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Friday, June 20, 2008

'This Is Atlanta': Award-winning screen time

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 4:15 PM

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Here's a fond PopSmart wish of good luck to the folks at PBA30's "This Is Atlanta," which is up for a Southeast Emmy this Saturday for Best Magazine Program under the umbrella category Outstanding Achievement: Television Programming Excellence for its segment, "The Atlanta Downhill Challenge," about the city's popular soapbox derby race. (Oddly enough, the program is up against two episodes of "TBS Storyline," which was canned when Turner changed TBS to last year Peachtree TV. Unfortunate, considering Peachtree TV's "hyper-local" mission statement.)

We mentioned the Telly Award-winning program in one of our first PopSmart blog posts back in November, so we're excited to see what happens on Saturday. Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray are the nominated producers of the show, and do an impressive job of providing witty polish to a type of community program that, when not in the right hands, can run on the dull side. This stuff is compelling work, though, reminding Atlantans just how diverse its city really is.

Speak of the Tellys, "TIA" is running a "greatest-hits" collection of its Telly-winning program this month. The program won four Tellys: a Bronze for each of its profiles of Georgia Tech's Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, the Artaxi (my personal favorite), and the Burn Unit breakdance troupe, and a Silver (first place) for the episode that featured the Legynds role-playing group (pictured), the painting elephants at the Atlanta Zoo, Indie Craft Experience, Dragon*Con and Segway Tours.The episode began running last week, but there are plenty of other opportunities to be seen:Friday, June 20, 11:30 p.m.Monday, June 23, 9:40 p.m.Thursday, June 26, 8 p.m.Sunday, June 29, midnightIf you're impatient and don't mind watching them on the smaller screen, you can visit the PBA website and watch them here.Also, if you have a tough time catching "This Is Atlanta," you're not alone. Due to programming challenges, the show has no set time schedule — although it's nice to know it runs so frequently throughout the month. July's episode, currently in production, includes profiles of wheelchair football, kinetic sculpture, and the decidedly funky Seed & Feed Marching Abominable. Look for the confirmed schedule when we review the show next month.(Photo courtesy Jack Walsh)

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