So now that we've endured all those obnoxious Fox promotional ads during the Emmy Awards telecast Sunday night, what are the chances that we'll see any of those shows on local television in the near future now that KSTU has declined to sign up for another season as Utah's Fox affiliate?Not good.
When we announced KSTU's defection from Fox a couple of weeks ago, FBC officials anxiously phoned to insist that negotiations were underway to continue the agreement between the fledgling network and Ch. 13. One woman even warned me that I would be "embarrassed" if I printed the story, because things were going to be patched up between the two entities before I could even get into print.
But that just hasn't happened. "I was surprised to read that," said KSTU general manager Milt Jouflas last week. "There are no negotiations going on right now. In fact, after I read that I called them to see what they were talking about. They never even returned my call."
Some negotiations, huh?
"It's ego," Jouflas concluded. "They don't want us to be the ones saying were ending the relationship. They want to be able to say it was their decision."
Oh, the old "you can't fire me - I quit" syndrome.
Still, Jouflas confirmed his willingness to talk to Fox about picking up some of their shows individually. "We'd love to have Married . . . With Children," he said. "That show plays awfully well here for some reason."
Better make that "played," Milt. At least for now.
* DID ANYONE CATCH KSL's new 15-minute sports show, Sports Beat Sunday, Sunday night after the late news? With all the sporting events that need coverage on Sundays, this extended sportscast anchored by Craig Bollerjack looks like a winner.
* ON THE TUBE TONIGHT: On a scale of one to 10, we'd have to rate tonight's television schedule a six - a little higher if you're into informational programming.
The most troubling - and perhaps the most important - information comes from Crimes Against Children (9 p.m., Ch. 4), an ABC News Closeup report on the current status of foster care in the United States. Rebecca Chase follows up on ABC's 1979 look at the problems in foster care and finds that things haven't improved much in nine years. In fact, she says, in some ways things are worse, with so many youngsters needing care that it is impossible for case workers to adequately monitor each one.
Earlier in the evening there's Waterhole (7 p.m., Ch. 7), a Survival Anglia documentary about the rich and varied wildlife that gathers at a single spring-fed pool in Africa. KBYU has a fine Nature (8 p.m., Ch. 11) episode about the biological rebirth that takes place in Kenya after rains relieve the worst drought in African history. And NBC's Summer Showcase (9 p.m., Ch. 2) follows up on Maria Shriver's report on "Women Behind Bars" and profiles Navy pilots and Spanish matadors.
Elsewhere: Blood & Orchids (8 p.m., Ch. 5) concludes; Sir John Gielgud stars as The Canterville Ghost (8 p.m., Ch. 13), back to haunt an Ohio family that is new to the castle; and the San Diego Padres visit the New York Mets in Major League Baseball (5:30 p.m., Ch. 30).