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|October 18, 2017|
Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
The film is the Hallmark Channel production of "Generation Gap" and Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says we should be grateful for that, noting that it's striking a note of comfortable familiarity in an ever-changing world.
Scheduled for Oct. 25, "Generation Gap" tells a time-honored story of a teenager in constant trouble. By today's standards, Sokolsky notes, the kid is not that bad. But his single mom can take no more so she sends him off to spend the summer with a grumpy grandpa, played by Ed Asner.
Grandpa, a World War II veteran, goes to work on him and the young man changes into a decent person. He, in turn, helps Grandpa find some romance.
Sokolsky says everything plays out in suspected fashion after that with the stockpiling of the usual clichés.
However, he adds, viewers may find some comfort in a TV planet "where everything will always be all right, for at least two hours, minus commercials and promos."
Episode Date: October 17, 2008