Thursday , October 1 2020
The creation of the Sword in the Stone ride continues (Imagineer Quest Part 2, as I like to call it).

PBS Primetime Programming for the Week of August 24

People have asked me (not really, but let's go with it anyway), if I'm serious about my plan for a Sword in the Stone ride, the ride I would create were I an Imagineer and given the chance. The answer is, unabashedly, yes, I'm totally serious. I truly do believe in the attraction or I wouldn't waste my time with it. Now, my telling you all about it in no way means that the ride will be built, but I'd love to see it built. I'd love to, at the very least, see it discussed (and not just by me).

 
Sunday, August 24

8:00 – 9:00PM

Nature – "A Mystery in Alaska.” See, this title is a clever play on the movie Mystery, Alaska. Do you understand what Nature is doing here? They’re referencing a not terribly popular movie because at the time the episode went into production no one knew that the movie wouldn’t be terribly popular. It’s a play on words that negatively impacts the episode, but that could have helped had the movie done better (needless to say, this episode is a repeat).

9:00PM – 10:30PM

Masterpiece Mystery! – "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Series VI – 'Natural Causes.'" The eight Earl of Asherton (that would by Thomas Lynley) is going back in time. Earlier this month Series VII aired, now we're back on Series VI. Poor Lynley, he's in for some serious heartache at the end of this series.

10:30PM – 11:00PM

Ribbon of Sand. Things change. It's the way of the world. It just happens. Things change. Get used to it. In this documentary Meryl Streep tells us all about how things change off the coast of North Carolina, in North Carolina's Outer Banks, to be specific. The sand shifts, the beautiful islands that exist now may not exist in the future. Things change.

 
Monday, August 25:

8:00 – 11:00PM

PBS Convention Coverage – A Newshour Special Report – "Democratic Convention." I am really and truly excited for this, and you should be too. Seriously, this is a big election coming up. The world is changing, and depending on who we elect, it might change differently. We should all be well aware of who we're going to vote for (or against) and why we're going to do that.

 
Tuesday, August 26:

8:00 – 11:00PM

PBS Convention Coverage – A Newshour Special Report – "Democratic Convention." I am really and truly excited for this, and you should be too. Seriously, this is a big election coming up. The world is changing, and depending on who we elect, it might change differently. We should all be well aware of who we're going to vote for (or against) and why we're going to do that.

 
Wednesday, August 27:

8:00 – 11:00PM

PBS Convention Coverage – A Newshour Special Report – "Democratic Convention." I am really and truly excited for this, and you should be too. Seriously, this is a big election coming up. The world is changing, and depending on who we elect, it might change differently. We should all be well aware of who we're going to vote for (or against) and why we're going to do that.

 
Thursday, August 28:

8:00 – 11:00PM

PBS Convention Coverage – A Newshour Special Report – "Democratic Convention." I am really and truly excited for this, and you should be too. Seriously, this is a big election coming up. The world is changing, and depending on who we elect, it might change differently. We should all be well aware of who we're going to vote for (or against) and why we're going to do that.

 
Friday, August 29:

8:00 – 8:30PM

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal #4808. Another whole week has gone by and good old Gwen Ifill and National Journal are here to fill us in. For the record, I like to pretend the National Journal is a sidekick, like Robin to Batman, Starsky to Hutch, or chocolate sauce to chocolate ice cream.

8:30 – 9:00PM

NOW on PBS #434. It’s the Emmy award-winning weekly newsmagazine. It looks at issues facing our democracy. The show is hosted by David Brancaccio. And, even better, they still send me e-mails (I think that makes me cool and them nice). Thanks, Now, you guys are awesome!

9:00 – 10:00PM

Bill Moyers Journal #1220. It’s Bill Moyers. It’s his 1,220th journal (not really, but I’m not going to explain to you the way in which TV shows are numbered at this point in time, maybe later if you’re nice). He’s a good journalist so I assume this will be good journalism (at least the odds are it will).

10:00 – 11:00PM

A Hot Dog Program. It's another re-air of a Rick Sebak special. It's a road trip, it's a wacky good time, it might just be plain old fun (I haven't seen it, so I can't attest to it). Sebak goes and looks at some of the most famous hot dog places ever. Let's see, there will be Nathan's, there will be Pink's, and, I hope, Walter's (cause that's actually the best of them).

Saturday, August 30:

9:00 – 10:00PM

Austin City Limits – " The New Orleans Social Club". Weeks after Katrina, legends of New Orleans music got together and celebrated the city that helped make them and their style famous. People in the group include some original members from the Meters and the Neville Brothers. I make fun of things, I know that, but that New Orleans music is just wonderful.

 

So, how to make the horses on which the riders will be experiencing the attraction feel like fish (in one of the scenes in the movie, and consequently on the ride, Wart is transformed to a fish)? I think that the right way to handle it is to have the horses held aloft from underneath in what feels like a loose way. We talked last week about the room being misty to add to the feel, I think that if the horses practically sway (for lack of a better word), combined with the mist, that would create the right effect. Plus, the way I see it now, there ought to be actual streaming water (waterfalls) on the sides of the room to further add to the effect.

About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.

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