Carnivàle

Carnivàle

2003–2005 American television series
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Carnivàle () is an American television series set in the United States Dust Bowl during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The series, created by Daniel Knauf, ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2005. In tracing the lives of disparate groups of people in a traveling carnival, Knauf's story combined a bleak atmosphere with elements of the surreal in portraying struggles between good and evil and between free will and destiny. The show's mythology drew upon themes and motifs from traditional Christianity and gnosticism together with Masonic lore, particularly that of the Knights Templar order.

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United States
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English
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2
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45–60 minutes
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September 7, 2003 (2003-09-07)
March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27)
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Samson: Lyle, I'm tellin' you this operation is 100% legit. Sheriff Lyle Donovan: I never heard an honest man use "legit".
  • According to Daniel Knauf, HBO originally give the show a 16 episodes second season, that would aired in two rounds. When he was mapping the 16 and probably because of the ratings, the network told him that it would be eventually 12.
  • The Russian soldier's (Michael Massee) name is Lucius Belyakov.
  • The character and story arc of Brother Justin contain references to several real-life radio preachers of the period. Justin's radio success, his building of a massive "temple" for Christian worship in Southern California, and especially his mysterious, never-fully explained disappearance (and its ensuing media frenzy) are all references to the life of Aimee Semple McPherson. McPherson started her career as a traveling evangelist, but by the early 1920s, she was one of the first preachers to take full advantage of radio technology, and was such a successful radio personality that the ensuing donations to her ministry from across the country enabled her to build one of the first "megachurches," the 5300-person-capacity Angelus Temple in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. In 1926, McPherson disappeared without any warning, and then returned about a month later, claiming that she has been kidnapped, abused, drugged, and held for ransom money in a deserted Mexican shack. However, reporters later found no evidence of this, and much greater evidence of the possibility that McPherson had really spent that time at a seaside resort in California with her radio engineer, who was married to another woman. The other period radio personality from whom much of Brother Justin's story was drawn is Father Charles Coughlin, a Catholic Priest who at the height of his popularity in the 1930s commanded a radio audience of over forty million listeners per week. Justin's use of isolationist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant scare tactics to terrify and enthrall his audiences comes straight from Father Coughlin.
  • Both K Callan and Cynthia Ettinger have played Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent. K Callan played Martha Kent in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." Ettinger was the original Martha Kent on the series "Smallville," but before the pilot aired her scenes were reshot with Annette O'Toole, who now plays that role on the series. Also, another Superman connection is Clancy Brown, who voices Lex Luthor in the Superman and Justice League cartoons.
  • Michael J. Anderson was a guest star on "Humbug," a 1995 episode of "The X-Files" in which he played a hotel owner who was offended when Mulder mistook him for a carnival worker (the episode was about a town inhabited by a large number of retired or wintering carnies). In Carnivàle (2003), Anderson plays the head of a traveling carnival.

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