I recently came across an old beaten up copy of TV Guide’s 1989
Fall Preview issue. I’ve jotted down my hazy recollections of every new show featured
in the mag and I’ve come to the conclusion that the ’89 fall schedule’s new
offerings were very weak indeed. I’ve been a TV addict since birth and I’m
amazed at how little ’of 89’s debuts left any kind of a lasting impression on
me. Your mileage may vary but here are
my very brief thoughts on the fall of ’89…
Fall Preview 1989
Cops: A perennial fave but one I've pretty much stopped
watching these days. There are only so many domestic violence calls, drug
stops, and vice stings you can watch before you’ve pretty much seen it all.
Open House : While I loved Duet, and Mary Page Keller in
particular, by the time this re-tooled version centered more on Alison LaPlaca
came around I'd lost interest. Ellen DeGeneres had a small role as a quirky
receptionist I seem to recall.
Anything But Love: Richard Lewis & Jamie Lee Curtis and
I never watched an episode.
Quantum Leap : Engaging, Sci-Fi soap that still wows them on
DVD and cable, thanks mostly to Bakula and Stockwell.
Living Dolls:HalleBerry and Leah Remini star in this Who's the Boss?
spin off (Alyssa Milano made a few appearances apparently) Never saw it and I
doubt even the Before They Were Stars
novelty would keep me more than mildly entertained now.
Life Goes On: Heartwarming family drama was never my thing
but the ladies of the house enjoyed it.
Booker: Richard Grieco's spin off from 21 Jump street. Naturally I avoided it like a staph
Free Spirit: Jennifer Beal-alike Corinne Bohrer (in the promo shot at least) starred as a
"funky free spirit" housekeeper who just happens to be a witch. I
can't even remember this Mary Poppins/Bewitched hybrid.
Sister Kate: An embarrassing footnote on the early resume of
Homeroom: Inner city school sitcom. Never heard of it.
Major Dad: Not as bad as it should have been .
The People Next Door - I seem to recall being mildly disappointed
by this Wes Craven created sitcom starring Jeffrey Jones as a Gary Larson-esque
cartoonist with psychic abilities, though I'd love to check it out again.
Alien Nation: Another Sci Fi soap opera - held only mild interest for me.
The Famous Teddy Z : Wasn't this Jon Cryer vehicle part of
the late Trio's Brilliant but cancelled season? If not it should have been… yep, I just checked and it was.
Rescue 911: Above average Dramatic re enactments, and Bill Shatner, made this a favorite for awhile.
Wolf: Jack Scalia as
a house boat dwelling P.I. I have no recollection of this but it seems just the
sort of thing Sleuth should be unearthing instead of the steady stream of A
Team. Simon and Simon and Knight Rider re-runs that the world's laziest
programmers fill it's slots with.
Chicken Soup: Jackie
Mason and Lynn Redgrave ( and young Katherine Erbe) starred in this schticky
sitcom. I probably checked it out for Mason but it hasn’t left any impression
Island Son: Richard Chamberlain played a sexy Doctor practicing
in Hawaii and I clearly was not
in the target demographic for this dud.
Peaceable Kingdom: Vet (animal not ‘Nam)
drama featuring the Bionic Woman and the dark haired Duke boy. My wife liked it
though I don't think it lasted very long.
Doogie Howser M.D: People whose taste I respect loved this.
I never watched it.
The Nutt House: People whose taste I respect hated this but
I loved every minute of it. Harvey Korman is a genius and it's a crime he
wasn't given more chances on the tube post Burnett. Cloris Leachman co-starred.
I still have an episode of this on VHS that i trot out every now and again when
I want to risk tinkling in my trousers.
The Young Riders: Horse Opera with pretty boys (including
Stephen Baldwin and Josh Brolin). Not my cup of sarsaparilla.
Top of the Hill: Political drama starring William Katt. Never
Snoops: Mr. and Mrs. Venus Flytrap follow-up the excellent
Frank's Place with this Thin Man inspired stab at urbane mystery. Should have
been quite good but I don’t remember it.
Baywatch: I was
apparently the only red blooded American male who didn't watch this beach blanket
melodrama with a bottle of lotion and a box of tissues near at hand.
Family Matters: Big hit but family comedies weren't high on
my list in those days.
Hardball: There's a motorcycle involved which is pretty much
the kiss of death for any slick crime drama.
Mancuso F.B.I: Decent Robert Loggia crime vehicle.
New series on cable included the vanity license plate themed
game show Bumper Stumpers, a new Dinah Shore chat show, Zorro and a Sneak Previews
parody on Nick at Nite called On the Television
Forty years ago Jean "A Christmas Story" Shepherd spent a fortnight in the Holy Land and returned to spend the entire next week of his nightly radio program regaling his listeners with tales of his Middle Eastern adventures. Here then are the five nightly installments of Jean's WOR show from the week of June 6th, 1966 plus that weekend's live stage show from a swinging Greenwich Village night club.
In case ya haven't noticed Scar Stuff is back with a slew of nifty blasts from the past including Fat Albert Halloween, Count Chocula, Frankenberry & Boo Berry "Cereal Flexis", Al Zanino's "The Vampire Speaks and "A Christian Perspective On Halloween" "as told by comedian & discredited "Ex-Satanist" Mike Warnke"
While I was away on holiday LibSyn re-activated Why Fidelity - I still have no idea what happened to cause it to go inactive but I'm thrilled to be back in business. I'll be posting a new show in the next couple of hours plus I'll add Why Fidelity 43 to the archive.
Battle of the Sexes isn't the best title for this week's podcast but I'm too lazy to re-record my intro & outro so Battle of the Sexes it is.
This show is, for the time being, only available via Rapidshare. LibSyn can't be bothered to answer any of my support requests so I suppose I'll have to figure out another hosting solution - for the time being Rapidshare is it.
"Yesterday was the end of Christmas in July, so today is the beginning of Chanukah in August. (A tradition proudly started last year!) Chanukah songs are much harder to come by in the dusty old LPs that I enjoy collecting, but I got lucky last week...'