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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGES Five-year plan to revitalize TV drama Preview of new season CBC programs By JAMES NELSON TORONTO (CP) Tht CBC is swinging its public af fairs television program; towards "people problems' and is launching a five-yeai plan to revitalize TV drama. These announcements wen made Thursday by the twc men in charge after two days of previewing the CBC-TV fal and winter program scheduk for reporters and critics. Knowlton Nash, head of in formation broadcasting foi the English network, said tlu public affairs broadcasts which hitherto have beer concentraled on Sundaj nights, will be spread through the week. they will dea, with public questions from tht point of view of the peoplt affected, rather than merely as public issues. Thorn Benson, head ol entertainment TV. said a new drama department head will be appointed at the end of Oc- tober, and the five-year plan approved by the CBC's top management will concentrate on the development of Cana- dian TV drama writers. For the season which start- ed last weekend, the new imported show is CBS--, TV's U.S. award winner, The Waltons, starring Richard: Thomas as John-Boy It is a story of a poor lamily growing up in Virginia during the Great Depression. It will be seen on CBC-TV Sunday nights, five days before each episode is shown in the U.S. From the CBC is importing 26 one-hour episodes, The World of War, produced by Thomes Television, with Sir Laurence Olivier narrating the story of the Second World War. It is scheduled for Friday nights, starting Sept. 21. BACKGROUND Mr. Nash said CBC-TV news, under the direction of chief editor Denis Harvey, will concentrate more on the why and how of news events, giving viewers more background. The new emphasis on people problems will become evident in January when a new pro- gram dealing with consumer affairs and an ombudsman show is launched. A new show Tuesdays will be Up Canada, which Mr. Nash said will have a sharp edge and perhaps goad public authorities. Mr. Nash had originally planned a general overhaul of CBC public affairs programs for the season of 1974-75. But while he was on vacation on a remote Caribbean island this summer, the CBC decided to introduce some of the new programs this season. He said he was not in dis- agreement with the decision, but would have preferred to have been consulted before it was made. He also said in an interview he had CBC management promises not to make such decisions again in his absence. Mr. Benson has been acting drama head since Fletcher Markle asked several months ago to go back to more active drama production. Mr. Markle has been devel- oping a new drama series, The Play's the Thing, which is en- couraging established Cana- dian authors to write special plays for TV. It makes its debut in January. Mr. Benson also said the CBC has been trying to over- come "the Toronto look" in many of its shows. He wanted "a Canadian look" but it is hard to find one in such a diverse country. Mr. Nash said 20 to 25 per cent of the news and public affairs broad- casting in the new season will come from places other than Toronto. The Canadian segment of Sesame Street will be doubled, to eight to 10 minutes a day. Juliette will be seen in a daytime half-hour show five days a week. And Norman Campbell, who last year produced an award-winning National Ballet show, The Sleeping Beauty, has done one with the Feux Follets for this season. SERIOUS ATTEMPT News shows include the CBC's first serious attempt at situation comedy, Delilah, about a lady barber, to be broadcast Thursdays, and The Collaborators, a crime detec- tion show, Sundays. There will be four Wayne and Shuster comedy specials, and five half-hour imports based on the Peanuts comic strip. There is also a new hockey instruction show for youngsters with retired NHL player Howie Meeker. There will be 500 hours de- voted to sports during the 5.- OOOhour season, and some ma- jor changes are to be announc- ed in the personalities engag- ed for Hockey Night in Canada. The CBC will telecast the Grey Cup in November and the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in January. 'Sanford and Son' opens on drama note Maureen Arthur guest- stars as drama coach Marilyn O'Neill, who comes to the Sanford home to tutor Lamont Sanford (Demond Wilson) in private for a dramatic role in "Lamont as the third season premiere of "Sanford and Friday. Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. on Channel 13. Fred Sanford (Redd Fox- accompanied by his friend Bubba (Don Bex- returns home unex- pectedly and almost has a real heart seizure when he sees Lamont and Marilyn in the choking scene from "Othello." Lamont is m for a bigger shock when Fred becomes involved in a real life drama with Marilyn's, parents (Jack Manning and Ann Nathaniel Taylor plays his role of Rollo. The fun in movie-making gone laments Dan Dailey They don't make movies the way they used to, Dan Dailey was saying. "They still make good films, but the fun has gone out of movie he said. "It's strictly business now and the people putting up the money are very ner- vous because they can lose their shirts very easily. "Before television, the studios couldn't help but make said Dailey, who this coming season will star in "Faraday and part of the "CTV Friday Night Movie." "The studios owned a big percentage of the theatres and each studio might have under contract 35 or 40 stars. They would grind out 60 movies a year, each with two or three of the stars in it and everybody made a lot of money. "In those days people would say, 'Well, it's Satur- day, let's go to the movies.' It didn't even matter what was playing. They just Too Many Payments? No Extra Cash? Homeowners Borrow on The equity in your property and Mid-City will, lend you the money. It's that simple! NORMAN J.GIESBRECHT And being a homeowner entitles you to one low payment- perhaps 50% less than you're paying now. Also Morgage Loans Available For Home Improvements Real Estate Purchases Business Capital Any worthwile purpose Out of town Inquiriw, wrtcomi lor more Informition Call 329-0556 evenings and weekends 328-0005 MID-CITY MORGAGE CO. LTD. 1265 3rd Avenue South Lethbridge 'Thanks to you it's working The United Way' went Now, with television, people are much more selective. "What I miss most is the friendly feeling the studios used to have. If you worked 11 years at a studio as I did at 20th-century Fox you got to know everybody and there was a great friendly feeling." Dailey says he doesn't particularly enjoy seeing himself in old movies on TV these days. He gets no rnoney for them. That's one reason, but not the only one. "When I see the real old ones when I was young I cry a he said. lid r burn lo be si fir r 1 1 n t move PUBLIC APPEARANCES are routine for Ava Gardner. In this oase, it is not m connection with a movie, however, but an afternoon at the races in Madrid, Spam, her home for most of the past two decades. HOLLYWOOD (ABC) Barbara Eden stars as Francine, a woman afflicted by a charming ex- husband who just will not get out of her life in Six Weeks in August, an ABC Movie of the Week which has begun production in Los Angeles. Dean Jones stars as George, the irresponsible and irrepressible ex- husband who thinks nothing of moving his new bride, baby and dog in with Fran- cine when his vacation plans go Other cast members in the Mark Carhner produc- tion are Suzzane Benton as the new wife, Ken Mars as a man who'd like to date Francine alone, and Reta Shaw as a mother-in- law to top all mothers-in- law ;