Glitter (TV series)
Glitter main title screen
Timothy Patrick Murphy
|Theme music composer||Lalo Schifrin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||14|
Douglas S. Cramer
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Aaron Spelling Productions|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 13, 1984– December 27, 1985|
The series was produced by Aaron Spelling and was set behind the scenes of a top entertainment magazine titled "Glitter" and attempted to combine the urgency of journalism and business politics with the glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous featured in the pages of the magazine. The leading cast members were David Birney, Morgan Brittany and Arthur Hill.
The format of the series was similar to two other popular ABC shows which were also produced by Aaron Spelling; The Love Boat and Hotel, in that each week it featured high-profile guest appearances from famous celebrities, including Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse. Unlike the other shows, Glitter was not a ratings success. It was scheduled on Thursday nights against Simon & Simon, Cheers and Night Court which were all among the Top 20 most-watched programs at that time. The first three episodes aired in September 1984, and then the show was taken off the air (though was still in production) until December 1984 when three more episodes were shown. Ratings did not improve and the series was cancelled. The remaining eight episodes were shown during December 1985 as part of ABC's late-night line-up.
Despite its lack of success in the US, Glitter was sold internationally. It was shown in the UK on BBC1 in the summer of 1985 (though not all episodes were shown).
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