Apr 14, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Facing the threat
Avoiding Armageddon, the eight-hour inaugural production of Ted Turner Documentaries, narrated by Walter Cronkite, premieres this week on public TV (April 14-17). It grew out of a $250 million commitment by Mr. Turner to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which seeks to increase awareness of the threat from weapons of mass destruction. While the Iraqi war makes this very timely, Mr. Turner told TVWeek he has concerns: “I’m afraid it’s going to negatively impact the ratings because people have been watching war coverage to the point where I’m sure there’s fatigue. But PBS will run it several times. And I could be wrong. Maybe people will want some perspective.”
UPN goes `Platinum’
UPN premieres the first two episodes of the dramatic series Platinum in special time slots Monday and Tuesday (9 p.m.). The rags-to-riches cross-cultural family saga set in the world of the New York City hip-hop music industry, co-created by John Ridley (Third Watch) and Sofia Coppola (Virgin Suicides), and executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), is designed to draw in young viewers and a diverse audience. Sister company MTV will cross-promote the series by airing new music videos from the series, and then eight to 10 days later re-broadcasting each episode.
Benefit he couldn’t refuse
He isn’t being honored for having negotiated a settlement between James Gandolfini and HBO that kept The Sopranos on the air, but personal manager and producer Brad Grey is the guest of honor Monday evening in Beverly Hills at the Friends Finding A Cure: Project ALS Gala for his charitable and humanitarian efforts. Ben Stiller is hosting and the entertainment will include a performance by Paul Simon.