"The Women of Brewster Place" Airs
The Women of Brewster Place is a TV miniseries that aired on March 19 and 20, 1989 on ABC. The miniseries is based upon the 1982 novel by Gloria Naylor.
It was produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions with a teleplay by Karen Hall. The miniseries stars TV icon Oprah Winfrey, Jackée Harry, Robin Givens, Lynn Whitfield, Larenz Tate, Moses Gunn and Leon.
The miniseries received such a good reception that it led to a weekly series entitled Brewster Place. However, it was axed after just four episodes due to low ratings.
Plot: Based on Gloria Naylor's novel, THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE is the rare made-for-tv feature that provides numerous deeply drawn and affecting characters and entertains. Aided immeasurably by star turns from Oprah, Cicely Tyson, and, of course, Jackee, director Donna Deitch's intensely moving film is nothing less than a resounding success. Following the lives of seven women who live in a bleak tenement and struggle to rise above their surroundings, THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE succeeds both as an important reminder of the difficulties of being black and poor in America, and as a heartfelt and entertaining story about human determination in the face of adversity.