An Early Frost is a American made-for-television drama film and the first major film, made for television or feature films, to deal with the topic of AIDS. ESSENTIAL TELEMOVIES: An Early Frost (). It is entirely possible that “An Early Frost” may be the greatest telemovie ever aired by the networks. Whoever. November 10, "An Early Frost," an enigmatically titled CBS offering, tells the story of a young attorney who contracts AIDS and then has to endure And for what it is and what it tries to do, "An Early Frost" is a neatly executed little film. Ben Gazzara as Nick Pierson, Gena Rowlands as Katherine Pierson, Aidan Quinn as Michael Aidan Quinn in An Early Frost () An Early Frost ().