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TV Notes: After 35 years, the end of 'Another World' is near

Wednesday, April 14, 1999

By Post-Gazette TV editor Rob Owen and wire reports

"Another World," the longest-running soap opera in NBC history, will end the drama come June. The network is killing it off at age 35.

It was the most dramatic of several changes NBC announced to its morning and daytime schedule. The network is adding a daytime talk show with "Weekend Today" anchor Jodi Applegate as host and a 4:30 a.m. business news show for early risers.

"Another World" will be replaced by "Passions," a serial created by the former head writer of "Days of Our Lives," which is remaining on NBC's schedule. NBC is also renewing its two-year-old soap, "Sunset Beach."

NBC's daytime schedule has included "Another World" since its premiere on May 4, 1964. It was the first soap opera expanded to one hour and was even briefly broadcast for 90 minutes. "The Tonight Show" is the only NBC entertainment show to be on the air longer than "Another World," which will end with a final broadcast on June 25. CBS's "Guiding Light," on the air since 1952, is the longest-running serial.

"I thank all the people working on 'Another World' for an incredible job at giving their audience an amazing 35-year run. It was a very tough decision," said Scott Sassa, NBC entertainment president.

"Another World" was hurt by the increasing desire of networks to own and control the profits of the shows they air. "Another World" is owned by Procter & Gamble, and the new "Passions" will be owned by NBC. The network also has a partial stake in "Sunset Beach."

Applegate's new show, "Later Today," will air directly after the "Today" show. It will replace "Leeza" starting in September.

NBC is canceling its "NBC News at Sunrise," which Pittsburgh affiliate WPXI doesn't air, and is giving its affiliates the chance to program local news from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. These early morning news broadcasts are growing in popularity and profitability for local stations.

"Early Today," the new business-oriented network news show to air at 4:30 a.m., will be produced by the business cable network CNBC.

PRESERVINGFILM: Despite the recent growing awareness of the need for film preservation, much of our movie heritage continues to expire. The biggest enemy is time as emphasized in "The Race To Save 100 Years," a one-hour documentary premiering tonight at 8 on cable's Turner Classic Movies. Its message stresses the importance of film preservation and restoration.

It has been estimated that more than half of the American films made before 1950 are gone forever.

If you're a devoted movie fan, you will cringe at the scenes of reels of decomposing film that open tonight's TCM special. Before 1951, all movies were shot on highly flammable nitrate stock, which can rapidly decay or even burst into flames when not properly stored.

Since 1951, film has contained the safer element acetate; but it, too, can deteriorate over time. Meanwhile, the colors in many of the movies made in the '50s, '60s and '70s are fading.

Throughout today, TCM will be airing movies that have been restored to their original brilliance, beginning with "Son of Lassie" (1945) at 6 a.m. The evening lineup includes "Take Me Out to The Ball Game" (1949) at 9 and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" at midnight.

"The Race to Save 100 Years" will be repeated at 11 p.m.

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