Have bought myself the first DVD set of the Australian soap The Sullivans, 50 episodes I believe, have not seen it before so thought it would be worth a go. Has anyone else watched this all the way? any highlights to look out for?
any highlights to look out for?
I've never seen it beyond a clip on YouTube but I read about it in an Australian soap book that I have. It sounds like a classic "doomed from the start" production as they struggled to define what the series was about (including refusing to call it a "soap" and struggling to explain the name to the press), had technical issues with production and then rushed it to air earlier than planned which necessitated reshoots. When it finally went to air, the premiere bombed against Brideshead Revisited and Prisoner (another Grundy production) and after a few weeks, it lost it's primetime slot to Love Boat reruns and was shoved off to Friday nights to see out it's days. Because they were able to provide closure at the end of the series, it was sold overseas as a miniseries and apparently was a huge hit in Turkey and got decent reviews in the US.Does anybody remember Taurus Rising? It was originally intended by Nine to be a replacement for The Sullivans, but then turned into a weekly soap. I know I watched it, but I can't recall any storylines.
Probably the same black hole that Pacific Drive and Something In The Air have been swallowed by. There's so many of the short-lived Aussie soaps of the 80's and 90's that don't have the same sort of online presence as their US counterparts, which I'm guessing is down to them not being aired beyond their initial run.Taurus Rising seems to be some kind of black hole. Just one clip on You Tube, no episode summary online. I remember collecting clippings from the show with episode summaries, so I must have liked it somehow. In German the show was called Who sows hate (Wer Hass sät) - don't know if this title is much better than the original one.
This is what frustrates me most when producers believe they need to create some shock/scandal/secret to entice people to watch but then the actors lips are sealed when conducting interviews to promote the upcoming series. The downside to this is when that shock/scandal/secret is revealed, viewers will shrug their shoulders and say, "That was it?" Then the premise of the series goes down the toilet because this is what the producers/writers have built the entire series on.Reading about it, it kind of reminds me of the situation with last year's soapy flop Between Two Worlds. Where the concept and opening plot was that convoluted that they couldn't give too much away when discussing it and as a result, didn't describe it very well in the promo interviews.
The Power The Passion was strangled at birth even with the theme, as in Sydney and Melbourne it faced The Bold and The Beautiful in the same 1pm timeslot.I've said it before but that intro music for The Power, The Passion is awful. Sounds like supermarket muzak from the 80's / 90's.
Taurus Rising and Possession were killed by awful timeslots.I had heard of Taurus Rising but had never seen it, wouldn't mind seeing some complete episodes, it had a decent enough cast with the likes of Diane Craig, Maurie Fields, Betty Lucas, Olivia Hamnett, Michael Long, the clip from youtube (mentioned above) can be found here
I also found these clips of interest:
SOMETHING IN THE AIR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
GP (Full episode)
THE POWER, THE PASSION