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TV Notes: WQED will conform more to PBS schedule

Saturday, August 24, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Despite pre-empting three scheduled pledge programs in the past week (no make up date for last Friday's Rich Little show or Saturday's Richard Rodgers program, but "The Sid Caesar Collection" will air tonight), local PBS station WQED has signed on to carry more programming in the time slots PBS intends.

"Enhanced common carriage" means the PBS station will voluntarily carry the majority of PBS's prime-time programs on the same day and time they're scheduled to air nationally beginning Sept. 22.

It's a move intended to bring uniformity to the PBS schedule, allowing for more national promotion with precise date/time information rather than the nebulous "check local listings for air date and time."

WQED also has volunteered to be one of 10 stations nationally to participate in a 10-week test of a new type of break between programming. Viewers will be able to see the new format -- intended to retain viewers from one show to the next -- beginning Sept. 30 between Monday night's "Antiques Roadshow" and "Ken Burns American Stories."

New music show

WQED-TV will premiere "Live from Studio A" Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. Three installments are planned for fall, all with Pittsburgh singer Pete Hewlett as host.

The hourlong program is designed to showcase Pittsburgh performers. The premiere will include performances by Donnie Iris, RH Factor with Roger Humphries and Chandler, identical triplet sister who perform country pop tunes.

The October show will feature R&B singer Billy Price, Brazilian-born singer Kenia and jazz guitarist Joe Negri. Gospel acts will be featured in the November program.

Rosebud will host a free premiere party Sept. 5 with Donnie Iris and Chandler performing from 7:30 to 9 p.m., followed by a viewing of the premiere episode.

Another Quecreek show

Discovery Channel will air "Miracle at the Mine with Stone Phillips" Wednesday at 9 p.m.

The one-hour program includes Phillips' interviews with the nine rescued Quecreek miners that aired on "Dateline NBC," as well as new interviews with members of the rescue team and animated graphics that re-create the miners' experience.

Grammar police win!

After questions arose last month at the TV critics press tour about punctuation in the title of NBC's "Good Morning Miami," the network announced that a comma has been added to make it the grammatically correct "Good Morning, Miami."

'Guardian' premiere screening a benefit at Byham

Pittsburgh-based child advocacy organization KidsVoice will present an advance screening of the second-season premiere of CBS's "The Guardian" at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Byham Theater.

Admission is free, but to attend you must obtain a voucher in advance at www.kidsvoiceorg.com or by calling 412-391-3100. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and remaining seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at 5:45 p.m.

A patrons reception to benefit KidsVoice will follow at 7 p.m. in the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Ballroom. Tickets cost $125 per person. They can be purchased by calling the same number.

"The Guardian" has its second-season premiere Sept. 24.

The Pittsburgh-set legal drama was created by Mt. Lebanon native David Hollander.

His brother, KidsVoice executive director Scott Hollander, is the show's technical consultant.

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