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Television movie

A television movie (also "TV movie", "TV-movie", "made-for-TV movie", etc.) is a photoplay that does not normally feature in cinemas but is produced for, and released to, television only. It is commonly considered a type of movie, but some people restrict the latter term to those that do play in cinemas.

TV movies tend to be inexpensively produced and often feature B-actors or stars whose career is in decline. They are typically made by smaller crews and they rarely feature expensive special effects.

Often a successful series may spawn a TV movie sequel after ending its run, and TV movies may also be used as the first episode of a series.

TV movies are often broadcast on major networks during sweeps season, or on cable networks that specialize in producing them such as HBO.

A variant is Direct-to-video movies.

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