Worthy idea gets an airing as VH-1 showcases eight individuals who contribute to helping other people. As host Blair Underwood says, it’s about extraordinary ordinary people — Good News People — giving others a lift.
The helpers include the chairman of a YMCA black achievers program, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead working for environmental awareness by making public service spots, a woman who encourages prisoners — some dangerous — by talking with them, and a volunteer at an Alzheimer’s day care center who’s been working with his own hands on a larger building, where patients will be able to stay overnight while their caretakers get a respite.
VH-1 and cable operators helped the producers choose the subjects. Trouble with the docu is that the stories are too brief.
A second program airs Wednesday at the same time; this one deals with groups of Good News People as well as individuals. It’s hosted by Christie Brinkley, produced by Marge Doherty.
A personable, one-legged runner makes a point of visiting children to show them how a handicapped person isn’t necessarily limited. A miniseries could be done around this vibrant man, Dennis Oehler of Long Island.
Idea of showing how good people do things for others may not sound like it would have much punch, but filling out the bios of the Good News People would give the programs more impact. How commercially viable the concept is is another matter.