1' 6 Gqlesburg Register-Mail; Galesburg, Ml. Wednesday, June 20, 1973 Will Test Tube Top TV Fall Ratings? fniiwii 4 By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NEA) ~ The lights are burning laie in the offices ol ABO, CBS and NBC. The network bfass, their eyes haufiited and their mouths dry with fear, are worrying about what to put on the lube next fall. , The Lively Arts The writers' strike still drags on. No new scripts can be written. None of the new, highly touted shows Will be seen, at least not in September, because there are no scripts for them to shoot. But something will have to be aired, otherwise the public will be forced to do something drastic, like talk to each other. And there's no profit for the networks In human conversation. So the network executives are even now considering alternatives. With a little imagination and ingenuity, they can come up with some acceptable substitute programs. You might be interested in some possibilities for fall viewing: THE MARCEL MARCEAU HOUK, 60 minutes of pantomime. This is such a natural that all three networks are /THIS PROGRAM IS INTERRUPTED INDEFINITELY DUE TO DIFFICULTIES WITH WRITERS , 0 0 0 bidding for the services of the great mime, who could be the '73-74 season's Mike Connors. answer to British-Inspired TV Programs Earthy Lot By RICK DU BROW HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - An earthy lot, the British—and if you don't think so, just consider Television in Review the themes of some weekly American television programs adapted from series that originated in England. TAVERN NIGHT DRAWING Thursday, June 21 $100.00 CORNER TAVERN MAQUON, ILL. If No Winner at 9 P.M. there will b« a 2nd Drawing at 10 p.m. The most famous American variation on a British video series is, of course, CBS-TV's "All In The Family," and it is a comedy with a bigoted working-class husband-father as its central character. This show is based on the English "Till Death Us Do Part." Then there is NBC-TV's Sanford and Son," also highly successful comedy, and it concerns the touchy relationship between an aging junk dealer who will use almost any device to keep his grown bachelor offspring with him, despite the young man's period ic urges to go off and lead a life of his own. This show was based on the British creation "Steptoe and Son." There was ABC-TV's "A Touch of Grace," now canceled, which dealt in comedy terms THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIALS BAR B QUE RIBS Baked potato, tossed salad KNOTTY PINE TAP WATAGA, ILL. — 375-9918 SHERATON MAKES IT HAPPEN Thirsty Thursday Men's Highballs 35c 5-7 P.M. THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE ^ t Sheraton Motor Inn "THE INN PLACE" 1-74 At East Main 343-7151 with an elderly but lively widow, her droll gravedigger beau (he worked at the cemetery where her late husband was buried), and her conservative daughter and son- in-law, with whom she lived. The inspiration for this program was the British series "For The Love of Ada." There is ABC-TV's "Thicker Than Water," yet another comedy, this one concerning a prim middle-aged spinster, her wastrel brother and, their general disagreement on everything except a mutual hunger for the estate of their ailing octogenarian father. He, in turn, keeps them .on a leash by making them run his factory to qualify for their impending inheritances. "Thicker. Than Water" is based on the British series "Nearest and Dearest." THE DENNIS THE MEN* ACE FESTIVAL. Re-rune, you see, cam be used, and there are certain to be many hours of your old favorites back pgain. Besides Dennis the Menace, you'll be able to renew acquaintances with some other delights from the past — OZZIE AND HARRIET, SUGARFOOT, RICHARD DIAMOND and all those grand old timers. NASTURTIUMS I HAVE KNOWN Is sure to make the top 10 next fall, assuming that the networks can find a botanist who can ad lib. Ad lib- bing, you see, is O.K. — anything is O.K. as long as there's no script, or written anything. DEAN MARTIN PRESENTS GLEN CAMPBELL PRESENTING BOBBY DARIN PRESENTING THE ROLLER DERBY is a sure winner. In fact, you can make a bet now — Roller Derby queen will win an Emmy. They were ail set to sign a deal for AN HOUR WITH THE WORLD'S BEST WRESTLERS, but they had to cancel it — they found out wrestlers worked from scripts. Otherwise, though, sports will be big. The networks are even now considering televising other sports events, and we are certain to see the INTERNATIONAL QUOIT CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE NATIONAL AAU FIELD HOCKEY FINALS and THE WORLD'S BEST CURLERS. Music shows will proliferate, as long as the MCs can ad lib and don't need scripts. I understand ABC has plans for THE BOBBY BREEN HOUR, CBS is working up THE MRS. MILLER SHOW and NBC is all set for SIXTY MINUTES WITH JAMES McCORD, WHO ALWAYS SINGS. Some of last season's hits will be back. ALL IN THE FAMILY doesn't need a script — they can just yell at each other. THE WALTONS will return, with 60 minutes of crying. THE MOD SQUAD can chase each other, without a Mystery Fs mm Second fky h Viola — Agatha Christie 's 'TetrLtttle Indians," Ice-Follies Bound Janet Lynn, 20, who won the last five national women's figure skating championships, seems pleased after signing contracts for a professional skating career yesterday in Chicago to become the highest paid woman athlete in the world. She signed in the office of Arthur Wirtz, right, owner of the Chicago Stadium and Black Hawks, who devised the original ice show. The 3-year contract with ice follies will pay her $1,455,000. With other agreements, she will make more than $2.5 million from the initial series of contracts. Love Thy Neighbor 'Summer Sleeper' VIOLA mystery, Will be the second production of the season for the Augus- tana College Pitchfork Players, The play will be given June L'8 through July 1 and July 5-8 at the Viola Opera House. Performances each week will be at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, fi:,10 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday. "Ten Little Indians" is the story of 10 people on an island, each trying not to be the next victim in a series of insidious murders. It is based on Christie's novel, "And Then There Were None." Directing the play is David Johnston, Rock Island, a 1973 Augustana graduate who is associate producer for the Pitchfork Players this summer. The cast will include Dennis Hitchcock, director - producer of the summer stock company, who will be playing his first acting role in six years. Hitchcock will portray the part ol Philip Lombard. Barbara Spenader, Sublette, is assistant director and stage manager. Nicki Hodpe, Lisle, is costumer and Dwight Larsen is in charge of set and lighting design. By VERNON SCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Ron Masak was not destined for stardom, but he may make it anyhow with the new television series "Love Thy Neighbor." Masak, of Boihemian heritage, has a broken nose, a voice reminiscent of Aldo Ray and the general appearance of the late Lou Costelb—three strikes to begin with. But he also has a natural script. And Dean Martin can' / lair for comedy. He plays a * L i. 1 !._1_J. -.1.1. 1 A • i. _ ogle as well ad lib as any other way. So, despite the strike, it looks like another banner year for television. COUNTRY MUSIC SHANGRI-LA INN 421 East Main EVERY THURS., FRI. & SAT. 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"He's finished two years of high school and is the shop steward where he works. His favorite athlete is Vida Blue. "Suddenly the house next door is bought by a black couple. He's good hearted but with childlike ignorance he goes overboard trying not to discriminate against the new neighbors." Masak is aware the premise begins to sound like "All In The Family" and Ihis role similar to Archie Bunker. "They're very different," said Masak. "Archie is a bigot. Ghadie isn't. Charlie stumbles into uncomfortable innocently. "He never uses unflattering, ethnic names or expressions. He never knowingly says anything nasty. But he gets into trouble by bringing home a watermelon because he believes sincerely they are a basic part of the black man's diet. 'Like blubber with the Eskimos.' "I'm sure the show will offend somebody, but not racially. This is the first time on television where the races can laugh at one another without provoking tension." The ABG series is scheduled for only six week9 this summer. Depending on the writer's strike and its reception by viewers, "Love Thy Neighbor" might be renewed for the fall season or perhaps next winter. Like "All In The Family," the series idea originated in England where it' is one of Britain's most popular weekly shows. "Love Thy Neighbor" represents a tremendous opportunity for Masak who has appeared in hundreds of television commer cials, dramatic and comedy guest 'spots and a handful of miction pictures. "I've been an actor for 20 years," he said, "and nobody knew me by name. With a face like this, though, most people recognize me. "After we filmed the six shows some of the network officials and producers approached me to say they thought our series was the sleeper of the year. They began calling me by name." A native of Chicago, and raised in less than an affluent situations | neighborhood, Masak believes he understands the dilemma of the suburbs. 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