3-D glasses help see sweeps stunts

November 21, 2005|By NEWSDAY

"There is a fifth dimension ... as vast as space and as timeless as infinity." Or ... there's the possibility that it's also as timeless as network TV sweeps stunts like the one featuring Rod Serling on tonight's episode of NBC's Medium.

Although he died in 1975, that's hardly an impediment to network TV producers versed in the art of digital remastering.

In the opening seconds of tonight's special 3-D edition of Medium (10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11), Serling -- or should we say "Serling" -- opens the show by telling viewers when they should don their 3-D glasses. (Apparently, there's a visual prompt, too, featuring an "enhanced" eyeball of star Patricia Arquette; you cannot make this stuff up.)

Serling's voice is provided courtesy of Mark Silverman, who (NBC says) "is the only voice artist recognized by the Serling estate."

Where to get those silly red and blue 3-D glasses? They're available as an insert in TV Guide.

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