Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links (plus one more...)
...with a few more likely to pop up, as frequently, thanks to all you contributors of these reviews and remembrances, and to you readers of them at the links below. Please let me know if I've missed yours or someone else's in comments. Todd Mason
Bill Crider: The Big Town (trailer)
Brian Arnold: Animalympics
Chuck Esola: S*P*Y*S
Ed Gorman: ABC's Movie of the Week
Ellen Gallagher: Acting in Murder Rooms
Evan Lewis: (Heckle & Jeckle) "The Power of Thought"
George Kelley: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Five
Iba Dawson: So Young So Bad
Ivan Shreve: Upcoming on Turner Classic Movies
Jack Seabrook: Robert Bloch on TV: "The Landady" (Alfred Hitchcock Presents:)
James Reasoner: Garrison's Guerillas
John Charles: Lisa Lisa (aka Axe aka...)
Kate Laity: Penda's Fen
Michael Shonk: Broken Badges: "Chucky"
Patti Abbott: Slings and Arrows
Prashant Trikannad: The Day After and...
Randy Johnson: Bad Day at Black Rock
Rod Lott: Fright Night on Channel 9; Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th
Ron Scheer: “The Significance of the Frontier in an Age of Transnational History”
Scott Cupp: The Man from Planet X
Sergio Angelini: Paranoiac
Stephen Gallagher: Murder Rooms
Todd Mason: Channel 13, Newark, New Jersey/New York, New York Most of my paying gig involves working with various public broadcasting networks and stations in the US, and the US arms of a few international public broadcasting networks. Channel 13 in New York City (with a license assignment to Newark) has been an innovative station throughout its history, not least (in its years as WNTA, the National Telefilm Associates station) with the ambitious syndicated The Play of the Week (1959-1961), which put the likes of Waiting for Godot, Juno and the Paycock, and The Cherry Orchard on commercial stations, averaging better thus than even such revered live anthologies as Studio One or Playhouse 90 from a few seasons earlier. WNTA apparently was not a big moneymaker, however, and a group hoping to establish NYC's first (though not the nation's first, by any means) educational television station began organizing to make a bid on the license...and by 1962, were successful. WNDT, as today's WNET was first known, was born with a broadcast hosted by Edward Murrow, of which this is a portion:
WNET became one of the central stations in the loose NET (National Educational Television) network and one of the contributors to the Public Broadcast Laboratory newsmagazine+ project...two entities which were contributors to the eventual formation of PBS in 1970. Such regional networks as the Eastern Educational Network, the first US importers of Doctor Who and Monty Python, became the basis of the major public-broadcasting syndicators, in that case American Public Television (perhaps best known currently for Globe Trekker and the now on "hiatus" Ebert Presents: At the Movies).
NET had at least one impressive dramatic showcase of its own, in NET Showcase:
Yvette Banek: The Harvey Girls; Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death