TNT will be exploding on local cable systems Monday as Turner Network Television becomes a new basic-cable channel.
The new channel from cable mogul Ted Turner goes on the air at 8 p.m. with part one of "Gone With the Wind." Part two airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
TNT will be carried locally by all five of the major cable companies. TCI will carry the station on Channel 7, Adelphia/International will carry it on Channels 61 and 37, Adelphia/Niagara on Channel 41, Jones on Channel 30 and Jones/Grand Island on Channel 26.
A listing of TNT's programs will be added to the daily TV grids of The News as soon as possible and will be picked up in the new, expanded listings that are being developed for TV Topics.
The new service will offer a hefty dose of movies from some of the 3,300 titles in Turner's extensive film library.
Other programming includes Jim Henson's "Muppet Show" and "Fraggle Rock," an award-winning Hal Holbrook series called "Portrait of America," Bugs Bunny and Popeye cartoons, plus syndicated shows and reruns of series like "Medical Center."
"The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind," a Turner-sponsored documentary about the film classic, will air at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday. The behind-the-scenes special about the movie was produced by L. Jeffrey and Daniel Selznick, sons of "GWTW" producer David O. Selznick. It includes some great stuff from the Selznick family archives like clips of different famous actresses trying out for the part of Scarlet O'Hara.