Hey - have I mentioned . . .
. . . that University of Utah Vice President (and "Civic Dialogue" host) Ted Capener was officially elected chairman of the PBS Board of Directors in San Diego a couple of weeks ago? He is the second Utahn to serve in the position (LDS Church apostle Elder Dallin H. Oaks was the first), and he joins fellow Utahns Bruce Christensen (PBS president) and Fred Esplin (KUED general manager and a member of the PBS Board of Directors) in positions of prominence in Public Broadcasting.. . . that "Miami Vice" has filmed its final gun battle? But nobody connected with the show will confirm rumors that Crockett and Tubbs go out like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the finale, which will air May 21.
. . . that NBC's attempts to secure interviews with members of the Oliver North jury are more amusing than they are unethical? As I remember reading about the jury selection process, great care was taken to find people who hadn't seen any news reports about Oliver North, or stumbled across the televised Iran-Contra hearings, or had formed any opinions about North's guilt or innocence. Which tells me that these people probably don't even know what NBC News is, let alone be influenced by a request for a post-verdict interview.
. . . that ABC has already renewed thirtysomething for 22 episodes next season, and CBS has picked up Dallas, Knots Landing and Falcon Crest for another year. The renewal of Peabody Award-winning "thirtysomething" isn't a surprise, nor is the pick-up on "Dallas" and "Knots Landing," both of which have been top 30 performers through most of the season. But "Falcon Crest" is something of a surprise, since it has spent most of the year toward the bottom of the Nielsen ratings. I'm guessing that CBS just likes the "Dallas"-"Falcon Crest" package and prefers to keep it on the air as a team.
. . . that Alaskan yuppies have a new favorite series: "10Wthirtysomething"? At least, that's what I've heard.
. . . that KSTU is paying a fitting tribute to Lucille Ball by showing 12 of the most popular I Love Lucy episodes during the 1 p.m. weekday running of the show through May 12? You just can't get tired of seeing Lucy doing a commercial for Vitameatavegamin. Or working with Ethel in the chocolate factory. Or soaking up local color in an Italian grape vat. Or tangoing with Ricky with two dozen eggs stuffed in her coat. Or stealing John Wayne's footprints from Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Or . . . well, you get the point. In fact, we're posting a full-scale VCR ALERT! for the rest of the special run.
. . . that the U.S. Secret Service is asking viewers to watch tonight's episode of Unsolved Mysteries (7 p.m., Ch. 2)? The program will re-enact the Los Angeles-area murder of Special Agent Julie Y. Cross, the first female federal officer to be killed in the line of duty. The Secret Service is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the indictment of Cross' assailants.
. . . that Cristina Ferrare will not return to ABC's "The Home Show" following her maternity leave? Like Sandy Hill before her, she has decided that staying home with her family is more important than "Home." So Robb Weller will continue to host the show with weekly guest co-hosts for the time being.
. . . that a BYU professor claims that adult males who watch TV more than three hours a day are twice as likely to be obese than men who spend less than one hour in front of the tube? "Because television viewers are bombarded by thousands of messages for non-nutritious foods via advertisements and prime-time programs," Dr. Larry A. Tucker reports, "and because television viewing correlates with snacking and consumption of foods advertised on television, it is possible frequent viewers consume significantly more calories than their counterparts, and hence are more obese."
Well, at least now I know why my pants have been feeling rather snug lately. I thought I was just having sympathy stomach for my pregnant wife.
. . . that Fox's "COPS" is in Moscow - the one in the Soviet Union, not the one in Idaho - following the everyday moves of Soviet police? And Soviet officials are even promising that they won't censor any of the footage. I mean, we're talking serious "glasnost" here.
. . . that Garth Ancier, former Fox Entertainment president and, before that, a Brandon Tartikoff protege at NBC, is now the president of network TV production for Walt Disney Studios?
. . . that Bob Vila has found a new home outside of PBS's "This Old House"? Vila, you will recall, was evicted from the PBS series as a result of some commercial conflicts. But now he's signed a deal to produce his own syndicated home-repair series next fall.
. . . that Amy Walker is 11 years old today? Happy birthday, sweetheart!