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New Television; Big Inning, The

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Performance artist Mark Anderson and video artist Dennis Darmek have collaborated to celebrate the simple wonders of the all-American summertime sport of baseball. Anderson's wry commentary is delivered at the stadium that houses the Milwaukee Brewers, with the players and fans becoming part of the performance process. Featured in the pickup game are people who just get together to play -- Yeats, Yoko Ono, Elvis, Elizabeth Dole, Lillian Hellman, T. S. Eliot, and other luminaries. As Mark Anderson, who wrote the monologue he delivered, weaves in and out of batting practices and fan-filled bleachers, describing (with obsessive name-dropping) the fictional baseball game, he seems nearly oblivious to the actual game that surrounds him. The work is approximately eight minutes in length and was broadcast as a segment of episode 504 (1989), and episode 108 (1991), of "New Television." Produced and directed by Dennis Darmek Approximate date: 1988

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New Television

Big Inning, The

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"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

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Darmek, Dennis
Anderson, Mark
Film and Television
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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