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Countdown to Looking Glass was a Canadian-produced, 90 minute dramatic special, first telecast in the States over the HBO pay cable service on October 14, 1984. In the tradition of the earlier Special Bulletin, the story frames a nuclear-holocaust threat in the form of an ongoing news broadcast. The setup: A group of South American nations have defaulted on a loan, forcing every bank in America to collapse. The US is thus unable to help Oman when the middle-Eastern nation is invaded by Soviet operatives. This culminates in a Persian-gulf showdown, while all the major cities in the US are evacuated. Scott Glenn plays an anchorman for the fictional CVN news service, while Helen Shaver costars as the CVN Washington correspondent, who is prevented from getting on the air with a potentially world-saving bulletin. Written by MIT professor Lincoln Bloomfeld, Countdown to Looking Glass features real-life newscasters Eric Sevareid, Nancy Dickerson, Patrick Watson and Don Tobin. Note to political-trivia buffs: Appearing briefly as themselves are former Presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, and a pre-"Contract With America" Newt Gingrich. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi