with the truth, Lassiter elects to leave the studio and Diane to seek medical attention in Europe. Note: Written by Cliff Gould Directed by Robert Day Guest Stars: Darren McGavin as Max Lassiter Ned Glass as Jimmymoreless
    • Anonymous Star
      Anonymous Star
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Stage and screen actress Maggie Morgan agrees to work on a tv series "Crisis Clinic." She torments the cast and crew with her temperamental outbursts, so Bracken recruits Kevin to get the series back on track. Things go relatively well until a cast party when Kevin offers Maggie a glass of vodka. Unwilling to admit that she is an alcoholic, Maggie accepts the drink, then fails to show up the next morning on the set because she has fallen off the wagon. The basis for her alcoholism seems to be the loss of the custody of her young son in a recent divorce. The only person who can reach Maggie is Jyl Symington, a former actress and Alcoholic Anonymous pal. Kevin and John recruit Jyl to sober Maggie up; Jyl threatens Maggie that she too will return to alcohol if Maggie doesn't sober up. Maggie is touched by Jyl's sincerity and returns to the set, sober and ready to work. The series is an ultimate success and Maggie is once again a sought after actress. Note: Guest Stars: Janet Leigh as Maggie Morgan; Ida Lupino as Jyl Symington; Written by Gerry Day and Bethel Leslie Directed by Paul Henreidmoreless
    • Miss Isabel Blue
      Miss Isabel Blue
      Season 2 - Episode 15
    • A Perfect Piece of Casting
      A Perfect Piece of Casting
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Century Studios is producing a based-on fact movie about three unsolved murders in which waitresses were strangled. The three young actresses at the talent school, Rachel, Paulette and Diane are cast as the waitresses. Kevin is looking for the perfect piece of casting as the strangler. David Evans sees the police composite drawing of the strangler and suggests an actor who resembles the drawing, Ray Wiley. After being cast as the strangler, Ray has a difficult time settling in to the part, but eventually becomes so immersed in the character that he almost strangles Diane Waring while rehearsing a scene from the movie. His castmate, Tom Hutson, becomes concerned that Ray is living out the part, so he dispatches Kevin to Diane's house to check on her. The real strangler is there menacing Diane. The police burst in just in time to save Diane. Kevin decides that Ray is still the best actor for the part and allows him to continue. Written by Bess Boyle Directed by Paul Henreid Guest Stars: Monte Markham as Ray Wiley Broderick Crawford as Inspector Harlowmoreless
    • The Stunt
      The Stunt
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      An actor, who's fans think he does his own stunts, must face up to his son who is about to find out the truth.
    • All The Beautiful Young Girls
      All The Beautiful Young Girls
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      A noted actor returns from the New York stage to star in Kevin Grant's latest production. He is an old lover of New Talent School head, Laura Dean, and they renew their romance. The actor has a penchant for beautiful young girls, and he soon becomes involved with starlet, Rachel Holt. When Laura learns of the affair, she must decide if she can share him with other women. Guest starring: Arthur Hill; Luke Halpin Written by: Leonard Kantor Directed by: Paul Henreidmoreless
    • A Package Deal
      A Package Deal
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Kevin is directing "The Winners" featuring Stuart Saxon in a part written especially for him. Saxon uses the film as an opportunity to give his daughter a part. Inexperienced as an actress, Hillary Saxon is more interested in pursuing Kevin than in performing in the film. The members of the New Talent school are dismayed that an inexperienced actress was given a major part, so they set about to upstage her at a press gala. Hillary is embarrased, but undaunted: she intends to appear in the film. Having exhausted his patience, Kevin confronts Hillary and Stuart in an effort to get Hillary to pay her dues in the movie industry. Hillary and Stuart ultimately agree, and Bracken agrees to release her from the contract if she agrees to return once she has perfected her acting skills Guest Stars: Tim O'Connor as Stuart Saxon; Shelly Fabares as Hillary Saxon Written by: Stephen Kandel Directed by: John Ermanmoreless
    • It's the Power Structure, Baby
      It's the Power Structure, Baby
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Actress Rachel Holt falls for a young film maker--but this is 1969; she's white/he's black. The studio is not pleased with the relationship and tries to discourage it. Kevin discourages it because he thinks his film-maker protege is too serious a young man, while Rachel is interested only in herself. The episode deals with the subtle and not so subtle responses to race issues in the late 1960s, and ends with the couple parting, not because of studio or social pressure, but because they are not right for each other. The episode also has a subplot involving Kevin and Marjorie's failing marriage, and its effect on their young son, Mark. Guest Starring: Booker Bradshaw Cameo Appearance: Debbie Reynolds Written by: Cliff Gould Directed by: Lee Phillipsmoreless
    • The Sweet Smell Of Failure
      The Sweet Smell Of Failure
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      A revered film director who has recently experienced emotional problems is given an easy job, in hopes of helping restart his career.
    • Closed Set
      Closed Set
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      A noted director comes to Century Studios to direct a film about a concentration camp. During production, he runs the set like a military camp, angering crew and cast alike. The production is austere, and the actors and actresses are without makeup and style. During the production, live ammuntion is used in a gun that is fired during a scene. The director is killed and the rest of the episode revolves around the characters who wished the director dead. Guest Starrin: John Van Dreelen; Phillip Pine; Yvonne Wilder Written by: Bess Boyle Directed by Herschel Daughertymoreless
    • Panic
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Two actresses compete for the same part in an upcoming film while an actress injures a boy while riding a horse and tries to cover it up.
    • King David
      King David
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      An aging actress, on a neighboring set for a shoot, invades an event to honor the studio's creator, whom she blames for the failure of her waning career.
    • Don't You Cry For Susannah
      Don't You Cry For Susannah
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      A young hippie woman wants the lead part in a new film, a part that is eerily just like the actress herself. When she doesn't get it, Diane grows concerned for her new assistant because the script's character commits suicide in the end.
    • Options
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      A young actress has her option dropped in a cost cutting move by the studio and she considers what her own options are to try and keep her job.
    • Move In For A Close-Up
      Move In For A Close-Up
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Marjorie Grant tries to save her failing marriage to Kevin by obtaining a job as an assistant script supervisor at Century Studios. Kevin is annoyed, feeling that Marjorie's place is at home with their young son, Mark. The other staff are concerned that Marjorie will serve as a spy for the other non-working wives. She takes the job seriously, but fouls up nonetheless. She comments aloud on the scenes, forgets to replace important props and resents Kevin's relationships with the other actresses. When Bracken learns of her employment, he dispatches Sylvia to fire her. Tempted to drink on her way home, Marjorie decides to buy a bottle of wine and keep her husband's attention with a black negligee and a candlelit dinner. The romancing seems to do the trick, for Kevin actually leaves the studio early to take his wife on a three day weekend up the California coast. Guest Starring Peter Donat as Frank Written by Oliver Hailey Directed by Allen Reisnermoreless
    • Stop Date
      Stop Date
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      Kevin Grant is directing the film "Midstream", but he is plauged with budget problems and an uncooperative star, Gil Ryder. The episode centers on the last day of production (the stop date) where Kevin must finish Gil's scenes or face penalty payments. Everything that can go wrong does, from technical problems with the film to what may have been a suicide attempt by Kevin's wife. Sylvia does all she can to help Kevin, but she has a hectic day as well including an intruder with a gun, looking for a part. As 5:00 p.m. approaches, Kevin is forced to use all of his creative energy to find a way to complete the scenes, yet make a credible film. Guest Starring: Richard Anderson; Dane Clark as Gil Ryder; David Macklin as the intruder Cameo by: Cliff Robertson Written by Norman Hudis Directed by Robert Daymoreless
    • Papa Never Spanked Me
      Papa Never Spanked Me
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      Comedian Joey Jason is cast in a serious role in Kevin's latest film. Joey's immediate problem is that he cannot seem to adapt to the role of an unlikeable character. To make himself more comfortable, he convinces Kevin to hire his father, Mort Jason, as a walkon and he tries to romance Laura Dean. Kevin becomes impatient, and finally implores Mort to "spank" Joey, since Joey is fond of saying that "papa never spanked me." Mort realizes that Joey is ruining the part with his good-guy routine, so he uses a comedy bit to make Joey face the reality of the situation. Joey is hurt and angry, but he comes to terms with the situation, and assures Kevin that he will give the role his best. Guest stars: Martin Sheen as Joey Jason Jack Albertson as Mort Jason Written by: Alan Spies Directed by: Charles S. Dubinmoreless
    • Meanwhile Back at the Studio
      Meanwhile Back at the Studio
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      Kevin is producing and directing "Indian Country", slated to be the definitive story of the Indians of the Southwest. Filming begins in Arizona, and, without studio permission, Kevin elects to use real Indians,as opposed to actors. To finish the film, he transports the band of Indians back to California to finish the film. Led by Arthur Thunderbird, the Indians revolt when the realize that the script differs from their historical understanding of the events. They kidnap Paulette Douglas and hold her hostage in hopes that the studio will change the script. An Indian ancestor is located, who finally convinces them that the Indians were the losers of the battle in question. Interspersed throught the episode is J.F. Nash, a film exhibitor who has come to California to visit the studio. He is smitten by Rachel Holt, and wants her cast as a blonde Indian, or at the very least, a dance hall girl. Guest Starring: Michael Baselon as Arthur Thunderbird Written by: Joseph Bonaduce Directed by: Gary Nelsonmoreless
    • Whatever Happened to Happy Endings?
      Kevin casts an unknown actress, Teresa Czandowski, in a biker epic, "Odyssey". Hollywood columnist, Veronica Steele, is angered when Teresa rejects Veronica's offer to make her a star, so Veronica sets out to destroy both Teresa and Kevin. Outspoken and direct, Teresa's candor proves great material for Veronica's column, which suggests that Teresa is sleeping her way to the top. The columns anger Kevin, whose marriage to Marjorie is already in trouble. A drunken Marjorie confronts Kevin at a party in front of a house full of guests as to his interest in Teresa. Teresa is mortified, but is even more upset when the next column suggests that even talent coach Laura Dean is attracted to her. Teresa reacts with a suicide attempt, leaving Kevin and Laura determined to sue Veronica for the slanderous columnns.moreless
    • Superstar
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      Frank Carver is a football player trying to break into film. He is slated to star in Kevin's production of "The Sooners", a western along the lines of a John Wayne epic. The only problem is that the football player can't act,and he can't seem to learn. Kevin desperately wants to replace him with the actor of his choice, Todd Skinner. Carver's agent, however, sees the acting role as an opportunity to negotiate for more money when Carver's contract is renewed with the ball club. When it becomes obvious how bad the film is going to be, Kevin quits the picture. Carver is interested in Rachel Holt, who finally convinces him that he should stick to what he knows how to do, which isn't acting. When the football star sees himself on film, he realizes that Rachel and Kevin are right, and he bows out of the picture. Guest Starring: Lee Majors as Frank Carver Andy Devine as Bill Hunnicutt Sam Elliott as Todd Skinner Written by: Charles A. McDaniel Directed by: Herschel Daughtertymoreless
    • A Beginning, A Middle and an End
      A Beginning, A Middle and an End
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      Writer Sampson Wilkes has come to Century Studios to oversee production on his latest screenplay. He is immediately attracted to Laura Dean, and an affair begins. He clashes with Kevin, who finds the plot of Sampson's screenplay to be unbelieveable: the male lead in the drama suddenly changes his outlook on life, which Kevin thinks is dramatically invalid. Kevin's involvement in the project is so intense, his wife Marjorie turns to contract player Tom Hutson for attention. When Kevin realizes that Marjorie has had an affair with Tom, he is stunned, but willing to try to repair the marriage. The mystery of the change in Sampson's character's perspective is ultimately explained by Sampson's first wife: Sampson is dying. Laura vows to make the most of their time together. When Sampson finally dies, Kevin understands the basis for the character's change, i.e., that the character realizes the value of life when he realizes that his is about to end. Guest Starring: Joseph Campanella as Sampson Wilkes Virginia Wing as Mrs. Wilkes Written by: Stephen Kandel Directed by: Charles S. Dubinmoreless
    • Diffusion
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      An aging film actress goes head to head with a young aspiring director for control of a movie.
    • The Chase Sequence
      The Chase Sequence
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Kevin is directing a film that involves a chase sequence down a mountain road. Davey Evans and another stuntman execute the stunt, but the other stuntman is suffering from a hangover. He loses control of the vehicle, plunges off the cliff and is killed. Everyone then must deal with the aftermath of the death: Davey does so by trying to care for the dead man's widow; Kevin attempts to keep the production together and finish the film, so it can be dedicated to the stuntman's memory. Guest Starring: Marlyn Mason; Clint Ritchie Written by: Charles A. McDaniel Directed by: James Neilsonmoreless
    • Focus on a Gun
      Focus on a Gun
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Actress Diane Waring is searching for the right part and the right man. She meets and falls for gangster, Nick Fontaine, who is trying to get a foothold in the film industry. Kevin, who has more than a passing interest in Diane, is angered when her new-found boyfriend uses his power to take actresses and scripts from Kevin's grasp. Diane decides, against the advice of the studio and family, to marry Nick and leave the studio. Nick promises he will leave his criminal ties behind so that they will have a life together. They pay a visit to Kevin, hoping he will work with them in producing a script that Kevin had been bidding for; Kevin declines, telling Nick that the crime family will never let go of their hold on him. Kevin's words prove true, for Nick is gunned down a few minutes later in Kevin's driveway. Guest Starring: Joe Don Baker as Nick Fontaine Dennis Patrick as Mr. Waring George Murdock Written by: Robert Lewin Directed by: Gerald Mayermoreless
    • One, Two, Three, Cry
      One, Two, Three, Cry
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      A young actress being overlooked at the studio decides to try taking acting workshops in hopes it will help her better express emotions on camera.
    • Day For Night
      Day For Night
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      An actress searches for her foster parents and finds them, only to have their renewed presence in her life a detriment to her career.
    • Fade In
      Fade In
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Sylvia's devotion to the studio is displayed, while Laura proves her devotion to her students; Kevin's unhappy marriage becomes evident along with his attraction to Diane Waring; and Grace Douglas' opposition to her daughter Paulette's relationship with stuntman, Davey Evans gets intense.
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