In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, a new four-part miniseries was commissioned. It premiered first in Canada and then the UK. Then, as if in a hurry to get it on the air with the last part coinciding with the anniversary, the United States picked it up and ABC aired the first three parts on Saturday night, with the finale of "Titanic" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on ABC) coming Sunday, April 15. Just in time.
The stories were framed in that each of the first three hours followed a different group of passengers throughout the maiden voyage of the Titanic, culminating in a dramatic cliffhanger as the ship hit the iceberg and started to founder. The first was of a well-to-do Earl and his family, while the second follows a man who helped get the ship ready to sail and his family. The third follows two brothers who found work on the ship, one as a stoker and the other as a water.
Then, in the final installment, it all comes together as the ship goes down and it is revealed the final fates of all of the characters introduced in the first three hours. With the theatrical "Titanic" flying high in theaters again, television proved that it can tell this epic tale of disaster and survival just as well, and with an even broader scope.
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