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New Television; New Television, Episode 403; Binge

Part of New Television Workshop.

In "Binge," Hershman confronts the viewer in series of overlapping confessional narratives in her attempt to address issues of "food, obsession, hunger, and deprivation." Here she recounts her obsession with food, likening her guilty calorific addiction to a secret affair. Approximate date: 1987

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New Television
New Television, Episode 403
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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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Features Lynn Hershman’s “Binge.”

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Easting disorders
Reducing diets
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Hershman-Leeson, Lynn, 1941-
Film and Television
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “New Television; New Television, Episode 403; Binge,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed February 26, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A218550CAF4D4132B30985B58AE90944.
MLA: “New Television; New Television, Episode 403; Binge.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. February 26, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A218550CAF4D4132B30985B58AE90944>.
APA: New Television; New Television, Episode 403; Binge. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A218550CAF4D4132B30985B58AE90944
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