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PBS' Korean War Series
Touches Off New Battle
By JAY SHARBUTT
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK - The Korean War
ended 37 years ago. But a six-hour
PBS documentary, "Korean: The
Unknown War," has touched off a
new battle. The three-night series
began Monday, continues tonight,
and will conclude Wednesday.
Retired Army Gen. R.G. Stilwell,
a regimental commander during the
war and 20 years later the com-
mander of United Nations forces in
South Korea, thinks it is a "revision-
ist" account favoring North Korea
Not so, says Jon Halliday, a Brit-
BO KNOWS 'SESAME STREET1: Athlete Bo Jackson will appear this season to inspire kids to spell ish writer who did the documentary
for Thames Television, a British
commercial network that undertook
Big Bird, Ernie and Oscar the project as a co-production with
Boston public TV station WGBH.
"I think we'll catch flak from UNKNOWN WAR: Truman meets with MacArthur on Wake Island
both the left and the right," says
Start 22nd Season This Week WGBH executive producer Austin
Hoyt, who says he shot new inter-
views and rewrote some portions of
The latter is a Chicago-based his-
American effort to come to the aid of
a nation under siege and stay the
the show to create a more balanced tory professor with whom Halliday course and secure the freedom of
By JAY SHARBUTT account. wrote a book on the war. He is that country," he said.
AP Television Writer
The show's U.S. version, narrat- among those interviewed in the se-
ed by an American, includes inter- ries. The show doesn't favor the com-
NEW YORK - This week, Big munist side, Halliday said by phone
Bird, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and views with North Korean officers "I think they made a very good
who fought in the war and North Ko- contribution to see the Korean War from London. In fact, he said, the
others start their 22nd season wan- Chinese "refused to cooperate with
dering along that public television rean civilians. in the context of Korea," Hoyt said.
In one exotic case, there are com- "But there were a lot of battles at us" in the making of the series.
path that kids of ail ages know as His goal "was to make it as ob-
"Sesame Street." ments by Joshua Chance, a man of Thames between the official British
Jamaican-Chinese ancestry who military historians and Cumings and jective as possible," he said. "That
There are a few changes. Two is, you have to listen to the voices of
teen-agers are joining the cast. So is Halliday says was with the massive Halliday over who was responsible
army of Chinese "volunteers" sent for the war, and whether the United the competing parties. But it's abso-
a Claymation creature, Cecille Ball. lutely not pro-North Korean or pro-
Oscar's mother will come to visit. into the war when U.N. troops States presence was a destructive
-pushed up to the Yalu River in late one." communist."
Whoopi .Goldberg and Robin Wil-
liams each will be in two "Sesame" 1950. Hoyt asked Stilwell to look at the His assessment of Hoy t's version
shows. The show revives old controver- series and offer comments, and ini- of the series: "I think there is a tilt
And the new "Street" season will sies about the war, including the tially he was listed as a consultant towards what I would call sort of the
concern race relations. It will try to charges of North Korea, which in- on the WGHB version. He later official U.S. position."
show pre-schoolers that it's the vaded the South with troops and asked that his name and those of two
heart and mind, not skin color, that tanks in June 1950, that South Korea colleagues be deleted. The request All is well between Hoyt and
started the conflict. was granted. Thames officials, according to Hoyt,
matters - even though, as Kermit who says they have backed and are
the Frog so eloquently sang it once, It also re-examines - and inthe The general said he basically ob-
it's not easy being green. WGBH version, generally rebuffs - jects to the series because he consid- pleased with his changes. He's philo-
This week also is a special occa- the communist side's accusation ers it tilted toward the North Korean sophical about the war over the doc-
sion for Joan Gantz Cooney. It's her that the United States waged germ and Chinese viewpoint: umentary .
first season as the ex-chairman of warfare in North Korea, charges "I think they've (the show's mak-
the show's producer, Children's Tel- sharply denied by the United States. ers » shown great cynicism about the
evision Workshop. She turned the But the show is not solely about
reins over last month to David Britt, the three years of combat in which
military casualties on both sides LNIItU/IHIDI?)
a veteran CTW executive who has FhtMtrvs 1
been with the production company came close to 2.4 million, including iclory Square
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But she's staying with CTW, and It also offers views - Korean, So- • SENIOR CITIZENS AT ALL TIMES
especially with "Street," she says, viet, and American - of the forces Play 2'R' 7:30 9:30
because "I want to work entirely on that led to the establishment of l Kin* of Ntw York'K'
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Her renewed involvement with ter World War II.
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"Sesame Street" is due "in some de- of Syngman Rhee in the South and Gftost 'PG-13' 2:10 4:35 7:00 9:2$
gree" to the death last May of Mup- Kim II Sung in the North, the harsh Jacob's
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ated a number of characters for the the North and South have become in
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sive tape library of Henson's char- The origins of the series, Hoyt GHOST PG-13
acters, "I want to make sure that WHOOPI!: Goldberg will visit show to compare coiffeurs with Hoots
says, "were really sort of a revision- isenhouier 1:304:007:009:35
the relationship with the Muppeteers ist view" by Halliday and Bruce
continues very strong, and that we math and science, kids staying after The real ratings drop of "Street" l Sibling
create, maybe, new characters," 1 1:303:305:307:309:30
school because their parents work,' is due mainly to cable's Nickelodeon l Rivalry CHILD'S PLAY 2
she says. "I'm interested in seeing she says. channel aimed at viewers 2 to 15,she Add Pizazz 2:104:357:109:20 7:159:15
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rary." gram in which "Sesame Street" ma- older children come home from Aboard The | The Pistol 'O' 2:20 4:40 7:00 9:30
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course, love. she says. and other problems will be part of 2nd
Last season, the series, which is her work now with the company she Annual
As with the major networks, ca- co-founded.
seen in 80 countries and still is ble, independent stations and video-
aimed at children 2 to 5 years old, cassette players have bitten into "It's like having a 22-year-old
began segments set in a home day- PBS' audience, and "Sesame child," she said of her new role at
care center for tykes. Street" has been among the shows CTW. "The child may not need you
That was done and remains in the affected. But not so much in the full time. But when the child needs
in the South
series "because it's something our morning, Cooney says. you, you're there for it."
audience can identify with," says
"Street" executive producer Dulcy
Singer. Increasing numbers of kids (R;
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