Ted Turner has all the answers when TV critics come to call in Los Angeles

July 12, 1994|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic

Ted Turner has an answer for everything.

At least, that's the way it seemed during his press conference with TV critics gathered in Los Angeles for their summer press tour.

Why has his Cartoon Network failed to catch on?

"Well, first of all, look at the cartoons we bought from the Hanna-Barbera library. You've got Yogi Bear and 'The Jetsons' and 'The Flintstones' and 'The Smurfs' -- they're all decent, sweet, little programs.

"We don't go to the shoot-'em-up type cartoons that Fox network has with, you know, the Power Rangers. And we're not going to pick noses and poot all over the place, like Ren & Stimpy do.

"You know, I mean, it's the nihilism -- we just ain't going to do it. We don't need money that bad. And it's a shame that Rupert Murdoch [owner of Fox] and other people do need it that bad. You know, I feel real sorry for them."

As for why CNN's ratings were down this year, Turner says it's all a matter of location -- CNN was relocated from prime positions (channel 2 through 13) to higher positions when cable operators were forced to add new broadcast channels under the controversial must-carry legislation.

"We went from the shopping mall to around the corner and down a side street," Turner said.

"But everything's all right now. Unfortunately, we've had another great tragedy in the country in the O. J. Simpson case, but CNN's ratings have skyrocketed up to near record levels again . . . so I think the ratings problems are mainly behind us now."

Jane Fonda says her acting days are over.

'I walked away quite happily from an acting career to be a producer and I hope to do many more projects as a producer," Fonda told TV critics in L.A.

Fonda was promoting "Lakota Woman," a film she produced for husband Ted Turner's TNT cable network's project on Native Americans.

Forty different cable channels all simultaneously offering programs that deal with the issue of violence.

That's one of the goals of the cable industry's Voices Against Violence campaign, according to Josh Sapan, president of Rainbow Programming Services.

Cable executives from four networks met here to discuss the issue of TV violence, but the plan from Sapan was as close as the discussion came to genuine specifics.

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