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There's No Business Like
In the year 2076, crimes against society are punishable by community service-- in show business. A time traveler moves forward in time and discovers a future where the business is anything but entertaining; and where stunts and special effects often lead to death.
Air Dates:
First Run - January 19, 1976
Repeat - June 12, 1976
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5 Responses to Episode 0418

Very interesting episode.

A time traveler to the year 2076 finds himself the victim of a future in which convicted criminals are condemned to 'Entertainment', where they serve as actors in all-too Real TV, and their very lives are subject to the whim of scriptwriters who may at any time write them out of the story—permanently. Stars Howard Da Silva.

In a future world criminals are sentenced to a life of horror, misery, and the daily risk of death when they are cast in movie roles. Criminals are sentenced to Show Biz. The script is all written out, the director calls, 'action', and the characters engage in real-life battles with live ammunition and real risk to life and limb. If an actor was good, they would survive; if he was particularly good, he might also become famous and lead a life of relative ease… until the ratings fell, or the writer found a new favourite.

Wonder if Stephen King heard this before writing "the Running Man"? Also - is that etheral music in Act One the same used in Kubrick's "2001, A Space Odyssey"?

A pretty good story whose ending (the last line) makes you question what really happened near the end of the story.

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