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April 21, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
The press release for PBS' two-part presentation of "Caddie Woodlawn" (at 8 tonight on Channel 15; at 8 p.m. Sunday on Channel 28 on "Wonderworks") describes it as "based on the classic Newbery Medal book that has captivated children for generations." But, apparently under the assumption that today's generation might not be so easily captivated, Carol Ryrie Brink's original story about real people, inspired by her grandmother's childhood on the 1860's Wisconsin frontier, has been "tee-veed."
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October 17, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"WonderWorks," the award-winning PBS anthology series, begins a new, two-hour format tonight with an adaptation of A. E. Hotchner's poignant coming-of-age memoir, "Looking for Miracles" (at 8 on Channel 28 and 15, and Saturday at 6 on Chanel 50). It's the height of the Depression and 16-year-old Ryan (Greg Spottiswood) can't use his college scholarship unless he earns money to augment it. Although unqualified, he finagles a job as head counselor at a boys' summer camp.
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November 5, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
A 14-year-old boy sues his divorcing parents in the two-part "Necessary Parties" (tonight and next Saturday at 7 p.m. on Channels 28 and 50, 8 p.m. on Channel 15), the season premiere for the PBS "Wonderworks" series. The boy (Mark Paul Gosselaar) contends that he and his 6-year-old sister (Taylor Fry) are "necessary parties" in the legal action accompanying the divorce and that the impact of the marital split on them is significant enough for the court to intervene.
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February 11, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES
"Wonderworks," public television's dramatic anthology series for children, has been a welcome addition to the prime-time viewing menu this season, but it stumbles badly tonight (7:30 p.m., Channel 50; 8 p.m. Channels 28, 15). The two-part "Words by Heart" is poorly written and tepidly executed. Worse than that, however, is an ending that is downright distressing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1991 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
A shady-dealing, street-wise black youth named T.J., knocked unconscious in a Detroit car accident, takes a trip back in time to 1822, Charleston, S.C. Trapped like an animal and auctioned to the highest bidder, T.J. learns just what slavery--and manhood--mean, in "Brother Future," a remarkable, funny and poignant "Wonderworks" family movie. Airing at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on KCET Channel 28, the movie is a message tale about combating ignorance and pain with education and unity.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1990
The directors of "War & Remembrance," "Lonesome Dove" and three separate "L.A. Law" episodes were nominated Thursday for outstanding achievement during 1989 by the Directors Guild of America. They were among 21 directors nominated in six TV categories for the guild's annual awards. The winners will be announced at a DGA dinner March 10. The nominees: Dramatic Specials: Dan Curtis, "War & Remembrance," ABC; Daniel Petrie, "My Name Is Bill W.," ABC; Simon Wincer, "Lonesome Dove," CBS.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
"Captain Johnno," a two-part "Wonderworks" that airs tonight and next Saturday (7 p.m. on Channels 28 and 50), is a muscular treat from Australia about a boy set apart from others by his deafness and his intense love of nature. Johnno (Damien Walters, partially hearing-impaired himself) is an 11-year-old boy in a small Australian fishing village in the '50s.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
PBS' newest "Wonderworks" presentation, "Taking Care of Terrific," is a bittersweet tale about street people, a trio of middle-class kids and the need for human contact. It airs tonight at 7 on Channels 28 and 50 and at 8 on Channel 15. Jim Purdy directs with care--the interaction between the youngsters rings true--but Kenneth Cavander's teleplay, based on a story by Lois Lowry, has a few problems with insularity.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
Brace yourself. The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it tidings of great joy, to be sure, but also crowds of shoppers, mountains of fattening food and hordes of sloppily sentimental TV specials. The first of TV's new season's greetings shows, "Miracle at Moreaux," arrives tonight on public television's family-oriented "Wonderworks" series (8 p.m. on Channel 28, 9 p.m. on Channel 50).
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November 26, 1993 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
"Clowning Around," PBS' newest Wonderworks Family Movie (today at 2:30 p.m., Channel 28), is an Australian film about a boy who dreams of becoming a circus clown. His feel-good odyssey from orphanage to foster home, to rodeo to one-ring circus, and, finally, to a prestigious circus in Paris, unfolds over a leisurely three hours. Credibility is strained from the outset when 14-year-old Sim (Clayton Williams) runs away to find a circus.
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