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Family Ties will soon air Tuesday evenings on Channel 12.1; Popular family sitcom reflects station’s diverse ‘opinion’ lineup

DENVER – (December 4, 2009) – Some might say it’s a parallel universe.

Channel 12 – the home of conservative and liberal commentators and a multitude of diverse opinions in between – will soon launch Family Ties – the popular 1980’s sitcom that pairs liberal and free-spirited parents with children who are conservative and capitalistic.

The generation gap twist results in misunderstanding, embarrassment and humorous conflict as “hippie” idealism clashes with “yuppie” materialism.

And it doesn’t go unnoticed at Colorado Public Television that the father in the show plays a PBS producer.

Family Ties premieres Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 and 7:30 p.m. on PBS Channel 12.1.

The successful comedy series originally aired for seven seasons. As one of the top-rated series on television, Family Ties featured Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton and Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter Birney as his parents, Steven and Elyse Keaton. Regular stars also included. Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton, Tina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton and Brian Bonsall as Andrew Keaton.

Michael J. Fox won several Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award and other awards for his role as leading actor in the series and the series received numerous award nominations.  The series also received notoriety when then President Ronald Reagan cited it as his favorite television program.

A full schedule of air times for all Channel 12 programs is available at www.KBDI.org.


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Family Ties, the popular 1980's sitcom featuring Michael J. Fox, will begin airing Tuesdays at 7 and 7:30 p.m. on December 15 on PBS Channel 12.1.  

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