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Dinosaur TV Week
Here are some highlights of U.S. national television programming
concerning dinosaurs, all times Eastern:
Monday, August 25
The History Channel, 10am & 3pm
"The Real West: Dinosaur Hunters of the Old West"
Marsh and someone described as "Edward Drinker" deal with
creationists, rivalry with each other, and understandably
irate Native Americans the Real West way.
Wednesday, August 27
The Learning Channel, 8pm & 11pm
"Seatek -- Experimental Divers"
Includes segment on evidence of a comet that chicken-fried many
dinosaurs (or so some claim)
Thursday, August 28
The Discovery Channel, 1pm
Perky host investigates amateur paleontology in between segments on
antique kitchen utensils and watercolor gifts. I'm not joking. A
Check your local listing for a PBS children's program called The
Magic Schoolbus, which is airing a program on dinosaurs on or
around Thursday in many TV markets.
Friday, August 29
The Disney Channel, 2pm
Miniature dinosaurs hatch in the basement (hasn't this happened
to everyone?), an odd idea because one of the most remarkable things
about dinosaurs, I've been told, is that they often could be quite
large. An evil "archaeologist" is out to get the miniatures when he
should in fact be excavating Hittite chariot wheels or something
else vaguely related to his field.
The Learning Channel, 8:30pm and 11:30pm
"Paleoworld -- Boneheads"
About the purpose of pachycephalosaurs' thick skull. I've seen this
and Bakker must be seen to be believed -- he does everything but put
on clown white to make his point. The man is pure entertainment.
Saturday, August 30th
USA Network, 1am (some people recognize this as late
"Dinosaur Valley Girls"
Dreadful B Movie reputed to have a nice stop-motion portrayal of a
Carnotaurus. Apparently has "adult themes."
Sunday, August 31st
The Discovery Channel, 10:30am
"Bonehead Detectives of the Paleoworld"
One of the 50 most beautiful people in the world heads to the
Sahara in search of dinosaurs
A full week, from the sublime to the absurd (heavy on the absurd --
this *is* TV) --
I'm not interested in how dinosaurs lived
I'm just glad they're dead
Jack Horner as quoted by Dan Quayle