Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's O'brien vs. Costner in a Battle of the Earps

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's O'brien vs. Costner in a Battle of the Earps

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KEVIN COSTNER is Wyatt Earp? Naah, Hugh O'Brian is Wyatt Earp. To prove it, O'Brien, who played Earp in the 1950s Western series, reprises the role of the legendary lawman in "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone," a TV movie that mixes new footage with excerpts from the old TV show. It's scheduled for July 2 on CBS. (You don't think the timing has anything to do with the big Costner Western coming out June 24, do you?)

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If you're excited about KETC's repeat of "The Civil War" beginning tonight, get a grip. Once again, the public TV station is interrupting the documentary with pledge breaks. Cries of outrage after that was done in March 1991 led Channel 9 to rebroadcast the whole series, intact, in July of that year.

"The Civil War" remains PBS' most popular show ever, so it's no wonder that it seems like an ideal pledge-drive lure. But as one viewer complained, chopping up Ken Burns' masterpiece "is like interrupting a Mass for commercials." (That probably happens, too.)

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Viewers for Quality Television is asking fans of Fox's canceled "South Central" to write to Fox chief Lucie Salhany and ask that the series be reinstated. Salhany's address: Fox Broadcasting, Box 900, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90213. VQT wants copies of the letters sent to its office: P.O. Box 195, Fairfax Station, Va. 22039.

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"TV Nation," a "comedic investigative magazine show" from acerbic film maker Michael Moore ("Roger & Me"), will get a summer tryout on NBC at 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning July 19.

In his unique (to say the least) style, Moore will cover subjects from real-estate sales near the Love Canal to catching a cab in New York City if you're black (illustrated with actor Yaphet Kotto of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" on one corner and a convicted white felon on another) to the one I can't wait for: pets on Prozac.

Moore's team of correspondents will include Merrill Markoe (former David Letterman writer and girlfriend), MTV's Karen Duffy, author Ben Hamper ("Rivethead"), Spy magazine's Louis Theroux and comedian Jonathan Katz.

"TV Nation" is a "radical departure" from the glut of other newsmags, Moore says, because "we don't have the credentials or the wardrobe of most TV correspondents. …

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