John Carmody of The Washington Post is reporting that his "highly placed sources" indicate the strike by Hollywood screenwriters against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will be solved in the next 10 days.
So far, no one on either side of the strike is confirming or denying the report, but there is at least one indication of progress. The Writers Guild of America has offered a new "interim" contract to producers, who may accept as a group or independently.The writers say they can live with the proposed contract until 1992 or when a new contract is finally agreed upon, whichever comes first. However, some producers are wary of perceived "fishhooks" in the proposal, including larger residual payments than the most recent Alliance proposal.
"The latest interim agreement promulgated by the (writers) indicates a strike-prolonging retrenchment at a time when they should be seeking a solution," said Paramount Studios chief Frank Mancuso.
Countered Guild spokeswoman Cheryl Rhoden: "We are unfortunately trying to negotiate with a leadership of the companies that has chosen to spend more money to stay on strike than it would cost to settle."
And the best goes on. And on. And on . . .
(BU) ON THE TUBE TONIGHT: It's a great night for reality programming, starting with P.O.V. (10:30 p.m., Ch. 7), a program that takes its title from film shorthand meaning "point of view." All of the documentaries in this 10-part series were made by independent American filmmakers, and all of them bring a definite point of view into their art. For example, the first of tonight's two films, "American Tongues," is Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker's perspective on the various dialects that make American language such a flavorful - and sometimes confusing - mix. The second is "Acting Our Age," Michal Aviad's thoughtful examination of the aging process through the eyes of six women who have experienced a lot of it. This is fascinating stuff, giving promise to continued excellence as the series progresses through its run.
48 Hours (7 p.m., Ch. 5), meanwhile, continues to live up to its promise with an offbeat installment that looks at weddings in America. Some may be surprised at the series' premise: that weddings are making a comeback in American life. I mean, for some of us weddings have never really left. Still, reports cover the range of American weddings from a $10,000 affair in Milwaukee to a $15 civil ceremony in New York.
KSTU will present AIDS: The Global Explosion (7 p.m., Ch. 13), with more on the origins, symptoms and treatments of the virus. And both Utah public television stations repeat The Day the Universe Changed (8 p.m., Ch. 7 and 9 p.m., Ch. 11), with James Burke at his wry and witty best discussing the spread of classic knowledge.
Elsewhere: Robert Mitchum and Virginia Madsen star as powerful publisher William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies, respectively, in The Hearst and Davies Affair (7 p.m., Ch. 4), which is every bit as lurid and sensationalized as it sounds; Clint Eastwood and Lee J. Cobb star in Coogan's Bluff (8 p.m., Ch. 13); Mary Beth worries when her son joins the Marines on Cagney & Lacey (9 p.m., Ch. 5); and NBC has its usual plethora of hit Thursday night series, which will probably win the night's ratings battles even though they're all reruns.
Looking Toward Friday: CBS repeats the 1985 miniseries Kane & Abel (7 p.m., Ch. 5) starring Peter Strauss and Sam Neill; NBC has Major League Baseball (6:15 p.m., Ch. 2), with the Mets taking on the Astros in Houston; KOOG has a fine family film in Where the Red Fern Grows (7 p.m., Ch. 30); and 20/20 (9 p.m., Ch. 4) takes you undercover for a drug bust in Newark, N.J.