China Beach

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China Beach
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Series Complete Collection Set cover
Created byWilliam Broyles, Jr.
John Sacret Young
StarringDana Delany
Nan Woods
Michael Boatman
Marg Helgenberger
Robert Picardo
Tim Ryan
Concetta Tomei
Brian Wimmer
Jeff Kober
Chloe Webb
Megan Gallagher
Nancy Giles
Ned Vaughn
Troy Evans
Ricki Lake
Theme music composerHolland-Dozier-Holland
Opening theme"Reflections"
Performed by Diana Ross & the Supremes
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes62 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)John Sacret Young
Producer(s)Geno Escarrega
Mimi Leder
John Wells
Fred Gerber
Carol Flint
John Lugar
Lydia Woodward
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Sacret, Inc.
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runApril 27, 1988  – July 22, 1991
 
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China Beach
ChinaBeach Complete Collection DVD.jpg
Series Complete Collection Set cover
Created byWilliam Broyles, Jr.
John Sacret Young
StarringDana Delany
Nan Woods
Michael Boatman
Marg Helgenberger
Robert Picardo
Tim Ryan
Concetta Tomei
Brian Wimmer
Jeff Kober
Chloe Webb
Megan Gallagher
Nancy Giles
Ned Vaughn
Troy Evans
Ricki Lake
Theme music composerHolland-Dozier-Holland
Opening theme"Reflections"
Performed by Diana Ross & the Supremes
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes62 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)John Sacret Young
Producer(s)Geno Escarrega
Mimi Leder
John Wells
Fred Gerber
Carol Flint
John Lugar
Lydia Woodward
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Sacret, Inc.
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runApril 27, 1988  – July 22, 1991

China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe[1] beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was nicknamed "China Beach" in English by American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War.[2][3][4][5] The ABC TV drama aired for four seasons, from 1988 to 1991.

Overview[edit]

Created by William Broyles, Jr. and John Sacret Young, the series looks at the Vietnam War from unique perspectives: those of the women, military personnel, and civilians, who were present during the conflict. John Wells took over most of the series beginning with the second season—many of the show's cast members would appear later on the Wells-produced series, ER.

Set in a Vietnam locale nicknamed "Bac My An Beach" at the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R (the "Five-and-Dime" Rest & Recreation) facility, the series' cast of characters includes US Army doctors and nurses, officers, soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and civilian personnel (American, French, and Vietnamese). The series also features the experiences of the characters when they return to the U.S., either on leave or at the end of their tours of duty. The show does not shy away from showing the gruesomeness of war; it provides a very gritty view of the experience there.

The show is based on the book Home Before Morning (1983) written by former U.S. Army Nurse Lynda Van Devanter.[6] The show's character Nurse Colleen McMurphy roughly follows Van Devanter's experiences as a nurse in Vietnam. The book takes the reader from Van Devanter's wish to serve her country, through the adventure she thought her deployment to Vietnam would be, her culture shock upon returning to "the States", and her struggles with PTSD. The TV show was cancelled before it could fully address McMurphy's PTSD issues. Van Devanter died in 2002.[7]

Cast[edit]

Season 3 China Beach cast (left to right): Ned Vaughn (Jeff Hyers), Ricki Lake (Holly Pelegrino), Michael Boatman (Sam Beckett), Dana Delany (Nurse Colleen McMurphy), Brian Wimmer (Boonie Lanier), Marg Helgenberger (K.C.), Jeff Kober (Dodger), Nancy Giles (Frankie Bunsen), Concetta Tomei (Lila Garreau), Robert Picardo (Dr. Richard)

Nancy Sinatra made a guest appearance in the first season finale, recreating concerts she performed for U.S. troops in 1966 and 1967.

Episode list[edit]

Over four seasons from 1988 to 1991, the series aired 62 episodes.

Reception[edit]

China Beach was a critically lauded but poorly rated series. ABC stuck with the show for four seasons, but the final season was put on hiatus in fall 1990 and did not air its finale until July 22, 1991. As a result of the scheduling, Dana Delany was eligible for (and ultimately won) a Best Actress Emmy Award in the fall of 1992, a year after the series broadcast its final episode and over a year and a half after many of the scenes were filmed. The title sequence theme song was "Reflections" by Diana Ross & the Supremes (although several episodes instead used "We Gotta Get out of This Place" by Eric Burdon with Katrina & The Waves).[8]

Tie-in novel[edit]

John Sacret Young stated at the Paley Center prior to the show's October 2013 release on DVD that he'd written a follow-up novel titled Reflections where Colleen, now in her sixties and recently widowed, returns to Vietnam and reconnects with a retired Dr. Dick and venture capitalist K.C. Koloski. Young also hopes to adapt it into a TV movie.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for China Beach
YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
1989Casting Society of America's Artios AwardBest Casting for TV, Dramatic EpisodicPhyllis Huffman and John Frank LeveyNominated
1990John Frank LeveyNominated
1991Nominated
1989Directors Guild of America AwardOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic SpecialsRod Holcomb (For the pilot episode)Nominated
1990Golden Globe AwardBest Television Series – DramaWon
Best Actress – Television Series DramaDana DelanyNominated
1991Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Best Actress – Television Series DramaDana DelanyNominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmMarg HelgenbergerNominated
1989Humanitas Prize60 Minute CategoryPatricia GreenWon
John Sacret Young and William Broyles Jr. (For episode "Lost and Found")Nominated
1990John Wells (For episode "Dear China Beach")Nominated
Georgia Jeffries (For episode "How to Stay Alive in Vietnam: Part I")Nominated
1991John Wells (For episode "One Small Step")Nominated
199290 Minute CategoryJohn Wells, John Sacret Young, Carol Flint and Lydia WoodwardNominated
1988Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing Television Pilots and SpecialsGreg Stacy and Sync-PopWon
1990Peabody AwardABC Television and Sacret Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television (For episode "Vets")Won
1989People's Choice AwardFavorite New TV Dramatic ProgramWon
1988Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesJohn Sacret Young (For the pilot episode)Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesRod Holcomb (For the pilot episode)Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera ProductionErwin Dumbrille and Christopher Nelson (For the pilot episode)Nominated
Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesPaula Lynn Kaatz and Darryl Levine (For the pilot episode)Won
1989Outstanding Drama SeriesJohn Sacret Young, John Wells, Patricia Green, Geno Escarrega, Christopher Nelson and Fred GerberNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesDana DelanyWon
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesChloe WebbNominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera ProductionRandy Jon Morgan (For episode "Vets")Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a SeriesPaula Lynn Kaatz and Darryl Levine (For episode "The World: Part II")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesTim Cooney, Don Cahn, Artie Torgersen and James G. Williams (For episode "Vets")Nominated
1990Outstanding Drama SeriesJohn Sacret Young, John Wells, Georgia Jeffries, Mimi Leder, Fred Gerber and Geno EscarregaNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesDana DelanyNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMarg HelgenbergerWon
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesRuby DeeNominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera ProductionSusan B. Browdy (For episode "The Unquiet Earth")Nominated
Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesPaula Lynn Kaatz and Le Dawson (For episode "Magic")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesLowell Harris, Don Cahn, Artie Torgersen and Jim Cook (For episode "F.N.G.")Won
1991Outstanding Drama SeriesJohn Sacret Young, John Wells, Mimi Leder, Lydia Woodward, Carol Flint and Geno EscarregaNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesDana DelanyNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMarg HelgenbergerNominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesMimi Leder (For episode "You, Babe")Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesPenny FullerNominated
Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesPaula Lynn Kaatz and Le Dawson (For episode "Juice")Nominated
1992Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesDana DelanyWon
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMarg HelgenbergerNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesJohn Wells, John Sacret Young, Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward (For episode "Hello Goodbye")Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesMimi Leder (For episode "Rewind")Nominated
Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesPaula Lynn Kaatz and Thomas S. Dawson (For episode "Hello Goodbye")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesLowell Harris, Don Cahn, Artie Torgersen and Jim Cook (For episode "Hello Goodbye")Nominated
1989Television Critics Association AwardOutstanding Achievement in DramaNominated
1989Viewers for Quality Television AwardBest Quality Drama SeriesWon
Best Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesDana DelanyWon
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesMarg HelgenbergerWon
Best Writing in a Quality Drama SeriesWon
1990Best Quality Drama SeriesWon
Best Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesDana DelanyWon
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesRobert PicardoNominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesMarg HelgenbergerWon
Best Writing in a Quality Drama SeriesWon
Best Directing in a Quality Drama SeriesWon
1991Best Quality Drama SeriesWon
Best Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesDana DelanyWon
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesMarg HelgenbergerWon
Best Writing in a Quality Drama SeriesWon
Founder's AwardRobert PicardoWon
1989Writers Guild of America AwardEpisodic DramaWilliam Broyles Jr. (For episode "Home")Nominated
1990Alan Brennert (For episode "Where the Boys Are")Nominated
John Wells (For episode "X-Mas Chnbch VN '67")Nominated
1991John Sacret Young (For episode "Souvenirs")Won
Martin M. Goldstein, Neal Baer and Dottie Dartland (For episode "Warriors")Nominated
1992Paris Qualles, John Sacret Young, John Wells, Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward (For episode "Escape")Nominated
John Wells, John Sacret Young, Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward (For episode "Hello Goodbye")Nominated

Home media release[edit]

In December 2012 it was announced that the series, among the most-requested television shows not available through either VHS or DVD following its broadcast run, would be issued on DVD in a box set (including new interviews with cast members and various bonus features) and released on April 15, 2013 through StarVista Entertainment (affiliated with TimeLife). The collection includes 302 songs heard during the series.[8] To mark the show's 25th anniversary, a 21-disc collector's set was released October 1, 2013.[10]

Music rights long delayed the release on DVD. More than 250 songs were licensed; seventeen could not be, and were either deleted or replaced.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Kay. (March 23, 2003) (March 23, 2003). "Detour: China Beach, Vietnam". Time.com. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ha, Thu. "Da nang beach is introduced as "China Beach" | Da nang beach is introduced as "China Beach"". VietNamNet. July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012. "The VNAT’s vice chief, Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong, said that it is unacceptable and harmful for the image of Da nang’s tourism when some Vietnamese travel firms introduce the beach of Da nang as “China Beach.”" 
  3. ^ "Sailors, Commander Tell of Race Fights (AP)". The Milwaukee Journal. October 24, 1968. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ives, Mike (October 30, 2011). "Vietnam's Da Nang a Surf City in Asia". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2012. "We started our days at Non Nuoc Beach, which U.S. and Australian military personnel called China Beach during the Vietnam War." 
  5. ^ Bragg, Rebecca. "China Beach now secure with beer and sandwiches". Toronto Star (Đà Nẵng, Vietnam). 
  6. ^ Lynda Van Devanter (1983). Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam. ISBN 9781558492981. 
  7. ^ "In Memoriam: Lynda Van Devanter". Illyria.com. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Lambert, David (February 26, 2012). "China Beach - New 'Complete Collection' Press Release has Music List, Finalized Box!". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Keck, William (September 23, 2013). "Keck's Exclusives: Back To China Beach". TV Guide. 
  10. ^ Elavksy, Cindy (September 15, 2013). "Celebrity Extra". Downriver Sunday Times (King Features). Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (February 6, 2013). "More About "China Beach" DVD". Akron Beacon Journal Online (The HeldenFiles Online). Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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