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VIDEORGY: As predicted here months ago, MTV...

VIDEORGY: As predicted here months ago, MTV is trying to break up its cobwebby programming routine with a batch of new features. The best idea yet: “Hip Clip of the Week.” MTV execs pick the coolest new video, then program it more than 50 times each week (this week’s selection will be the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for the Right (to Party).” . . . The video channel also has a new show, “The Meldrum Tapes,” a new monthly rock gabfest hosted by Australian music journalist Ian (Molly) Meldrum. The hour show debuts tonight at 7 p.m. with special guest Cyndi Lauper. The bad news is that the series opener is a major disappointment. Lauper is her usual lively self, but Meldrum’s much-touted “inimitable interviewing style” consists largely of going over virtually all of the same territory the pop songstress has covered in past interviews here. (Don’t they get Rolling Stone in Australia?) . . . As of last week, MTV has also gotten into the kiddie-show business. The video channel has purchased a series of 39 half-hour animated shows called “The Beatles Cartoons.” Originally aired in 1965 on ABC-TV, the programs feature the cartoon versions of the Fab Four 4 in all their mid-'60s innocence. The story lines are ordinary, animation is primitive and the actors’ accents barely Liverpudlian (perhaps because two guys did all the voices). But it’s still a treat to hear a couple of genuine Beatles oldies (like “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”) in each episode. And the programs air at a genuine children’s hour: 7 each Saturday morning.


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