Wild Palms was a 6 hour long dramatic, sci-fi miniseries on ABC about a futuristic world of the year 2007 where a huge multi-national corporation tries to take over the country using 3-D animated videos that are broadcast right into American living rooms! Most people fall victim to their plot but a few small groups of people fight to keep their minds and their freedom!
Wild Palms Cast
James Belushi .... Harry Wyckoff
Dana Delany .... Grace Wyckoff
Robert Loggia .... Senator Anton Kreutzer
Angie Dickinson .... Josie Ito
Kim Cattrall .... Paige Katz
Bebe Neuwirth .... Tabba Schwartzkopf
Ernie Hudson .... Tommy Lazlo
Nick Mancuso .... Tully Woiwode
Ben Savage .... Coty Wyckoff
Oliver Stone .... Himself (Cameo)
Robert Morse .... Chap Starfall
David Warner .... Eli Levitt
Bob Gunton .... Dr. Tobias Schenkl
Brad Dourif .... Chickie Levitt
Rondi Reed .... Eileen Whitehope
Aaron Michael Metchik .... Peter
Beata Pozniak .... Tambor
Francois Chau .... Hiro
Sean Kanan .... Jacob
Nicole Nagel .... Drug Addict
William Gibson .... Himself (Cameo)
Charles Rocket .... Stitch
Eugene Lee .... Lieutenant Bob Grindrod
Danny Kamekona .... Ushio
Monica Mikala .... Deirdre Wyckoff
Wild Palms Trivia
Wild Palms was based on a full-page comic strip of the same name that was published in "Details Magazine" from 1990-93. It was illustrated by Julian Allen and written by Bruce Wagner.
Many critics felt that the Wild Palm Miniseries was very similar to the "Twin Peaks TV Show" which had just aired a few years earlier and several of them called it "Twin Palms". The two shows were both very confusing due to unending plot twists. Something new was happening before a viewer had even figured out what had already happened. Co-star James Blushi ("According to Jim") even admitted that even after reading the script several times, he still couldn't figure out what it was about. He just went to the filming locations and read his lines! Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives"), on the other hand, said "It's a futuristic melodrama with a dash of virtual reality. You shouldn't even try to make sense of it. Just let it wash over you, enjoy each scene, and by the end it'll make sense".
Despite the criticism, it should be noted that both "Twin Peaks" and "Wild Palms" were both sensually stimulating to many viewers and both have a decent cult following to this day.
The weird looking police cars on Wild Palms were intended to look futuristic but they were actually 1963 Studebaker Avantis.
Senator Anton Kreutzer was based on L. Ron Hubbard and the Senator's "Synthiotics" was based on Hubbard's teachings of "Scientology". At that time the public perception of Scientology was very new and suspicious.
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
Wild Palms - The First and Only Season
- Everything Must Go (2 hours) (5/16/1993)
- The Floating World (1 hour) (5/23/1993)
- Rising Sons (1 hour) (5/30/1993)
- Hungry Ghosts (1 hour) (6/6/1993)
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1 hour) (6/13/1993)
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