mini·​se·​ries | \ ˈmi-nē-ˌsir-(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce miniseries (audio) \

Definition of miniseries

: a television production of a story presented in sequential episodes

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Many of the negative reviews have pointed to the book’s length—a boundless 771 pages—as being fundamentally unsuitable for a film adaptation, and perhaps more fitting for a television miniseries. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Goldfinch Is a Uniquely Challenging Novel to Adapt. Here’s Why the Movie Was Doomed," 13 Sep. 2019 The director is even reportedly considered recutting it into a TV miniseries. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Rise of the Super Sequel! As ‘It: Chapter Two’ Hits Theaters, Why Are Blockbusters Getting So Long?," 6 Sep. 2019 Residents will get a refresher this month when the whole of HBO’s miniseries is screened in a local stadium. Time, "This Lithuanian City Played Host to Filming For HBO's 'Chernobyl.' It's Now Preparing for Its Own Nuclear Radiation Leak," 4 Sep. 2019 That miniseries cast him alongside fellow Emmy nominee Ben Whishaw, but not for the first time. Christian Holub,, "Hugh Grant thinks Paddington 2 might be 'the best film I've ever been in'," 13 Aug. 2019 And unlike that anthology series, Davies gets to use the full length of a miniseries to explore his visions of dark future tech evolution in subtle and repeating ways. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Years and Years: Dystopian sci-fi that makes Black Mirror feel bubbly," 8 Aug. 2019 The first episode of the Showtime miniseries did quite poorly in the ratings right off the bat. Matthew Gilbert,, "The week in watching: How ‘The Loudest Voice’ measures up, the ‘Big Little Lies’ finale, and Emmy nods," 14 July 2019 Crowe stars as former Fox News head Roger Ailes in the Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice, which will premiere June 30. Rachel Yang,, "Russell Crowe once drunkenly bought a dinosaur head from Leonardo DiCaprio," 20 June 2019 The miniseries is based on the 1994 nonfiction book of the same name. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kate Beckinsale, Mandy Moore, Sandra Oh and 7 Drama Actresses on How They Shape Their Characters," 7 June 2019

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of miniseries

: a story on television that is shown in two or more parts on different days

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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