Furor Over Fugitive
TVTV moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles shortly after "Gerald Ford's America" was broadcast, ostensibly because the group was going to work on "Prime Time," an 18-part series for KCET, the Los Angeles public TV station. The series, "a fictionalized account of the history of television," would be used as fillers at the end of a series of original TV dramas. TVTV was restless to move on to new and different challenges, and Los Angeles and Hollywood represented a test of their professionalism. "Fictional TV is a new direction," Megan Williams remarked. "We don't want to be known just as a documentary group. We're already into something new." 1 But there were other reasons for TVTV's move.
TVTV members had enjoyed living in San Francisco, but they had established virtually no relation to the city. All their work had been done in Houston, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. "San Francisco gives you style and that's it," Allen Rucker said. "Maybe in the Sixties it was a place to start out, but it's not in the Seventies. . . . The culture movers in San Francisco . . . rest on what they did in the past," he added. 2 Perhaps most irritating of all was the fact that San Francisco public television had never funded any of their work. "They've been a real hassle," Megan Williams complained. "They always express interest and then back down.""Public TV is a turkey limping along not doing anything," Hudson Marquez bitterly coneluded. 3
With the move to Los Angeles, TVTV members split off to work on individual projects, pushing decentralization even further than in "Gerald Ford's America." With success came a desire to explore individual interests, and the all-for-one camaraderie of earlier productions no longer proved TVTV's guiding spirit. At the time it did not seem to be a major shift, but rather a natural progression that allowed individuals a chance to work on their own projects with the support