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New Television; Lown Ranjer Aind Tontow, The

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1987

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New Television
Lown Ranjer Aind Tontow, The
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

Mydlack's eclectic work begins with an explanation. In 1985, he created the idea to tour a series of performances through people's living rooms. The piece that follows shows him performing a spirited ballad about the Lone Ranger, Tonto, and a small child. He accompanies himself on the accordion. Occasionally, somewhat random, misspelled subtitles flash across the screen. In the suburban-style living room in which Mydlack performs, a handful of onlookers observe him while seated on a couch. Their reactions alternate between amusement and blank stares. The work is approximately six minutes long.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Performance art
Film and Television
Mydlack, Danny ()
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