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New Television
M.F.K. Fisher: Writer with a Bite
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

“An intimate and provocative conversation with one of America’s foremost food writers, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, which was completed shortly before her death in 1992. At the age of 81 at the time of the taping, Fisher...shares her influences, her loves, her abilities, and views on the act of writing, and a few juicy asides about sex, aging, and compulsiveness, to illuminate her lifelong theme...What feeds us?” -- WGBH press release

The program employs an overlapping format, layering Fisher’s interview with narrative excerpts. The style allows Fisher and her work to speak for themselves. Video artist Lynn Hershman is listed as creative consultant.

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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “New Television; M.F.K. Fisher: Writer with a Bite,” 04/14/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E3DF0AB354A140A7832639C7750C0A4C.
MLA: “New Television; M.F.K. Fisher: Writer with a Bite.” 04/14/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E3DF0AB354A140A7832639C7750C0A4C>.
APA: New Television; M.F.K. Fisher: Writer with a Bite. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E3DF0AB354A140A7832639C7750C0A4C
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