St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama television series that ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988; the series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels as teaching doctors at an aging, underrated Boston hospital who give interns a promising future in making critical medical and life decisions. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises, which had success with a similar NBC series, the police drama Hill Street Blues, during that same time; the series were compared to each other for their use of ensemble casts and overlapping serialized storylines. St. Elsewhere was filmed at CBS/MTM Studios, known as CBS/Fox Studios when the show began. Coincidentally, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the series when it bought MTM Enterprises in the 1990s. Recognized for its gritty, realistic drama, St. Elsewhere gained a small yet loyal following over its six-season, 137-episode run; the series earned critical acclaim during its run, earning 13 Emmy Awards for its writing and directing.
St. Elsewhere was ranked No. 20 on TV Guide's 2002 list of "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time", with the magazine selecting it as the best drama series of the 1980s in a 1993 issue. In 2013, TV Guide ranked the series No. 51 on its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time. St. Elsewhere was set at the fictional St. Eligius Hospital, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston's South End neighborhood; the hospital's nickname, "St. Elsewhere", is a slang term used in the medical field to refer to lesser-equipped hospitals that serve patients turned away by more prestigious institutions. In the pilot episode, surgeon Dr. Mark Craig informs his colleagues that the local Boston media had bestowed the derogatory nickname upon St. Eligius since they perceived the hospital as "a dumping ground, a place you wouldn't want to send your mother-in-law." In fact, the hospital was so poorly regarded that its shrine to Saint Eligius was defiled by the hospital's visitors and staff, is passingly referred to by Dr. Wayne Fiscus as "the patron saint of longshoremen and bowlers."
Just as in Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere employed a large ensemble cast. In the same way Hill Street was regarded as a groundbreaking police drama, St. Elsewhere broke new ground in medical dramas, creating a template that influenced ER, Chicago Hope, other shows in the genre. St. Elsewhere portrayed the medical profession as an less-than-perfect endeavor; the staff's problems, those of their patients, were contemporary in nature, with storylines involving breast cancer, AIDS, addiction. Though the series dealt with serious issues of life, the medical profession, the human effects of all three, a substantial number of comedic moments, inside jokes, references to TV history were included, as well as tender moments of humanity; the producers for the series were Bruce Paltrow, Mark Tinker, John Masius, Tom Fontana, John Falsey and Abby Singer. Tinker, Masius and Paltrow wrote a number of episodes as well; the show's main and end title theme was composed by composer Dave Grusin. Noted film and TV composer J.
A. C. Redford wrote the music for the series. No soundtrack was released, but the theme was released in two different versions: the original TV mix and edit appeared on TVT Records' compilation Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: 70s & 80s, Grusin recorded a full-length version for inclusion on his Night Lines album, released in 1983. Along with established actors Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels, St. Elsewhere's ensemble cast includes David Morse, Alfre Woodard, Bruce Greenwood, Christina Pickles, Kyle Secor, Ed Begley Jr. Stephen Furst, Howie Mandel, Mark Harmon, Denzel Washington and Helen Hunt. Notable guest stars include Tim Robbins, whose first major role was in the series' first three episodes, Doris Roberts and James Coco, who both earned Emmy Awards for their season-one appearance as a bag lady and her mentally challenged husband. St. Elsewhere ran for 137 episodes. St. Elsewhere was noteworthy for featuring episodes with unusual aspects or significant changes to the series' status quo.
Some of those episodes included: Original air date: November 9, 1983 Dr. Morrison learns of the death of his wife, Nina (with whom he had an argume
A Diva's Christmas Carol
A Diva's Christmas Carol is a 2000 VH1-original Christmas television film starring Vanessa L. Williams, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Brian McNamara and Kathy Griffin; the film is based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, featuring an ego-driven pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits. The film premiered on December 13, 2000. Ebony Scrooge is one of the world's most successful pop singers. However, with her cold-hearted soul and nasty attitude, she lacks a great deal of holiday cheer and makes her manager Bob along with her bandmates anything but happy. In addition, she neglected her niece Olivia. While in New York for a charity concert, Ebony is visited by the ghost of one of her former singing partners, Marli Jacob, who died in a car crash in 1990, she tells Ebony that she was unhappy with her for willingly abandoning her during her struggles with her drug addiction which led to the car accident that killed her. She mentions that God knows Ebony took advantage of Marli's death to plot her solo career, the fact that she is using the charity concert as an excuse to add to her own wealth.
Because of it, Marli is still earthbound and in chains, warns Ebony that she may face a similar fate. Marli tells her that she will be visited by three spirits: the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Yet To Come, who will turn Ebony's life around; the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Ebony her tragic past with her abusive, alcoholic father, how she became the cold person she is today because of it. The only person that made Ebony feel loved was her brother, he was trying to be positive for their family, which continued after the two were removed from their father's custody, split up, placed in foster care, it was revealed that though Ebony had been adopted into a nice family and managed to keep in touch with Ronnie, she had refused to visit her father, whom she has never forgiven for the abuse he put both her and Ronnie through. While Ronnie tried to give their father a second chance, he soon learned that she had been right about their father not having changed his ways, he began drinking again, Ronnie left home for good.
He had a Olivia before dying of a sudden brain aneurysm. During her years as Desire's lead singer, Ebony had a relationship with Bob, a DJ at the time, he was considering marrying her before she coldly broke up with him. Ebony had worked well with Desire until her coldness caused rifts, along with Marli's drug problems broke up the band. Before leaving her, the ghost takes Ebony to Terry Freeman, Desire's other singer and Ebony and Marli's once close friend, now a destitute Meals on Wheels client due to Ebony having abandoned her following Marli's death and crushing her financially in a lawsuit regarding the "Desire" name; the ghost confronts Ebony over her maltreatment of Terry over the years, saying she should never had abandoned her friend when she needed her. Ebony finds a wild party in her suite, with a heavy metal rocker at the center of the chaos, he is the Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows her she is overworking her crew. She comes to learn just how much her band hates her and that they insult her behind her back.
Ebony shows sympathy and concern for Bob's ailing son Tim realizing just how strained his relationship with his family is. The ghost shows Ebony that her accountant Ernie is spending his Christmas with his girlfriend; this angers Ebony because Ernie was supposed to be her trusted accountant, makes her realize why he's always insisted on her staying on a tight budget – the less she spends, the more he can steal from her. The Ghost takes Ebony to see the homeless people her concert is supposed to benefit, but whom she's never interacted with; the ghost shows her. Lastly, the Ghost takes her to the apartment of her estranged niece Olivia. Olivia tells her husband and friends. Ebony starts regretting how she treated Olivia in the past, appreciates that she is the only living blood relative she has left. At this point, she starts to see everything in a new light and feels terrible about the way that she mistreated Olivia and her band. Before leaving, the Ghost warns Ebony of the two main killers that could destroy her own life: Ignorance and Greed.
Ebony reluctantly allows Bob to rush home to be with his wife Kelly and sick son Tim. The last spirit is the one; the Ghost is depicted as a miniature television showing a tragic episode of Behind the Music, which depicts many artists such as Brian McKnight commenting on the life and death of Ebony Scrooge. Her former bandmates use the show to air out their grievances about who she is inside and ruining her public image in the process; the matter is made worse when one of her disgruntled former back up singers, theorizes that Ebony had planned to destroy Desire by letting Marli die from her drug problems and leaving Terry financially ruined, so the former could take advantage and make her own solo career more successful. While Bob defends Ebony from this by debunking Tina's theory, he reveals how much he couldn't forgive her for making him work on Christmas, which led
The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
Ned and Stacey
Ned and Stacey is an American sitcom created by Michael J. Weithorn, that aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company network from 1995 to 1997, starring Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing as the titular couple. Ned Dorsey and Stacey Colbert are brought together in a marriage of convenience — Ned needs to be married to get a promotion, while Stacey needs to move out of her parents' house, Ned has a good apartment. Ned and Stacey socialize with Stacey's sister and her husband, Eric. Other recurring characters include Ned's boss. Ned and Stacey's constant bickering evolves into something resembling a romance. However, the show was cancelled. An additional eleven episodes were never aired. Thomas Haden Church as Ned DorseyAn uptight advertising executive, he marries Stacey in order to get a promotion. Ned is portrayed as a self-absorbed egomaniac who uses anyone to get ahead. However, Ned starts developing compassion and empathy for his friends Stacey. Ned falls in love with Stacey, but the series was cancelled before this was further developed.
Debra Messing as Stacey Colbert DorseyA beautiful, red-haired journalist with a degree from Brandeis. She marries Ned to get out of her parents' house and live in his apartment, which has a nice view of Central Park, she begins the show as a freelance journalist, but lands a job writing for an airline magazine. Messy and neurotic, she plays as a counter-balance for Ned's more uptight nature. Stacey falls in love with Ned, but the series was cancelled before this was further developed. Greg Germann as Eric "Rico" MoyerStacey's brother-in-law, Amanda's husband, Ned's best friend, he is an accountant at Ned's advertising firm. Called Rico by Ned, he is nerdy in a good natured way, his straight down-the-middle persona is used to counter Ned's antics. Eric is a mellow person, always being used by Ned in his personal schemes, he doesn't mind it. He stands up for himself, Amanda steps in when things threaten to get out of hand. Nadia Dajani as Amanda Colbert MoyerStacey's sister, Eric's wife, she is critical of the fake marriage in general and Ned in particular.
During Season 1, Amanda was working as a high-end real estate agent. After a property investment with Ned goes wrong, she finds herself running a muffin store, "Amanda's Amuffins," during Season 2, she and Eric have one son, named Howard. As opposed to Stacey, Amanda is strong, well-organized, cynical, she loves Eric, pushes him around, but most she does this to make him stand up for himself or act on otherwise lost opportunities. Harry Goz as Saul Colbert, father of Stacey and Amanda Dori Brenner as Ellen Colbert, mother of Stacey and Amanda James Karen as Patrick Kirkland, Ned's boss John Getz as Les McDowell, Ned's colleague at the agency Natalia Nogulich as Bernadette McDowell, Les' alcoholic wife Marcia Cross as Diana Huntley, Ned's Girlfriend in the second season Ned: Why Stacey? Stacey: Why Ned? Ned: It was business. Stacey: Strictly business. Ned: Here's the deal – to get a promotion, I needed a wife. Stacey: To get a life, I needed his apartment. Ned: So what the hell, we up and got married.
Stacey: The only thing we have in common? We irritate each other. Ned: Right! Enjoy the show; this intro did not appear for the first episodes. The series has been aired in the United Kingdom on channel Sony TV, which began airing the show on April 7, 2011, the same day as the channel's launch. After its cancellation the show reran on the USA Network from 1999 to 2001; the show reran on WE: Women's Entertainment from 2003 to 2005. TV Guide Network began airing reruns of the show on September 12, 2011. Oxygen occasionally airs the show on Thursday at 6am EST. In Australia digital channel 7mate has been showing reruns of the series in 2011. In the United States, Rural TV began airing reruns on occasion; the show was last seen in 2015 on FamilyNet. In September 2005, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of Ned and Stacey on DVD in Region 1. Due to low sales, season two's DVD release was canceled. In 2014 Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series, released two compilation discs of the show.
On June 7, 2017, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series, they subsequently released Ned and Stacey – The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on September 26, 2017. Ned & Stacey on IMDb Ned & Stacey at TV.com
Americans are nationals and citizens of the United States of America. Although nationals and citizens make up the majority of Americans, some dual citizens and permanent residents may claim American nationality; the United States is home to people of many different ethnic origins. As a result, American culture and law does not equate nationality with race or ethnicity, but with citizenship and permanent allegiance. English-speakers, speakers of many other languages use the term "American" to mean people of the United States; the word "American" can refer to people from the Americas in general. The majority of Americans or their ancestors immigrated to America or are descended from people who were brought as slaves within the past five centuries, with the exception of the Native American population and people from Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands, who became American through expansion of the country in the 19th century, additionally America expanded into American Samoa, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands in the 20th century.
Despite its multi-ethnic composition, the culture of the United States held in common by most Americans can be referred to as mainstream American culture, a Western culture derived from the traditions of Northern and Western European colonists and immigrants. It includes influences of African-American culture. Westward expansion integrated the Creoles and Cajuns of Louisiana and the Hispanos of the Southwest and brought close contact with the culture of Mexico. Large-scale immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Southern and Eastern Europe introduced a variety of elements. Immigration from Asia and Latin America has had impact. A cultural melting pot, or pluralistic salad bowl, describes the way in which generations of Americans have celebrated and exchanged distinctive cultural characteristics. In addition to the United States and people of American descent can be found internationally; as many as seven million Americans are estimated to be living abroad, make up the American diaspora.
The United States of America is a diverse country and ethnically. Six races are recognized by the U. S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes: White, American Indian and Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, people of two or more races. "Some other race" is an option in the census and other surveys. The United States Census Bureau classifies Americans as "Hispanic or Latino" and "Not Hispanic or Latino", which identifies Hispanic and Latino Americans as a racially diverse ethnicity that comprises the largest minority group in the nation. People of European descent, or White Americans, constitute the majority of the 308 million people living in the United States, with 72.4% of the population in the 2010 United States Census. They are considered people who trace their ancestry to the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa. Of those reporting to be White American, 7,487,133 reported to be Multiracial. Additionally, there are Latinos.
Non-Hispanic Whites are the majority in 46 states. There are four minority-majority states: California, New Mexico, Hawaii. In addition, the District of Columbia has a non-white majority; the state with the highest percentage of non-Hispanic White Americans is Maine. The largest continental ancestral group of Americans are that of Europeans who have origins in any of the original peoples of Europe; this includes people via African, North American, Central American or South American and Oceanian nations that have a large European descended population. The Spanish were some of the first Europeans to establish a continuous presence in what is now the United States in 1565. Martín de Argüelles born 1566, San Agustín, La Florida a part of New Spain, was the first person of European descent born in what is now the United States. Twenty-one years Virginia Dare born 1587 Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina, was the first child born in the original Thirteen Colonies to English parents. In the 2017 American Community Survey, German Americans, Irish Americans, English Americans and Italian Americans were the four largest self-reported European ancestry groups in the United States forming 35.1% of the total population.
However, the English Americans and British Americans demography is considered a serious under-count as they tend to self-report and identify as "Americans" due to the length of time they have inhabited America. This is over-represented in the Upland South, a region, settled by the British. Overall, as the largest group, European Americans have the lowest poverty rate and the second highest educational attainment levels, median household income, median personal income of any racial demographic in the nation. According to the American Jewish Archives and the Arab American National Museum, some of the first Middle Easterners and North Africans arrived in the Americas between the late 15th and mid-16th centuries. Many were fleeing ethnic or ethnoreligious persecution during the Spanish Inquisition, a few were taken to the Americas as slaves. In 2014, The United States Census Bureau began finalizing the ethnic classification of MENA populations. According to the Arab American Institute, Arab
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series aired on Disney Channel from March 18, 2005, to September 1, 2008 with 4 million viewers, making it the most successful premiere for Disney Channel; the series was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and was nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award three times. The series is set in the Tipton Hotel in Boston and centers on Zack Martin and Cody Martin, troublesome twins who live at the Tipton Hotel; the series' other main characters include the Tipton hotel's ditzy heiress London Tipton, the hotel's candy counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick, the manager, Mr. Marion Moseby, the boys' single mother, the Hotel's lounge singer, Carey Martin; the series is the third Disney Channel Original to have more than 65 episodes, after That's So Raven and Kim Possible. Reruns aired on Disney XD until 2014. Reruns of the show aired on Disney Channel until April 14, 2017; the Suite Life spawned a sequel series starring the Sprouse twins in their respective roles as Zack and Cody, called The Suite Life on Deck, which aired on the Disney Channel from 2008 to 2011.
A TV movie based on both series, The Suite Life Movie, premiered on Disney Channel on March 25, 2011. The show centers upon Zack and Cody Martin, twin brothers who live in the Tipton Hotel in Boston, where their mother, Carey and performs in the hotel lounge. However, it centers upon the hotel owner's teenage daughter, London Tipton, wealthy and ditzy, the hotel's down-to-earth candy-counter girl, Maddie Fitzpatrick, Mr. Moseby, the strict and serious manager, the foil to Zack and Cody's schemes and has a liking to the piano, pocket hankies and ballet; the show is set at the Tipton Hotel, but has other settings such as Zack and Cody's school, Cheevers High, Maddie and London's private school, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow Catholic. Zack and Cody get in trouble and come up with witty ideas to get out of it. Cole Sprouse portrays Cody Martin, the calm and smarter twin, he is a "straight A" student, making him better, than his brother Zack, who gets "D's". In the first season of the show, it was revealed.
Janice and Jessica seem to like Cody more. Cody has an off-again girlfriend named Barbara. Cody is the more gentle twin compared to his brother and somehow always gets talked into going along with Zack's schemes. In The Fairest of Them All, he dressed as a girl to win money, he never drinks soda after 9:30. Dylan Sprouse portrays Zack Martin, the self-centered, immature twin, who dresses in skater and baggy-camo clothes. At school, he is a straight "D" student. In the first season of the show it was revealed that Zack is ten minutes older than Cody, as he was born at 6:30 and Cody at 6:40 which he uses against Cody telling him, since he's older, to do some sort of job that he doesn't want to do. Or in some cases, gives him "brotherly" advice because, "I'm the older twin." He has a big crush on Maddie. He has taken advantage of his teachers and has faked conditions like dyslexia. Brenda Song portrays London Tipton, the only daughter of Wilfred Tipton, the owner of the Tipton Hotel. London is a rich, dimwitted teenager with her own private suite at the Tipton Hotel in Boston, complete with a large wardrobe with several divisions and a kitchen.
London loves fashion. She does not have a nanny, or any other adult, to help her but relies on the Tipton Hotel Staff for any assistance or guidance. In the episode Forever Plaid, due to her poor attendance at her old school, she transferred to the same Catholic girls' school, "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow," that Maddie attends. In the episode First Day of High School, London transfers to Zack and Cody's public school, "Cheevers High," due to being expelled from all of the private schools she had attended, she dislikes her step-moms and talks to Mr. Moseby and Maddie about her problems; when happy she always claps her hands while saying her catchphrase, "Yay me!" She has her own web show called Yay Me! Starring London Tipton that exists both within the program and in the real world. London refuses to go to school and skipped detention twice. Though it seems like London may lead the ultimate rich-girl life, her childhood was not perfect. In the episode Arwinstein, she states she is allergic to lobster, although in one episode she asked Maddie for a lobster dinner.
However, it is possible that she developed an allergy to lobster after the earlier episodes and before the ones. It is revealed in one episode that she must think about what she does before doing it. For example, she was walking through the lobby while thinking "left, blink, breathe" in the episode Super Twins. London is a shopaholic. Ashley Tisdale portrays Maddie Fitzpatrick, the teenage candy-counter girl at the Tipton Hotel, who throughout the series holds several other jobs/positions including a cashier at the Cluck Bucket, manager on the Camp Tipton Daycare Center, counselor for her school's summer camp program –
Billionaire Boys Club (1987 film)
Billionaire Boys Club is a two-part television film that aired on NBC in 1987. It told the story of the Billionaire Boys Club, its founder, Joe Hunt, convicted in 1987 of murdering con-man Ron Levin; the film was directed by Marvin J. Chomsky; the film starred Judd Nelson as Hunt, Brian McNamara as Dean Karny, Ron Silver as Ron Levin. Other cast members included Frederic Lehne, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Raphael Sbarge, Jill Schoelen, Stan Shaw, John Dye, James Sloyan. Since criminal charges were pending against other Billionaire Boys Club members, the film changed their names. Joe Hunt and other boys are on trial. Throughout the questioning and cross-examination the film flashes back to Joe Hunt being reunited with schoolfriends and impressing upon him an idea of an investment firm called the BBC. Joe manages to win the boys over with two concepts: his idea that anything can be right through perspective and that the boys come from moneyed families who think they are too young or have insufficient mettle to access the family fortunes.
The BBC acts and dresses like professional businessmen, but their actual operations seem "all hat no cattle". They manage to woo a scientist into signing over the marketing rights to an energy machine and seek investor Ron Levin into a partnership. Levin gives Hunt an account to prove himself. Hunt manages to make several million dollars with this, purchases a condominium in which all members of the BBC will work and live with the expected commission. Hunt is introduced to a black man named Booker, who becomes a BBC member due to his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and firearms. However, Hunt is aghast when he learns the money he made for Levin was only on paper, is used by Levin to convince another firm into underwriting a sizeable loan for him. Hunt hatches a scheme to get Levin to sign over the promised money murder him; some time Hunt meets up with Dean Karny, his top employee of the BBC, says that Levin is dead. Hunt recounts that he went to Levin for a business meeting, broken up by Booker, pretending to be a debt collector for the Mafia, after Hunt, to which the "debtor" Hunt would repay the "creditors" with the money owed him by Levin.
After Levin writes a check to Hunt, he realized too late both men intended to murder him his corpse was dumped in a canyon in the California backcountry. Soon friends and family of Ron Levin contact police about his disappearance; when it is discovered Levin had served time in prison for credit card fraud and wire fraud, the authorities chalk up Levin's missing status to fleeing those he flimflammed. At a BBC party, Hunt is introduced to Reza Nabouti, a friend of a BBC member seeking membership himself. Reza, born in Iran, says his father, Birjan Nabouti, was an opium kingpin who made enemies with Ruhollah Khomeini, seeks to take over his father's empire. Hunt recruits Booker and Karny in a plot to kidnap Birjan, torture him into signing over his assets to Reza and the BBC murder him. Booker and Hunt impersonate delivery boys to gain access to the Nabouti residence lock Birjan in a steamer trunk and place it in a camper truck for transport to a safe house in upstate California. However, the kidnapping goes awry when Mr. Nabouti stops protesting and it is evident his oxygen is depleted in the trunk.
Karny punches holes in the trunk for air, but seals them with duct tape upon hearing shouting, as Hunt orders it silenced as he is fearful passing motorists may be alerted to the shouting. Karny opens the trunk, finds an unconscious man while the odor of urine escapes. Joe, driving, orders CPR be given to Birjan Nabouti. Karny attempts this, but fails and reports to Joe he is dead. While Joe is annoyed, he takes it in stride and in a change of plans, dumps Birjan Nabouti's body in the same canyon he disposed of Ron Levin. However, all is not well with Joe; some of the BBC members, disturbed by what they have done, begin seeking legal help. Hunt sued NBC in attempt to block the network from airing the film, alleging that it would prejudice potential jurors in his upcoming second murder trial. Hunt's suit was unsuccessful, the film was broadcast. NBC's promos for Billionaire Boys Club called it "the show Joe Hunt doesn't want you to see." Brandon Tartikoff, the head of NBC entertainment, said that while he did not regret airing the film, the promos for it may have crossed the boundaries of good taste.
Members of Hunt's family voiced objection. Hunt’s brother-in-law Michael Olivier said the film "was biased against Joe before his trials were complete, full of sensationalized hype, with blatant disregard for the documented facts in the case. Fictional storytelling is one thing. It’s irresponsible to mix the two in a way that negatively impacts our entire family.”The miniseries' factual inaccuracies include: The second half of the movie presents the situation involving Hedayat Eslaminia as if law enforcement's version of his death was proven at trial. The prosecutors dismissed their case against all four defendants, including Joe Hunt, after Joe established to the satisfaction of a majority of his jury that Dean Karny, the State's star witness, was responsible for Hedayat's death. Though the film concludes that Pittman shot Ron Levin, a jury in 1988 rejected the State's theory that Jim Pittman shot Ron Levin, voting 10-2 to acquit Pittman. Excluding the general background facts related to the BBC, the miniseries is entirely based upon the testimony of a single witness, Dean Karny.
Yet, neither Dean Karny nor any other prosecution witness has claimed they per