Trinity

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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
John Spencer

John Spencer

Simon McCallister

Jill Clayburgh

Jill Clayburgh

Eileen McCallister

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Liam McCallister

Bonnie Root

Bonnie Root

Amanda McCallister

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Kevin McCallister

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Detective Bobby McCallister

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  • I wish NBC gave this show a chance to grow.

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    I liked this show from the first time I saw it. It had an exceptional cast and I found it entertaining. I'm not sure if some of the problem was the stereotyping, an Irish American family with 6 children, (one died as a teenager) We had a police officer, a priest, one working for a shady labor union leader, one a Wall Street wizard and one not sure what she's doing. I personally loved the interaction of the family, and really wanted to find out more about them. I still watch the tapes from this show sometimes. I don't pretend to know why only 4 episodes aired in my area in it's time slot, 2 more aired on a Sunday afternoon. I think if given more time and more promotion this show could have been a hit. After it's cancellation 2 of the stars went on to star in Third Watch and another was given a comedy show which didn't fair to well.moreless

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