The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 29
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 29

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 16, 1998
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^ may 17-23, 1998 Listings for North-Central and Northwest Kansas SALJNA CABLE CHANNELS CHANNEL VCR* 09 03 STATION KOOD, Bunker Hill. PBS KSNW. Wichita. NBC 13 KAAS, Sallna/Wlchila, Fox 06 WIBW. Topska. CSS —— ! L' j—=— K VIBW. Topska ACCESS 6,! Salina 08 WDAF, Kansas City, Fox 26 KPTS, Wichita. PBS KMBC, Kansas City. ABC 10 KAKE, Wichita (UHF 22), ABC 12 KWCH, Wlchlta/Hutohlnson, CBS KSHB, Kansas City. NBC 43 WTBS. Atlanta, Encore! 75 Inemax SUuz 37 42 HBO (Home Box Office) Discovery Channel CNN (Cable News Network) 35 t/X 38 AHC (American Movie Classics) USA Network Nickelodeon 49 MTV (Music Television) TNN (Tho Nashville Network) Comedy Central 34 Odyssey ESPN 47 ESPN2 FAM (Family Channel) illy C (Te 52 TNT (Turner Network Television! _7B TOON (Cartoon Network) SCI Fl 31 Animal Planet 74 Lifetime 36 CNBC Encore Plex Home a Garden 51' TLC (The Learning Channel) 56 Fox Sports 39 A4E (Arts & Entertainment) 57 BET (Black Entertainment TV) 30 Unlvltlon (en Espanol) 53 Disney El Entertainment Showtime SAUNA CHANNELS NOT LISTED 3. STATION Prevue Weather Channel Education Access - Salina Government Access - Salina Headline News (CNN II) C-Span Home Shopping Network QVC Country Mualc TV VH1 Fit TVlCable Health Club) C-Span2 Court TV MSNBC Knowledge TV FYI - The Information Station Fox News Food Network America's Jewelry Store (Spreel) """*Bequest (pay-per-view) Playboy/Action NON-SALINA CHANNELS CHANNEL VCB* STATION O5 KHAS. Hastings. Neb.. NBC m w UO (HI us (5) (10) (13) (Z7) TCM TMC WGN 07 KBSH, Hays. CBS 22 KPNE, North Plane, Neb.. PBS 1 1 KTWU. Topeka, PBS 04 KHGI, Hastings, Neb., ABC 73 Trinity, Santa Ana, Calif. (UHF 15) 20 KCTV. Kansas Clry, CBS 10 KOLN. Lincoln. Neb.. CBS 17 FOX, Superior, Neb. 27 KSNT, Topeka. ABC 72 Turner Claute Movies 58 The Movie Channel 55 WON, Chicago SATELLITE STATIONS and their originating stations: For PBS Lexington, Neb., see S3 fat ABC Superior, Hayes Center, Neb., see (H) For NBC Great Bend and Oberlin, see O For CBS Dodge City and Goodland, see 19 For ABC Colby, see CD VCR PLUS* 1MSTANT PROGRAMMER: The numbers next to each channel, as well as the PtusCode numbers on the primetime grids, sports log and some daytime listings, are for those with VCR Plus* devices for VCR taping. The numbers above must be programmed Into the VCR. To tape a program, enter the PlusCode number printed with the program listing and the program will be automatically recorded. For information , call 1-800-4321-VCR or 1-80O-2S84-VCR. FINAL CONFRONTATION 'Murphy Brown'signs off after decade of laughs, controversy By LYNN ELBER The Associated Press L OS ANGELES — How could Murphy Brown have missed? With the face of Candice Bergen, a mouth like Sam Donaldson and the brass to go toe to toe with the vice president of the United States, we couldn't ignore her. She was more than a vivid television character; she was a new kind of virtual reality. Murphy shook off '80s addictions, reveled in her career ambition and then, with genuine political fanfare, became a '90s kind of mother. When she made headlines, it was in her fictional world and in our real one as well. Let "Seinfeld" sail into the TV reference books for merrily exploiting nothing much; "Murphy Brown" earned a place in history as part of the national wrestling match over the meaning of family values. If Murphy's audience and clout have shrunk in recent years, she still rates a big sendoff in her 10th season. The hourlong farewell, at 8 p.m. Monday on CBS, includes juicy cameos by Bette Midler, Julia Roberts and George Clooney. There is sentiment as well as wit as Murphy endures a final confrontation with breast cancer, considers leaving her beloved "FYI" news magazine and even manages a chat with God (as played by a well-tailored Alan King). Cast members Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, Faith Ford and Lily Tomlin each get a well-deserved chance to shine. It's a righteous ending for a series that counted for more than laughs — a proud fact for series creator Diane English. "Murphy Brown" initially gained attention for casting the glamorous, movie-pedigreed Bergen as a brassy TV journalist, a part that won her five Em- mys. The fit between the actress and the role made the show, English said. And the series' unabashed topicality made it sizzle. "I think we broke through some barriers regarding the way women are portrayed on television. And I think we broke through some barriers with political satire," English said. "In the first half of our life we were really firing on all cylinders." And making noise. In the premiere episode on Nov. 14,1988, Murphy grills a man believed to be involved with a married woman who is a vice presidential candidate. The alleged paramour has a few questions of his own for the reporter. "Do you think the press deserves to know everything? Do people deserve to File photo Candice Bergen won five Emmys in her portrayal of Murphy Brown. The hourlong series finale is at 8 p.m. Monday on CBS. know everything?" English recalled. "It's the same questions we're dealing with 10 years later." That, remember, was the year after would-be president Gary Hart was reduced to a Donna Rice side dish. "I think the first season was really exciting for us," English said, "because we were too stupid to know any better. We were really so innocent about what we could and couldn't do." Murphy could have warned us: You ain't seen nothing yet. In the 1991-92 season, the unmarried character got pregnant, decided to keep the baby — and became an improbable part of the '92 presidential campaign as the line between fiction and reality warped. A debate started as then-Vice President Dan Quayle accused the series of mocking the value of fatherhood; the show, in turn, mocked Quayle and accused him of polarizing America over a serious issue for political gain. "We were simply a flash point, a cultural flash point, around which a much- needed debate occurred," English said.

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