Stop the presses! Big TV news!*** THE LDS CHURCH WINS AN EMMY! Or rather, Bonneville Media Communications won one for an LDS Church-sponsored public service announcement called "Braces & Glasses." The delightful spot, aimed at promoting self-esteem, is the second consecutive Emmy-winning PSA for Bonneville and the church. In fact, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has only presented two Emmys in the public service announcement category; Bonneville has won both of them.
"Braces & Glasses" was written and directed by James Gartner, with help from creative director Gary J. Dixon, art director Roger Crandall, producer Grant Baird, cinematographer Reed Smoot and editor Stephen L. Johnson, with music performed by Leo Kottke.
*** "FAERIE TALE THEATRE" COMES TO KBYU! And what a rare and wonderful treat that will be to all families who have not yet had a chance to sample this marvelous bit of fantasy storytelling from the Showtime pay cable service.
Produced by the creative and talented Shelley Duvall, "Faerie Tale Theatre" retells your favorite fables and fairy tales with a delightfully whimsical tongue-in-cheek edge. It is that wondrous bit of TV magic that is capable of entertaining on one level for children and on another for adults. This is family television at its very best.
And if that isn't enough to draw you in, there's some absolutely amazing casting. The series premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on Ch. 11 with "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" starring Valerie Bertinelli, Robert Carradine, James Earl Jones and Ray Sharkey. As the show continues in the time period you'll see Klaus Kinski and Susan Sarandon in "Beauty and the Beast," Jennifer Beals, Matthew Broderick, Jean Stapleton and Eve Arden in "Cinderella," Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen in "Little Red Riding Hood," Mick Jagger, Bud Cort, Barbara Hershey and James Edward Olmos in "The Nightingale," Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) as "Pinocchio" and Ellen Barkin, Howie Mandel and Howard Hesseman in "The Princess Who Had Never Laughed.
And you haven't lived until you've seen Billy Crystal, Jeff Goldblum and Valerie Perrine in "The Three Little Pigs." Or Robin Williams and Teri Garr in "The Tale of the Frog Prince." Or Bernadette Peters and Christopher Reeve in "Sleeping Beauty." Or . . .
Well, I think you get the point. The show is terrific, a fantastic addition to Utah's television landscape - and to your personal collection of family videos, if you get my drift. And I'd better stop talking about it now before I completely use up my monthly quota of glowing adjectives.
*** FOX AND KSTU HAVE NOT - I repeat, have not - changed their minds again since the last time they changed their minds! KSTU remains a Fox affiliate a full two days later and will carry Fox programs this Sunday and every Sunday thereafter - or until they change their minds. Again.
Just thought you'd like to know.
*** QUOTE OF THE WEEK: In the October 1938 issue of Harper's magazine (OK, OK - things got a little stacked up around here for a while), E.B. White had this to say about television: "I believe television is going to be the test of the modern world, and that in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our vision we shall discover either a new and unbearable disturbance of the general peace, or a saving radiance in the sky. We shall stand or fall by television - of that I am quite sure."