Harold Robbins' The Survivors

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Harold Robbins' The Survivors
Lana Turner Rossano Brazzi The Survivors 1969.jpg
Rossano Brazzi and Lana Turner in a scene from The Survivors
Also known as 'The Survivors'
Genre Soap opera
Created by Richard De Roy
Michael Gleason
Harold Robbins
Starring Lana Turner
George Hamilton
Diana Muldaur
Ralph Bellamy
Natalie Schafer
Kevin McCarthy
Jan-Michael Vincent
Clu Gulager
Louis Hayward
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) The Harold Robbins Company
Universal Television
Original network ABC
Original release 22 September 1969 – 17 September 1970

The Survivors is a high-profile 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, Louis Hayward, Kevin McCarthy, 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 The NBC Monday Movie on NBC. A program as expensive to produce as this one 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.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Chapter One" September 29, 1969 Baylor Carlyle (Ralph Bellamy) demands the resignation of his son-in-law Philip Hastings (Kevin McCarthy) because of embezzlement.
1-2 "Chapter Two" October 6, 1969 Baylor learns that he only has a short time to live and decides to bring Duncan (George Hamilton) into the bank.
1-3 "Chapter Three" October 13, 1969 Baylor grants Duncan's request for a bank loan to Miguel Santerra after meeting with the revolutionary.
1-4 "Chapter Four" October 20, 1969 Tracy (Lana Turner) and Antaeus Riakos meet again after a twenty-year absence.
1-5 "Chapter Five" October 27, 1969 Jeff (Jan-Michael Vincent) leaves home to go live with his friends Tom and Sheila.
1-6 "Chapter Six" November 10, 1969 Philip offers Tracy a divorce in exchange for her share of the bank when Baylor dies.
1-7 "Chapter Seven" November 17, 1969 Philip discovers that the Carlyle Bank has financed Santerra's revolution.
1-8 "Chapter Eight" November 24, 1969 Tracy tells Jeff that Philip is not his father.
1-9 "Chapter Nine" December 1, 1969 Riakos tells Senator Jennings (Clu Gulager) of the Carlyle Bank's involvement in the Santerra revolution.
1-10 "Chapter Ten" December 8, 1969 Baylor is subpoenaed to testify before the Senate about his bank loan to Santerra's revolutionary group.
1-11 "Chapter Eleven" December 15, 1969 Duncan finds Baylor dead.
1-12 "Chapter Twelve" December 22, 1969 Duncan tells Tracy he suspects Philip of murder.
1-13 "Chapter Thirteen" December 29, 1969 The reading of Baylor's will is interrupted by the appearance of his widow, Eleanor (Natalie Schafer).
1-14 "Chapter Fourteen" January 5, 1970 Philip announces that he and Eleanor will fight Baylor's will.
1-15 "Chapter Fifteen" January 12, 1970 Duncan is injured in an automobile accident, and in the subsequent investigation, police find that it was no accident.


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