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Networks thinking big for Bicentennial By Lee Margulies LOS.ANGELES (AP) - In case you missed anything during the first 200 years of the United States' existence, stay tuned to your televi- , siori set. It's all coming back. The founding fathers, the presi- . dents, the 50 states, women, minorities, children, science, the Civil War,-.sports, humor, inventions, life-'liberty, the pursuit of happi- riess-4you name the subject and the three networks have a bicentennial angle on it. And not just for prime-time specials, either. There will be plenty of bicentennial shows for children, for. daytime-viewers and for late night insomniacs. , NBC alone is producing more than 165 hours of bicentennial-related programs, and the five stations it owns are developing an additional 70 hours. . ABC "also has announced massive bicentennial production plans, and CBS is expected to follow suit soon. There have been a lot of bicentennial-related programs, already. The informative and entertaining "Bicentennial Minutes" have been running nightly on CBS since last July 4 and will continue-through July 4, .1976. , . CBS has broadcast a series of specials on Benjamin Franklin, and NBC has done the same with Abraham Lincoln. But they have been only appetizers. By comparison, what follows will be a feast. Or a gorging. "We don't want to bore people with overkill; we do want to avoid that," says Elmer W. Lower, the "SHADOW IN THE STREET," (1975) **V2, 8'p.m., O GB Â® Â® Â© Tony Lo Bianco stars as an ex-con .struggling to survive as a parole agent, and the "personable Mr: Bianco brings sympathy to his role, which adds considerably to its interest. He's dealing here with a strict woman ^officer (Shereie North) and a "desperate ex-con and, though the situation may be predictable, John D. F. Black's script manages to be suspenseful. Â»Â· - - . - Â· ' "A CRY FOR HELP," (1975) "Vz, 8:30 p.m. QD Â®. This story follows a sardonic, ex-drunk of a radio-phone-show host as he starts a normal day of puttingÂ«down the parade of kooks who call in his early morning show. Robert Gulp plays the angry radio man, who gets a call from an 18-year-old girl who indicates she's about to kill herself . . . he%cts as if he is sloughing off the threat, but he starts a race with the clock to find the mystery'girl. Well done. . Â· - ' 'Â·Â·" Â· " ' Â· Â· '. - Â· Â· ' ' V'. : ' "-.'Â·'Â· ' .. . : ' "DUNWICH HORROR," (1970) **%, 11:30 p.m:O GD. Here's one about'satanic black masses and demonic rituals, with-Sandra Dee as the young, pretty ithingi.drawn into it all by the outwardly attractive, but inwardly deadly Dean Stockwell -"; Â·'.Â·: Â·;..':' ; ' " ' Â· executive who is coordinating ABC's numerous bicentennial pro" jects. "And I. think we will," he adds, "because the projects are being spaced out over 18 months. I suspect that when you'll feel it the most is July 4, 1976. "I think on that day people may think they can't turn anywhere on their dial without getting Bicentennial." Certainly you won't be able to turn to NBC for relief on that day. It plans unprecedented, 24-hour coverage of special events commemorating America's 200th birth- Â· day. ," --VV " : Â· Entertainment segments and portions of sports contests willbe interspersed with live coverage from around the country, running Radio Classics Classical music scheduled to be broadcast "over radio stations WTIP and WTIO-FM at 5 p.m. today includes Schumann's "Car-: nival Op. 9" featuring pianist Gary Uraltriian;. Vivaldi's "Concerto No. 11 in D Major, Op. 8" . with Pinchas Zukerman conducting the English Chamber Orchestra; Mozart's "Andante from Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra; featuring- pianist Robert Casadesus with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. , At 10 p.m. the stations will present excerpts from "I Can Hear It Now" by Edward R. Morrow.. "Inner City" based on- the book "The Inner City Mother Goose," will be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. 344-3637 ECONORENT COMMUmCtTKINS DW.MEXmTTCON. from midnight to midnight. Until then, however, TV executives say they think the bicentenni-~ al programs will be diversified enough and scheduled at sufficient intervals to^avoid glutting the audi- ,ence. "I think the spacing will be enough so it won't-seem like we're stuffing it down your throat," says Lower. The heavy bicentennial programming begins next Friday!, July 4, when NBC's "Tomorrow" show opens the day with a six-hour binge. The program, running from the time "The TonightShow'' ends until "Today" begins, will feature host Tom Snyder interviewing a succession of guests about how the bicentennial relates.tp their field of expertise. These will be interspersed with "man-in-the-street" interviews with peopje around the country. Then "Today" will have the first of 53 shows devoted to the. bicentennial: ^ Every Friday until Independence Day next year, the show will ad^ dress itself to an in-depth look at one of the states, plus the cities of Washington and Philadelphia. One other topic is still to be chosen. The first installment will deal with the nation's capital. After that, the 50 states will be saluted, generally in reverse order of their admission to the Union, beginning with Hawaii and concluding with each of the 13 original colonies. Among the specials planned for the coming year are: ^Overviews of American achievements in science and sports, both from ABC. . .*A two-hour, look by NBC at the impact that inventions by Americans Have had oh the country and the world. Â»-Three 90-mihute documentaries from NBC News examining the concepts of "Life," "Liberty" and "TheiPursuit of Happiness" as embodied in the Declaration of Inde- 'periderice; the latter trio of programs will be reworked for presentation to children, too. Also for the kids, NBC is producing is^half-hour programs for its "GO-USA" series oh: Saturday morning; They, are about young people who played important roles in American history. And ABC will devote most of its Sunday morning "Make a Wish" series to bicentennial-related themes. ; On the dramatic side, ABC is ALUMINUM SIDING WE COVER All TRW, ANDOVERHANC making television films about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, . and about Pocahontas. NBC will offer three more installments of "Sandburg's Lincoln" and also has scheduled dramatizations of George Washington at Valley Forge, the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the historic meeting at PotsSam of President Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin. - , . - Why are the networks hitting the bicentennial theme so hard? "We see it as an opportunity to re-examine the American dream," offers James E. Duffy, president of ABC Television. "I think it's something we need right now--something uniting us together after recent: problems in Washington and with the economy," says Robert T. Howard, president of NBC "Television. But will today's problems and the country's shortcomings of years past be glossed over in a;flurry of glorifying the United States? "A lot of it will be flag waving,'' admits Howard, "but a lot of it will not be. "And I think we should do it. After all, what do you do at a birthday party? You get up and you have a good time. 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