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New Television; New Television, Episode 412; Split Britches

Part of New Television Workshop.

"Split Britches" is the story of three women from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, set sometime in the 1930's, whose squabbling is often pacified by periods of singing. Approximate date: 1988

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New Television
New Television, Episode 412
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Split Britches

Series Description

"New Television" began as a local pilot production of WNET (New York) in 1986. In 1987, WGBH signed on as co-producer, and the shows were aired in Boston and New York. In 1988 and 1989, KCET (Los Angeles) and WETA (D.C.) became producers in association. In 1991, PBS picked up "New Television," and it was broadcast nationally. The following year, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, replaced WNET, WETA, and KCET as co-producer with WGBH. In 1993, WGBH ceased to be a co-producer for the series, and the "home base" moved to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in Hartford, CT.

"New Television" commissioned, produced, and acquired programming. In its early years, "New Television" broadcast works commissioned by The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. Increasingly, experimental films as well as video works were broadcast as a part of this series. Many of the later episodes of "New Television" contain works that play with and deconstruct the documentary genre. Series release date: 1986

Program Description

Episode 412 of “New Television” features “Split Britches,” the story of three women from a poor family in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1930’s Tennessee.

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Geller, Matthew, 1954-
Interpersonal relations
Weaver, Lois
Shaw, Peggy
Margolin, Deborah
Film and Television
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “New Television; New Television, Episode 412; Split Britches,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed February 26, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21C22DF0D29747D79D16401A8E16B8AD.
MLA: “New Television; New Television, Episode 412; Split Britches.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. February 26, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21C22DF0D29747D79D16401A8E16B8AD>.
APA: New Television; New Television, Episode 412; Split Britches. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21C22DF0D29747D79D16401A8E16B8AD
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