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While highlighting the trials and tribulations of two feuding political families, a U.S. Senator fights to stop a dysfunctional tycoon from dismantling his political dynasty.
Type: Mid-budget Television Series
Tone: Lord is the ultimate concoction of a political drama like House of Cards, a family saga of a Godfather, with the noirish feel of LA Confidential.
Synopsis: This 60s series centers on Texas Senator Jack Wagner who associates with a most questionable cadre, sweeping us from Chicago mafia joints to Hollywood's more fabled nightclubs. Lord traces two parallel stories contrasting our protagonists on their ascent to, and descent, from power – a juxtaposition between Cole Eastland, Jack's calculated assistant, and the senator himself. Aside from political wrangling and history-making events, Jack juggles murders, kidnappings and blackmails in order to maintain his power and to keep his mafia partners' returns increasing.
Now enter Marshall Harris, a department store tycoon and Jack's ex-childhood friend who vows to spend 'whatever it takes' to destroy Jack's political future by funding a young Texas Congressman, Bradley Clark to topple the all-powerful. As the series progresses, Jack learns Marshall could be his half-brother.
Although the series and time is male dominated, the strong-willed, richly-drawn, and driven characters of Elizabeth Wagner, Brooke Davenport, and Summer Stevens oftentimes overshadow their male counterparts. These women, from different backgrounds, are driven too, by one common and solitary goal -- power, which they collect and maintain with mesmerizing finesse.
Lord is a captivating snapshot behind-the-scenes of some of history's most tasty and, unknown events, and the characters involved. It is these events and characters that provide legs for the series to run from 1959 to 1980 without duplicating story-lines, or propping up overplayed characters. The series' most unique aspect is its historical revelations; offering viewers those 'a-ha' moments of, "Oh, that's what happened."; or "That's why he murdered her."; or, "Um, I didn't' know the Senate Rules Committee planned to censure VP Johnson and his aide the morning of November 22, 1963."
Pilot: Senator Jack Wagner's aide, Ray McKigney (father of 6) is set up in a tearoom arrest forcing Jack to move into his place, Cole Eastland, who must find the culprit, and locate a missing classified file before Jack's nemesis.