ATLANTA -- The Turner Broadcasting System, calling ABC's 'Amerika' miniseries unrealistic, said Wednesday it will counter the 14-hour television saga with programs stressing world peace.
WTBS developed its programming after Ted Turner watched a 90-minute synopsis of 'Amerika,' branded it 'redneck' and decided it was not an accurate portrayal of the world situation.
'The program content is not conducive to world peace or necessarily to good relations between the United States and the Soviet Union,' said TBS executive Robert Wussler.
'It portrays a situation hypothetical in nature in which the Soviet government is in total control of this country,' he said. 'We think for people to be speculating and trying to envision those circumstances is not a good idea.'
The WTBS series, called 'Beyond Fear,' will air throughout February and will not run head-to-head with 'Amerika.' The WTBS series will feature a Soviet-made movie on the agony of life after a nuclear holocaust and a documentary on the perceptions Americans and Soviets have of each other.
'Amerika,' which stars Kris Kristofferson and will air the week of Feb. 15, portrays life in the United States after a bloodless Soviet takeover.
Turner branded the ABC miniseries 'redneck' because he said it made people more fearful of the Soviet Union.
'I see America with a 'c' as a very strong nation, not weak,' Turner said. 'I see the Soviet Union in the same way. An invasion or takeover by either side seems inconceivable to me.
Turner is not the only one upset with 'Amerika.' United Nations officials are considering suing ABC because the UN is portrayed as a puppet 'peacekeeping force' of the Soviet Union.
Wussler said TBS decided to broadcast its alternative programs at different times from 'Amerika' so viewers can see as many viewpoints as possible.
'We're trying to offer an alternative, say to people there are other ways of life and other points of view,' Wussler said.