Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 11, 1976 · Page 83
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 83

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
Page 83
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Tame conventions don't rate glare By Jay Fredericks Well, the Democratic National Convention begins this week and that means a lot of television viewers are going to be unhappy. The convention, on NBC and CBS at least, will replace all regularly scheduled programs and there are few things less pleased in this world than a man whose Archie Bunker has been preempted by one of the delegates from East Lethargy making an endless speech about he party platform. ABC, realizing this fact, has opted for the second year for running its usual evening schedule of shows, interrupting Ihem from time to time for special convention reports whenever anything exciting is happening. This may not be very often since Jimmy Carter's sudden surge to invincibility has turned the Democratic convention into a coronation. About the only surprise left - and how long it will remain a surprise in the leaky security of a national convention is questionable - is who Carter will choose as his running mate. Way back there a month or two ago NBC and CBS were praying fervently that Carter wouldn't pick off those delegates as easily as he picks peanuts on his farm and that the Democrats would come to New York spoiling for a good fight which would make for good, audience producing television. The networks speak piously about cutting down on violence but they positively drool at the thought of a knock down, drag out, no holds barred convention floor fight. But it's not to be. At least not with the Democrats. Sunday Soio The Republican convention still holds promise of becoming a gory bloodletting although with a month to go, it's possible that President Ford or Reagan will be able to get enough delegates together to take all the fun out of that one too. The conventions always give the television networks ratings fits. The great viewing audience just doesn't watch the conventions un- less.there is the prospect of a huge fight (and even then, the ratings figures don't come up to what they'd be on one of the top entertainment shows) but the network news departments have made total coverage of them into a status fight. And ever fearful of the response from Capitol Hill where every congressman feels it his constitutional right to appear live on camera at least once during the convention the network executives allow themselves to think about dropping convention coverage entirely only in the innermost recesses of their minds in the dark of night. It would seem that some sort of happy compromise might be struck which would keep the television fans happy and the politicians happy and allow television to do its public duty. If the three networks would get together and divide convention coverage among themselves - NBC taking it one night, CBS the next, ABC the next - those Television Movies Friday "THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRAM," 1 p. m.. cable channel 10. (See Monday TV Movies). "FINGER MAN," (1955) **v z . with Frank Lovejoy and Forrest Tucker. Criminal is released from prison to get the goods on an underworld boss. Fast moving crime melodrama. 3:30 p. m., cable channel 2. "DAISY KENYON," (1947) "'.-i. with Joan C r a w f o r d and Henry Fonda. A woman must choose between her lover, who has a wife and family, and the man she married on the rebound. 6:30 p. m.. cable channel 2. "ATTACK ON THE I R O N COAST," ( 1 9 6 8 ) *"'2. L l o y d Bridges leads a commando raid on German installations during World War II. The same old war story, but competently handled. 9 p. m..O© "THE PUBLIC EYE," (1972) "2. Thinly plotted, poorly acted yarn aboui a stuffy English aristocrat (Michael JaystonI. who hires a Greek private detective (Topol) to see if his wife (Mia Farrow) is having an affair. She isn't, but To- XHDWTIM-K. Ju]y-l pol falls in love with her. and the rest is movie cliche. 9 p. m., ID® *· "HOUSE OF D A R K SHADOWS," (1970) **. Fans of the horror-soap opera "Dark Shadows" will enjoy this theatrical version of the vampire saga. Bloodsucker Jonathan Frid overplays in the accepted grand style of a junior- league Vincent Price and there are many familiar faces from the long- gone but fondly-remembered gothic soaper. 11:30 p. m.. O CD »· " : THE FOOL KILLER," 12:20 a. m.. cable channel 2. (See Sunday TV Movies). "UNDER MY SKIN," (1950)' with Van Heflin and Charles Laughton. An Ernest Hemingway yarn about the racing game and a onetime crooked jockey's efforts to go straight. Involved drama, spottily acted. 3 a. m.. O r- "SMOKY," (1966) *"' 2 . with Fess-Parker and Diana Hyland. This is the third remake of the famous Will James sentimental story about a horse named Smoky and the events, both good and bad which befall the animal. 4:30 a. m. O who want to watch could watch and those who have no concern about such matters wouldn't have to miss "Hollywood Squares" or whatever. As things stand now, though, I would be willing to bet that ABC wins the ratings hands down during this coming week. And speaking of ratings, I have seen a copy of the tentative network schedules for the new fall season and I believe I have found NBC's "Titanic" night. If there's no change, it's my prediction that NBC may sink on Thursdays and never be heard from again. You ask why? I'll tell you. The CBS Thursday schedule, beginning at 8 p.m., goes like this: "The Waltons," "Hawaii Five-0," and "Barnaby Jones." 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