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New Television; Made in Maine

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1992

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New Television
Made in Maine
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

In two distinct sections, William Wegman delivers monologues about life in Maine. In the first, "Fly Fishing," he begins earnestly, telling the viewer the elements of a good fly fisherman and getting suited up. As he makes his way into his canoe and paddles off, he is followed by three Weimaraner dogs. He comes to a bank and begins trudging through the woods, and his narration becomes less practical and more ridiculous. Eventually, he comes to a field with an airplane in it. He gets in the airplane and takes off. In the second piece, "Wood," Wegman reflects on the wood industry in Maine, the usefulness of wood, and the deterioration of the environment as man makes use of this resource.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Fly fishing
Natural areas
Film and Television
Wegman, William ()
Connors, Betsy ()
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