13 twentysomethings start tales from The Pit

The Hamilton Spectator
Now, Wednesday, January 11, 1995, p. D7
13 twentysomethings start tales from The Pit

By Bonnie Malleck
KITCHENER-WATERLOO RECORD

Two Canadian series make their debuts tonight — the Gen-X drama Liberty
Street on CBC and View from Here, the TVO documentary series by Canadian
film-makers.

Liberty Street (8:30 p.m. on 3,5) from Degrassi producer Linda Schuyler,
looks like Canada’s answer to Melrose Place as it focuses on 13
twentysomething young people trying to carve their niche in the world from
their vantage point, The Pit, their grungy apartment building in the
industrial sector of the city.

Tonight’s opener introduces the big cast, their individual stories and
their reaction when the building is sold to a greedy new landlord
(Schwarz).

View from Here (10 p.m. on 19), a series of point of view documentaries,
opens with Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, focussing on
the life and work of internationally acclaimed writer, teacher and
philosopher Jane Rule.

The film, by Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman, chronicles Rule’s early
life in the U.S., her move to Canada during the ’50s where she became a
fiercely outspoken, vital force in the west coast artistic community
(Margaret Laurence dubbed her one of North America’s finest authors). It
also reports on her continuing devotion to her life-long partner, Helen
Sonthoff, herself a teacher, thinker and lover of poetry, and the success
and impact of Rule’s novels, short stories and essays, ranging in subject
from relationships and sexual love, especially among women lovers, to
literary criticism.

There are also excerpts from some of her best-known works, including her
first novel, The Desert of the Heart.

Other watchables

* CBC has also picked up the heavily edited version of HBO’s raunchy
hit-com Dream On, starring Brian Benben as newly divorced editor Martin
Tupper who, despite a very active sex life with a slew of willing women,
is still in love with his ex-wife (Wendie Malick), 9 p.m. on 5.

* The just-hatched-from-the-egg WB Television Network kicks off three
comedies tonight on Chicago’s WGN. The Wayans Bros. looks at the the
antics of Keenen’s younger brothers Shawn and Marlon (8 p.m.). Unhappily
Ever After, from the creator of Married … With Children, centres on a
dysfunctional family coping with divorce. Geoff Pierson (who also plays
Brett Butler’s ex on Grace Under Fire), Stephanie Hodge, Kevin Connolly
and Bobcat Goldthwait star (8.30).

New Canadian channels

* Women’s Television Network has the second outing for On Your Mark, a
series focussing on women athletes and coaches. Tonight’s episode looks at
Julie Krone, the first female jockey to win the Belmont Stakes, and Edie
Tarves, an equestrian three-day eventer with each discussing the risks,
thrills and spills of her respective sport (8.30 p.m.).

* Discovery Channel airs the series CyberWars which asks viewers to select
one of five pilot shows to become a weekly series on the network.
Tonight’s offering is Binary Groove looking at latest trends and
developments in the computer field (8 p.m.) On Future File, panelists
debate the controversial theory that intelligence is hereditary (10.30
p.m.)

Spectator TV writer Eric Kohanik Is on assignment

Category: News
Story type(s): News
Edition: Final
Length: Medium, 403 words

) 1995 The Hamilton Spectator. All rights reserved.

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