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					                                                                                                                                                                                      * * * * Savannah Morning News, Tuesday, November 13, 1990                               7C

  Television/Entertainment

                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                             and China.
                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                        Cumings.
                                                                                                                                                                                            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
for 18 years.                                                                                                                                 33,629 U.S. combatiiead.                                            066 OMO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • SHOWS STARTING BEFORE 4 PM
     But she's staying with CTW, and                                                                                                               It also offers views - Korean, So-                                                           • SENIOR CITIZENS AT ALL TIMES
                                                                                                                                                                                          Child's                      1:503:405:30
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'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2:40 4:50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           7:00 9:15
the creative side and the strategic                                                                                                           North and South Korea when Korea            l Graveyard       No Bcraain     2:45 4:50
                                                                                                                                                                                            Shift'ft'           Day        7:30 9:35 l     THE PISTOL
planning side."                                                                                                                               was divided at the 38th Parallel af-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Fantasia 'G'          2:004:307:059:25!        1:003:055:107:159:20
     Her renewed involvement with                                                                                                             ter World War II.
                                                                                                                                                   It also looks at the rise to power     LiftM UP'PG-13'           2:104:407:109:30       REVERSAL OF FORTUNE                  R
"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$
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1:003:105:207:309:40
gree" to the death last May of Mup-                                                                                                           Kim II Sung in the North, the harsh         Jacob's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SIBLING RIVALRY                  PG-13
pet-master Jim Henson, who cre-                                                                                                                                                           Ladder                     2:154:357:109:301     1:153:10 5:05 7:00 9:00
                                                                                                                                              life under their regimes, and what         IMarfctd             No Bargain     2:40 4:45     MEMPHIS BELLE                    PG-13
ated a number of characters for the                                                                                                           the North and South have become in
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                                                                                                                                                                                         [For Dtath'R'           Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1:103:155:207:309:35
show, including Kermit.                                                                                                                       the years following the armed truce                  Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2:05 4.35
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7:009:25       QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER               PG-13
     Although the series has an exten-                                                                                                        that ended the war.                                                                          1:304:007:009:35
 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
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 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
 that the show stays very contempo-           The other is a planned pilot pro- says. It occurs in the afternoon when                              To Your Holiday Party                  l Mr. Destiny'PG-ir 2:1 S 4:30 7:109:30          GRAVEYARD SHIFT
 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           7:109:10
     It is that, having gone from four    terials and books would be used for school and commandeer the TV set.                                    Spirit of Savannah                                                                      DREAMS
                                                                                                                                                                                          l White Palace'R' 2:304:507:159:25               7:00 9:20
 to five basic educational goals its      children's activities in Dallas day-                                                                      Paddle Wheeler
                                                                                                                                                            Call                            Graveyard i*i          1:40 3:40 MO            MARKED FOR DEATH
 first year to a teach-while-entertain-   care centers.                              At such times, she says, "the lit-                                                                      Shift 'R'      D«y      7:40 9-M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           7:05 9:05
 ing "curriculum" for pre-schoolers                                              tle kid that might want to watch                                     803-785-4558
 that Cooney estimates has covered            Also afoot for next season, but on 'Sesame Street' is overpowered by
 200 topics.                              PBS, is an as-yet untitled literacy his or her older sibling."
     They include sibling rivalry, pre-   series to teach reading and writing
 science, death, adoption and, of         skills to children 7 to 12 years old,     Pondering ways to deal with this
 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.


                                                                                                                                                       Christmas JVIade
 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;
  wind up in day-care centers or after-                                                 "AUMOOUS.
  school programs because their par-                                     \ COMEW WITH ATOIK TIME."                                                                                                             Savannah Civic Center
  ents, whether divorced or still mar-                                                      •Rk-hardGoriiss. TIM K
  ried, must work to make ends meet.                                                                                                                                                                           Liberty at Montgomery, Savannah, GA
      "Children are much more in day
  care and after-school programs
  now," says Cooney, who because of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               NOV. 16, 17, 18, 1990
                                                                         Tkt GMT efGnu Vo* Jfcfcnu A* American Saga of Monty and Myttery.
  that has two projects afoot, neither                                                                                                                                                                        'pri. & Sat.- 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  intended for TV.
      One is to develop after-school                                                                                                                                                                           Sunday - Noon to 6:00 p.m.
  "packages" using CTW's other edu-                       1:003:105:20
  cational shows, "Square One" and
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