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2nd Jun '16 6:10:53 AM LondonKdS
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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off dramas included in Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and Creator/{{ITV}}'s ''ITV Playhouse'' anthology strands respectively.

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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off dramas included in Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and Creator/{{ITV}}'s ''ITV Playhouse'' anthology strands respectively.
29th Sep '15 11:55:37 AM faunas
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It wasn't always like this. In the 1970s, television networks began producing 90- to 120-minute TV movies as a new form of serialized television, and despite the low budgets and quick shooting schedules, managed to attract a lot of name talent whose schedules otherwise prevented them from committing to a television series. Many of them got big ratings; it was often that you could see a TV movie pull in one-third and even half of the television-watching public. However, increasing budgets and the rise of cable television led to a decline of quality to the point where the glory days were forgotten in favor of being SnarkBait among viewers for their low budgets, StrictlyFormula plots, and bad acting. Nowadays, the Big Four prefer to be more conservative with budgets while TV movies are strictly done for cable, where many networks have more money to spend due to being light on in-house production. Also helping is that with many cable networks and websites getting into the series business, actors who in the past had to be content with taking a TV movie role in between jobs can happily reject them for a much more lucrative and satisfying role in a show guaranteed to make 10 episodes at the least rather than being reduced to paint-by-numbers DamselInDistress fare; those that want to stick with TV movie-like roles can instead take work in much shorter true crime reenactment shows airing on Lifetime, Investigation Discovery, A&E and the network newsmagazines.
7th Sep '15 2:54:48 PM LondonKdS
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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off dramas included in Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}}'''s ''Playhouse'' anthology strands respectively.

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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off dramas included in Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}}'''s ''Playhouse'' Creator/{{ITV}}'s ''ITV Playhouse'' anthology strands respectively.
7th Sep '15 2:53:42 PM LondonKdS
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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off for Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}} Playhouse'' respectively.

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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off for dramas included in Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}} Playhouse'' ''{{ITV}}'''s ''Playhouse'' anthology strands respectively.
26th Aug '15 2:18:33 AM LondonKdS
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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up generating SpinOffs; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off for Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}} Playhouse'' respectively.

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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up generating SpinOffs; spawning an [[RecycledTheSeries ongoing TV series]]; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off for Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}} Playhouse'' respectively.
4th Jan '15 5:44:48 AM TheUnsquished
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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up generating SpinOffs; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off for TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}} Playhouse'' respectively.

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In the United Kingdom, this is not called a "TV movie", but rather a "one-off drama", and is generally seen as being more serious and artistic than a series rather than the reverse, not unlike how {{OVA}}s are viewed relative to anime made for broadcast television. Until the late 80s/early 90s they were called "plays" and were often videotaped on multi-camera, which gave them a more theatrical look; occasionally they were even direct adaptations of works written for the stage. Sometimes they'd even end up generating SpinOffs; ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' and ''Series/TheBill'' can trace their origins back to a one-off for TheBBC's Creator/TheBBC's ''Play For Today'' and ''{{ITV}} Playhouse'' respectively.
30th Dec '14 12:05:32 PM nombretomado
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The plots of made-for-TV movies are often RippedFromTheHeadlines. For example, the Amy Fisher affair of the early [[TheNineties '90s]] spawned at least ''three'' made for TV movies. They are often full of {{Glurge}} and/or melodrama, and are often marked for their low quality (a stereotype that is exemplified by SciFiChannel Original Movies, which are often watched solely for the NarmCharm). The exception to this rule seems to be {{HBO}}, whose own telefilms are usually quite well-made and have even won awards, thus "making up" for the lack of [[ActBreak act breaks]]. Most made-for-TV movies are targeted at female audiences (e.g.: ''Series/HallmarkHallOfFame'' films; ''Mother May I Sleep With Danger?'', or any other ''LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek''), while the aforementioned SciFiChannel and other movies are targeted at men.

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The plots of made-for-TV movies are often RippedFromTheHeadlines. For example, the Amy Fisher affair of the early [[TheNineties '90s]] spawned at least ''three'' made for TV movies. They are often full of {{Glurge}} and/or melodrama, and are often marked for their low quality (a stereotype that is exemplified by SciFiChannel Original Movies, which are often watched solely for the NarmCharm). The exception to this rule seems to be {{HBO}}, {{Creator/HBO}}, whose own telefilms are usually quite well-made and have even won awards, thus "making up" for the lack of [[ActBreak act breaks]]. Most made-for-TV movies are targeted at female audiences (e.g.: ''Series/HallmarkHallOfFame'' films; ''Mother May I Sleep With Danger?'', or any other ''LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek''), while the aforementioned SciFiChannel and other movies are targeted at men.
21st Sep '14 1:05:20 PM LondonKdS
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A number of TV movies have been released theatrically overseas after airing in the United States,. This was especially common in the 1970s to ensure that the studios made quicker profits on these movies. One such example is ''Film/{{Duel}},'' a 1971 suspense thriller starring Dennis Weaver directed by an up-and-coming young filmmaker named Creator/StevenSpielberg.

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A number of TV movies have been released theatrically overseas after airing in the United States,. This was especially common in the 1970s to ensure that the studios made quicker profits on these movies. One such example is ''Film/{{Duel}},'' a 1971 suspense thriller starring Dennis Weaver directed by an up-and-coming young filmmaker named Creator/StevenSpielberg.
Creator/StevenSpielberg. A peculiar recent example is the Liberace {{Biopic}} ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'', which was reportedly rejected by US film studios for its gay subject matter, was made as a TV movie by HBO, and then did get a cinematic release in many overseas markets.
6th May '14 2:52:35 PM StFan
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Several science fiction series (particularly those with a more narrow fanbase, in which case the economic return for such a movie will be lower) have released these, as well. ''Series/ThePretender'' used a couple of them to tie up the loose ends of its MythArc, as did ''StargateSG1''. Despite the lower budget, they can still be worth watching; ''Film/StargateContinuum'' was particularly good, as were ''StarTrekVoyager'''s telemovies in its later years.

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Several science fiction series (particularly those with a more narrow fanbase, in which case the economic return for such a movie will be lower) have released these, as well. ''Series/ThePretender'' used a couple of them to tie up the loose ends of its MythArc, as did ''StargateSG1''. ''Series/StargateSG1''. Despite the lower budget, they can still be worth watching; ''Film/StargateContinuum'' was particularly good, as were ''StarTrekVoyager'''s ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s telemovies in its later years.
19th Apr '14 8:56:22 PM FordPrefect
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Several science fiction series (particularly those with a more narrow fanbase, in which case the economic return for such a movie will be lower) have released these, as well. ''Series/ThePretender'' used a couple of them to tie up the loose ends of its MythArc, as did ''StargateSG1''. Despite the lower budget, they can still be worth watching; ''Film/StargateContinuum'' was particularly good, as were ''StarTrekVoyager'''s telemovies in its' later years.

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Several science fiction series (particularly those with a more narrow fanbase, in which case the economic return for such a movie will be lower) have released these, as well. ''Series/ThePretender'' used a couple of them to tie up the loose ends of its MythArc, as did ''StargateSG1''. Despite the lower budget, they can still be worth watching; ''Film/StargateContinuum'' was particularly good, as were ''StarTrekVoyager'''s telemovies in its' its later years.
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