Wendy Kilbourne . James Read . | North & South mini series | North south, Reading, Read imageBy Kristin Battestella. Ah, hoop skirts mixed with big eighties hair and flair, over the top Southern accents and zealous romances! These staples of television miniseries can make North and South a tough pill for new audiences, but Books 1 and 2 of this series are still the major staple in Civil War dramatizations. Each player has a lush storyline and there is no weak performer in the series. After Book 1 ends with the superbly done parting of George and Orry at the break of the war, this sequel series holds its own with impressive battle recreations and issues of the war from both the Union and Confederate sides. Naturally, most of the action skirts the big events, but no other television or movie production has handled so much of the Civil War and done so properly.
North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in , , and Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War , they are based on the s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes. The saga tells the story of the enduring friendship between Orry Main of South Carolina Patrick Swayze and George Hazard of Pennsylvania James Read , who become best friends while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point but later find themselves and their families on opposite sides of the war. Filming of the miniseries resulted in four marriages among the cast and crew. Read and Kilbourne, who played opposite each other, married in and now have two children. Frakes and Francis, who had previously played opposite each other on the failed NBC soap Bare Essence , also married in Lesley-Anne Down married assistant cameraman Don E.
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Sign in. They make sure he gets back to Union Lines and he makes it home for Christmas. As he recovers however, Want to invest a few hours in front of the TV this weekend? Check out a few of our favorite binge-worthy streaming series. See the full gallery. Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
You remember the Civil War, of course; it was in all the papers at the time—a nation divided, great bloody battles, brother against brother. Besides being good for his career, it was great for his love life. One result of North and South that he is enjoying is a relationship with Wendy Kilbourne, who plays his wife, Constance. He joshes. His friends tend to define him in bolder terms. Raised in Schenectady, N. So did a hitchhiking trip he took through Europe after dropping out.