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TV Note: McIntire plans party to heal wounds between parties

Tuesday, December 19, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

John McIntire wants to heal the wounds of the nation brought about by last month's rancorous partisan politics. Or maybe it's just an excuse for a party.

Either way, the "NightTalk Election Wounds Holiday Healing Party" will be broadcast live tonight at 9 on PCNC. McIntire, an unabashed liberal, said if nothing else, he hopes to make himself feel better.

"I'm angry, but what the hell, if I can exploit it," he said. "I felt sorry for myself because my side got its butt kicked, so I thought I'd do some live therapy to make myself feel better."

McIntire said members of both political parties have been invited, but he's not sure who will show up.

He said he hopes the party will encourage healing, but he also recognizes that people shouting at one another can make for more compelling television, and he's prepared to let that happen. In the event violence erupts, McIntire said County Council President John DeFazio and Bruno Sammartino will be pushed into service to handle any and all security concerns.

Others on the guest list include Cyril Wecht, Melissa Hart and Johnny Angel, who will bring a 30-person choir of oldies singers to perform "holiday tunes to soothe the savage beast in every angry liberal."

LOCAL DOC ON "NOVA": WQED/WQEX is expected to air a "NOVA" program titled "Dying to Be Thin" at 8 p.m. Thursday. The program explores the issue of eating disorders in girls and includes an interview with Dr. Walter H. Kaye, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Kaye is working with a team of researchers to try to discover the genetic causes of eating disorders in an effort to find a cure.

"SURVIVOR 2" GETS TIME SLOT: "Ed" can breathe a sigh of relief. But "Friends" and "Gilmore Girls" need to watch their backs; they'll soon be competing against "Survivor: The Australian Outback."

Yesterday, CBS announced the sequel to the wildly successful summer series will air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 1. The show premieres after Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28. For two weeks only, episodes of "Survivor 2" will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. (March 14 and 21) when CBS broadcasts the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

ABC CANCELS "MEN": The Hollywood Reporter says ABC has canceled "Madigan Men," a Friday night sitcom starring Gabriel Byrne.

"Men" joins another canceled Friday night show, ABC's "The Trouble With Normal," on the ever-increasing pile of castoffs from the fall 2000 season.

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