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TV Note: 8/5/03

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Road trip contest

In 1903, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson bet he could drive from San Francisco to New York in less than three months in a 20-horsepower Winton touring car. His trip is the subject of "Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip," a Ken Burns documentary airing on PBS in October.

PBS is holding a "Summer Road Trip Video Contest" through Aug. 22. It's looking for video essays of three minutes or less, plus a synopsis, from amateur filmmakers about their most memorable summer adventures. The winner, whose film will air on PBS, will join Burns for a day in New York.

For rules and an entry form, go to www.pbs.org/horatiosdrive/videocontest. Forms must be mailed to PBS Road Trip Contest, Box 4313, Manhasset, NY 11030-4313 by Aug. 22.

(Barbara Vancheri, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

NBC looks to 'Eye' again

A half-hour version of Bravo's hit "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" will air again on sister network NBC Aug. 14 at 9:30 p.m.

According to NBC, the first time the Bravo show aired on NBC it retained 86 percent of its lead-in audience from "Will & Grace."

The Fab Five -- as the "Queer Eye" stars are known -- will also appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Aug. 14 and 15 to give Leno and the "Tonight Show" set a makeover.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Lubinsky sells 'Soul'

T.J. Lubinsky, the former WQED pledge producer who's hung out his own local production company shingle, will produce "My Music: Superstars of '70s Soul" for the New Jersey Public Television Network.

The special, featuring a mix of Motown, funk and disco music, will be taped in Atlantic City in December for airing nationally on PBS in March 2004.

(R.O.)

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