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9 Responses to “The New People: 1969 TV drama à la Lost and Lord of the Flies”

  1. tedrock says:

    This page has some additional clips and some more info on the development of the show…
    http://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/new_people/

  2. I remember that it was also an attempt by the network to develop a 45-minute format for shows.  It was paired with another 45-minute show (whose title I don’t recall) that was an American Bandstand top-hits music show.  The music show might have fared better if the top hit hadn’t been The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” for week after week after week….  Both shows, as I recall, only lasted half a season.

  3. You know, it’s a great, almost sci-fi premise, I can see how this got greenlit. But I am at a loss as to who, back then, was going to write it. Heck, if you updated it to modern times and made it Occupiers and/or Black Bloc anti-globalists, I’m at a loss as to who would write it NOW. You’d need someone knowledegable enough about those movements to write plausible dialog, but not so sucked into the movement that they’d write blatantly unrealistic pseudo-utopia stories. At a time when virtually everybody writing for Hollywood was a member of the GI Generation that these characters were explicitly railing against, writing decades after the HUAC purges, there was never a chance this was going to work. But I can see why somebody thought it would.

    • sockdoll says:

       Wasn’t Harlan Ellison writing stuff for TV back then? He might have turned in some fun scripts, if given the chance.

  4. Alistair Young says:

    Tiiiiiiiiimmmmmeeee, has just begun!! Great theme song.

  5. Wayne Dyer says:

    The Vermilion Sands!

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