Worth Noting on TV

By Bunce, Alan | The Christian Science Monitor, July 1, 1993 | Go to article overview

Worth Noting on TV


Bunce, Alan, The Christian Science Monitor


* THURSDAY

Wimbledon (NBC, 1-5 p.m. and 12:50-2:50 a.m.): Women's semifinals from the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London.

Alive TV (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): In case you doubted there was such a thing as TV with a difference - or that TV's summer doldrums were inescapable - note this contrarian little series beginning its ninth season of short works by independent filmmakers. It started life in 1985 as "Alive From Off Center," featuring mainly performance art, dance, and video. These days it offers films - definitely untypical ones at times - that deal, one way or another, with the concept of family, its producers say. The opener - "A Short Film Festival for Television" - comprises four shorts that are not likely to be confused with "The Cosby Show." The first, "Fugitive Love," focuses on a girl who is jilted by her boyfriend and looks for solace from family members. "Sour Death Balls" seeks comic effects with the reactions of people trying a fiercely sour candy. …

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