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55 min
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Thriller
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 wins & 26 nominations
Country: USA
Filming Locations: California State University Channel Islands - One University Drive, Camarillo, California, USA
Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan
Amanda Aday
Amanda Aday
Valeria Hernandez
Valeria Hernandez
Michael J. Anderson
Adrienne Barbeau
Clancy Brown
Brother Justin Crowe
Debra Christofferson
Tim DeKay
Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones
Clea DuVall
Cynthia Ettinger
Rita Sue Dreifuss
Carla Gallo
Libby Dreifuss
Toby Huss
Felix 'Stumpy' Dreifuss
Nick Stahl
Ben Hawkins
Brian Turk
Craig DeSilva
Promo Announcer (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
Diane Salinger
Patrick Bauchau
Professor Ernst Lodz
Ralph Waite
Reverend Norman Balthus
John Savage
Henry 'Hack' Scudder
Scott MacDonald
Robert Knepper
Tommy Dolan
Michael Stellman
Fire Eater
John Fleck
Karyne Steben
John Carroll Lynch
Varlyn Stroud
Sarah Steben
Blake Shields
Larry Vigus
Nicholas Garren
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The Russian soldier's (Michael Massee) name is Lucius Belyakov.
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Both K Callan and Cynthia Ettinger have played Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent. K Callan played Martha Kent in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." Ettinger was the original Martha Kent on the series "Smallville," but before the pilot aired her scenes were reshot with Annette O'Toole, who now plays that role on the series. Also, another Superman connection is Clancy Brown, who voices Lex Luthor in the Superman and Justice League cartoons.
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Michael J. Anderson was a guest star on "Humbug," a 1995 episode of "The X-Files" in which he played a hotel owner who was offended when Mulder mistook him for a carnival worker (the episode was about a town inhabited by a large number of retired or wintering carnies). In Carnivàle (2003), Anderson plays the head of a traveling carnival.
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Sofie consistently deals Tarot cards incorrectly. When shown taking cards from the deck and placing them face-up on the table, she always turns them lengthwise, thereby inverting the card from its position in the deck. Since a Tarot card has a different meaning if upside-down, cards should always be turned over sideways, so that if they are right-side-up in the deck, they remain so in the spread.
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In Episode 20, Stumpy invites Jonesy to dinner as the talk next to the Colossus Wheel. Near the end of the conversation, Jonesy's hair parts to the other side.
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Somewhere in the episode 23, Sofie is cleaning the floor with a mop. However, the modern mop was invented in 1956.
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Samson: Before the beginning, after the great war between Heaven and Hell, God created the Earth and gave dominion over it to the crafty ape he called man. And to each generation was born a creature of light and a creature of darkness. And great armies clashed by night in the ancient war between good and evil. There was magic then, nobility, and unimaginable cruelty. And so it was until the day that a false sun exploded over Trinity, and man forever traded away wonder for reason.
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Ruthie: That ain't funny.
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Samson: Lyle, I'm tellin' you this operation is 100% legit.
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How does the magic work in Carnivale? What are Avatars?
In the Carnivale universe there are beings of power known as Avatars. Each generation has two Avatars, one Light and one Dark who are drawn into conflict with each other. There are two Avataric bloodlines with the "mantle" of Avatar status being passed from father to son. The mothers of avatars are usually driven insane by the process. An Avatar's supernatural status gives him certain vaguely defined supernatural powers. The most common of these is the ability to sense the presence, and condition, of their opposite number. At the time of Carnivale Ben Hawkins and Justin Crowe are the respective avatars of Light and Dark. Both are able to sense the presence of the other and occasionally their condition, both also receive prophetic visions. Other than that Ben's most frequently used ability is an ability to heal, while Justin most commonly uses an ability which instills fear in others. However, they are also shown using other powers, such as when Justin telepathically summons Varlyn Stroud to be his servant.
Who is Henry Scudder? Why is Everyone After Him? How is He Connected to Management?
Henry "Hack" Scudder is an American drifter who is his generation's Avatar of Dark. It is revealed in the series that he is also the father of Ben Hawkins.It turns out that Management is really a disfigured Russian nobleman named Lucius Belyakov who is his generation's Avatar of Light.Scudder and Belyakov had come into conflict while both were serving in WWI. Belyakov is the Russian soldier seen by Ben Hawkins in his dreams. The encounter left Belyakov physically disfigured and Scudder emotionally damaged.The reason that everyone is searching for Scudder has to do with the nature of Avataric magic in the universe of Carnivale. When a new Avatar is born he is considered a Prince. He has power, but as long as the elder Avatar of his line lives he is unable to assume his full power. In order for a Prince to receive his full power, known as a "Boon", he must kill the elder Avatar of his nature. If the elder Avatar is unwilling to be killed then the Prince must take his life by surprise. If the elder Avatar dies by some other means then the Boon is lost until the next generation.While the mantle of Avataric power is passed from father to son, the nature of their affiliation with regard to Light and Dark is not. That is why Scudder, an Avatar of Dark, was able to father Ben Hawkins, an Avatar of Light. While each Avatar has a nature which drives them towards either good or evil, they are also possessed of free will. Scudder was increasingly haunted by his nature as an Avatar of Dark sought to isolate himself from loved ones who might be hurt, as well as trying to self medicate away his problems with alcohol. Scudder also realized that there was, or soon would be, a younger Avatar of Dark who would look to claim his Boon. Seeking to prevent this, Scudder went into hiding, first joining the carnival at the center of the series. Later Scudder would flee from the carnival, even going so far as to disfigure his face in an effort to hide from those who sought him.At some point after Scudder left the carnival, Belyakov came looking for him in America. Belyakov sought to kill Scudder before the Avatar of Dark could pass on his Boon. To try and find Scudder, Belyakov bought the carnival and set himself up as the mysterious Management. Belyakov took the carnival around the country, using the travel to look for Scudder. This secret motive helps explain why the carnival travels to odd out of the way places where they are unlikely to make much money. Rather than traveling a circuit based on how much money they can make, Management directs the carnival's travels according to where he thinks Hank Scudder might be hiding.In the first season we also learn that Justin Crowe, this generation's Avatar of Dark, is the biological son of Lucius Belyakov. Crowe's mother, driven insane by the experience of birthing an Avatar, believes that Belyakov means to kill her and her children and takes them to America. Until the very end of his life, Belyakov did not know that his son was alive or that he was the Avatar of Dark.
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Linda Hunt Amy Madigan Amanda Aday Valeria Hernandez Ryan Hanson Bradford