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TV Notes: 5/19/03

Monday, May 19, 2003

Initiative on WQED

Mon Valley Initiative, a coalition of 12 community development corporations in towns along the Monongahela River from Homestead to Charleroi, will be featured on "The Visionaries" (11 p.m. Friday, WQED).

The organization focuses on business and work force development and new and renovated housing to create change in towns devastated by the collapse of the steel industry.

"Visionaries," with Sam Waterston ("Law & Order") as host, profiles nonprofit organizations. In September 2000, the show profiled The Academy, an alternative school for delinquent boys and girls in Carrick.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Santorum parodied

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and his comments about gays in last weekend's broadcast. During a spoof of MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, Chris Parnell played Santorum.

Darrell Hammond, as Matthews, asked Santorum if he thought his controversial remarks would hurt President Bush in 2004. Santorum tried to explain what he'd meant.

"I have no problem with gay people," the faux Santorum said. "I like Liberace, I like George Michael, I even like that gay Teletubby. I just don't like it when Liberace, George Michael and the gay Teletubby have sex with each other."

(R.O.)

'Biography' winner

Comcast and A&E Television have named Pittsburgher Jamie Sivillo the winner of the "Biography Claim to Fame Sweepstakes." The contestants were pulled from all Comcast cable subscribers who signed up for "The Biography Channel" during a two-week period in September. Sivillo won a video equipment package and a trip for two to New York, where her five-minute profile was taped. Look for it on The Biography Channel at 7:55 tonight.

(Rosa Colucci)

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