North and South

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Kirstie Alley: I Had an Affair with Patrick Swayze

Kirstie Alley isn't one for being shy, but recently revealed something she's been keeping quiet: an affair with Patrick Swayze.

In an interview with Barbara Walters that aired on ABC Wednesday morning, Alley spoke about her new memoir, The Art of Men, which details her past relationships. In the book she says she fell in love with the late Swayze while filming the 1985 movie North and South. Alley, 61, said Swayze wanted her to divorce her than husband Parker Stevenson.

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Season 1, Episode 6
Sixth episode of Book One, featuring two West Point military academy cadets that form a bond of friendship strong enough to survive the forces leading to the United States' Civil War.

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Season 1, Episode 5
Fifth episode of Book One, featuring two West Point military academy cadets that form a bond of friendship strong enough to survive the forces leading to the United States' Civil War.

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Season 1, Episode 4
Fourth episode of Book One, featuring two West Point military academy cadets that form a bond of friendship strong enough to survive the forces leading to the United States' Civil War.

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Subscription | Netflix Aired: 11/6/1985

Season 1, Episode 3
Margaret takes her concern for the workers straight to mill owner John Thornton. As they grow closer, she persuades John to make some changes.

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Kirstie Alley: I Had an Affair with Patrick Swayze

Kirstie Alley isn't one for being shy, but recently revealed something she's been keeping quiet: an affair with Patrick Swayze.

In an interview with Barbara Walters that aired on ABC Wednesday morning, Alley spoke about her new memoir, The Art of Men, which details her past relationships. In the book she says she fell in love with the late Swayze while filming the 1985 movie North and South. Alley, 61, said Swayze wanted her to divorce her than husband Parker Stevenson.

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Roots Producer David Wolper Dies at 82

David Wolper, producer of the celebrated miniseries Roots, has died of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson's disease, according to The Associated Press. He was 82.

Wolper is perhaps best known for his work on the 1977 ABC miniseries that followed... read more

Roush Review: Pillars Revives the Old-Fashioned Epic

They really don't make them like this anymore. And we're not talking about 12th-century Gothic cathedrals. The Pillars of the Earth, a sprawling historical melodrama based on Ken Follett's mammoth bestseller, conjures nostalgic memories of the days of yore, way back in the 20th century, when networks devoted entire weeks to "event" miniseries like Shogun, The Winds of War, The Thorn Birds, Lonesome Dove, to name a memorable few—although in this case, North and South is the best comparison... read more

When I was posted overseas, I ...

Question: When I was posted overseas, I found myself an avid watcher of a Brazilian telenovela called Terra Nostra. Luckily, I know some Spanish and was able to get the gist of the dialogue using Spanish and English cognates. It was a great story and made me realize that I'd like to see a series that had a beginning and an end. My question: Don't you think the telenovela format would be a welcome change from TV shows that you start to get invested in, such as Threshold or Love Monkey, just as they're prematurely canceled? Or do you think it would be more like a longer miniseries, such as Roots or North and South? Of course, Centennial doesn't count because they switched that around so much I lost track of when it was on. Maybe it was too long? Answer: If the networks' experiments with the telenovela format means a sideways return to the old-style miniseries, I'm all for it. (Actually, I've been saying for a long time that many of HBO's acclaimed dramas, most notably The Wire and Rome, ... read more

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Premiered: November 03, 1985, on ABC
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Premise: A sprawling miniseries about unrest on each side of the Mason-Dixon line from 1842 to '61, adapted from John Jakes' bestselling novel. Most of the screen time went to pre-`Dirty Dancing' hunk Patrick Swayze and James Read as best friends from different parts of the country in the years leading up to the Civil War. The subsequent `North and South: Book II' in 1986 was equally successful, while the final installment of the series, 1994's `Heaven and Hell,' was a disappointment.

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