'Olympic Skater': Taking another look

MEDIA MONITOR

March 23, 1992|By Steve McKerrow

ON AND OFF THE AIR:

* Two of the more compelling stories from the recent Olympic Winter Games are given another look tonight at 10 on Maryland Public Television, with "Olympic Skater: Kurt Browning."

Mr. Browning, you may recall, was the Canadian figure skater who was favored to win a gold medal in Albertville. Instead, he fell to a sixth-place finish.

Yet among the losers at the games, he came across on television as one of the classiest -- disappointed, but blaming nobody.

Tonight's special was actually filmed before the Olympics in the skater's home region of mountainous Alberta. Among the other skaters featured tonight is his friend and longtime training companion, Kristi Yamaguchi.

The graceful American girl, of course, did win a gold medal in Albertville.

* A week in advance of the Academy Awards (scheduled for March 30), WNUV (Channel 54) tonight launches a 10-film Oscar salute. Show times are 8 p.m. today through Saturday, plus 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

First up tonight: "Stalag 17," for which William Holden won Best Actor honors as the prisoner everyone suspects of being a rat.

The other prize-winning films include: "Fiddler on the Roof," "Hud," "Tender Mercies," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," "Charly," "Gandhi," "Sophie's Choice" and "Out of Africa."

* The Discovery Channel, the basic cable service based in BTC Bethesda, tonight launches a fascinating four-part miniseries, "Red Express." The series, shown at 10 p.m. through Thursday, goes aboard the famed Trans-Siberian Express railroad line, longest in the world, for a trip across the breadth of what used to be the Soviet Union.

Filmed last year, just before the stunning collapse of the nation, the trip traverses 15 of the now-independent states, from St. Petersburg (nee Leningrad) to Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan.

* The Disney Channel premium cable service tonight launches the premiere episode of a daily series for children which updates Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland." "Adventures in Wonderland" is a mix of animation and live action techniques, and can be seen at 7:30 tonight, with a regular telecast at 7:30 a.m. weekdays.

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have endorsed the series, and the production quality is undeniably high, with a curriculum of vocabulary and language skills integrated into the action. But Media Monitor also suggests strongly that parents use the TV show as an introduction to reading the original Carroll books.

* Correction: A headline error in last Friday's column suggested Maryland Public Television was covering "Spring Break '92" activities in Florida. The network that telecast the annual event was cable's MTV.

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