WBAL examines how the family works

A thoughtful pun hides within the title of "The Family Works!" a new local production on WBAL (Channel 11) tonight.

For it takes work to make a family work, and the WBAL program launches a two-year public affairs campaign aimed at supporting families in a time when they face extraordinary stress.


Tonight's program (at 8 o'clock) begins with a half-hour taped presentation featuring actress Ann Jillian, produced by WBAL's sister Hearst Broadcasting station WCVB-TV in Boston. It explores three different family structures, a working couple, a second marriage/stepchild relationship and a multi-generational, manless family.

Channel 11 anchor Rod Daniels moderates the second half-hour in front of a live studio audience and a panel of family experts. Viewers may telephone (410) 481-8844 to present questions.


A second part of "The Family Works!" campaign premieres on Sunday, when "The Family Works Forum" airs at 11:30 a.m. The hour-long show, taped with a studio audience, is the first of monthly forums to air the first Sunday of the month through the year.

Anchor Carolyn McEnrue and reporter Tim Tooten serve as hosts. This weekend's first topic is living with teen pregnancy.

(An item in yesterday's Family Forum column in The Evening Sun incorrectly said "The Family Works Forum" would air live at 7 p.m. Friday. It is not scheduled then.)



* In the Shameless Plug Department: When Seth Winston and Rob Fried accepted their Academy Award for live-action short subject Monday, viewers were urged to watch their film, "Session Man," when it is screened later this month on cable's Showtime service.

OK, but when? You can catch it three times, as part of the "Showtime 30-Minute Movie:" at midnight April 14, 11:30 p.m. April 16 and 9:35 p.m. April 20.

* In the Heard But Not Seen Department: Who else noticed the significant presence of film artist Woody Allen?


During Chuck Workman's very nice montage of comic moments in Hollywood history, which opened the show, a lengthy chunk was accompanied by the Dixieland jazz music from the score of Allen's 1973 comedy "Sleeper." Movie trivia buffs know that clarinetist Allen sat in with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the movie soundtrack.

* And in the In Your Face Department: Do you think those barbs from Jessica Tandy, Liza Minnelli and Shirley Maclaine about not nominating Barbra Streisand in the Best Director category (for "The Prince of Tides") were off-the-cuff?

Not likely. A cameraman had to be kneeling in front of Streisand to get her reaction shots.