Harold Robbins' The Survivors

"The Survivors" was a prime time soap opera aired by the ABC television network as part of its Fall 1969 lineup.

This program is probably most noted now for having been the only appearance as a regular series character of major Hollywood actress Lana Turner, and also starred other "big names" such as Jan-Michael Vincent, Ralph Bellamy, Diana Muldaur, George Hamilton, Clu Gulager, and Natalie Schafer. Despite their presence, and that above the title of bestselling author Harold Robbins, since the characters were from his novel of the same name, the program was a ratings fiasco, losing badly to "Mayberry R.F.D." and "The Doris Day Show" on CBS and "Monday Night at the Movies" on NBC. A program as expensive to produce as this one was must garner large ratings in order to be successful, so it was cancelled at midseason, although it was rerun the following summer in an attempt to recoup at least some of the investment.

References

Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows"


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