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About "Empires of New York”
Set amid the grit, greed, and glory of 1980s New York, EMPIRES OF NEW YORK chronicles the meteoric rise of five icons who not only reshaped the city but contributed mightily to the world we live in today. Drawing on exclusive interviews, never-before-told stories, and secret tapes, the series follows titans of the era who shared a singular trait: the insatiable need to win at all costs. Seizing opportunity in an era jolted by one cultural upheaval after another – MTV and 24-hour news, hip hop, drugs, the onset of AIDS – they broke rules, flaunted their wealth, and delighted in the destruction of their enemies. And oddly, at times America came to love them for it.
Sunday, 12/06/20 at 8PM ET: EMPIRES OF NEW YORK #103 (P) – 1985-86: IMAGE IS EVERYTHING
By the mid ‘80s, five larger-than-life New Yorkers – Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani - are starting to change the way we think about power and success. They’re bragging about their victories, showing off their wealth, openly targeting their enemies – and with tabloid journalism on the rise, the media can’t get enough of the show. Who cares that many of them are spinning lies? TV and print outlets put them on a pedestal – and America buys into their story hook, line, and sinker. But as all five titans will soon learn… too much exposure can burn.
Sunday, 12/13/20 at 8PM ET: EMPIRES OF NEW YORK #104 (P) – 1986-87: SECRETS & LIES
It’s 1986, and New Yorkers are fawning over five seemingly unstoppable icons: Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani. Every day seems to bring a new celebration of their success. But there are secrets behind that success – dark secrets. And when the truth finally emerges and the public learns just who their heroes really are, the consequences are devastating.
Sunday, 12/20/20 at 8PM ET: EMPIRES OF NEW YORK #105 (P) – 1987-90: PARTY’S OVER
When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Black Monday hits, the market crashes, and the great bull market of the ‘80s goes down with it. New York and indeed the country as a whole are left with a brutal hangover – and the party is over for the Emperors of New York as well. Indictments. Prison sentences. Ruinous debt. While some decide to play their best hand and escape with what they can, others continue to feel invincible – digging in their heels and getting ready for the fight of their lives.
Sunday, 12/27/20 at 8PM ET: EMPIRES OF NEW YORK #106 (P) – LEGACY OF THE ‘80S: GREED IS STILL GOOD
The titans who helped remake New York City are now being devoured by their own creation. At the dawn of the ‘90s, they’re either sitting in jail, awaiting sentencing, or licking their wounds after humiliating defeats. And now the same public that celebrated their success is celebrating their fall from grace. Still – what’s done can’t be undone. A new kind of American Dream is here to stay. Modesty is now a sin, shamelessness a virtue. And the image of success matters way more than how that success is achieved.
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