A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 7, 1983

TIME has chronicled the cultural phenomenon of television's mini-series from their beginnings ten years ago with The Blue Knight, a four-hour police drama. Since then, through Roots (1977), Holocaust (1978) and Shogun (1980), the magazine has noted the miniseries' steady escalation in length, sophistication and cost, culminating in ABC's The Winds of War, this week's cover story. "Everything about this show was big, including the number of people who worked on it," comments Los Angeles Correspondent Denise Worrell of the 18-hr. TV epic that is based on Herman Wouk's 1971 bestseller. "I caught...

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