Utah television in general and KUTV in particular - was a big winner in this year's Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, announced last weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Of the 57 awards presented, Salt Lake stations and producers accumulated 22 gold statuettes, with KUTV bringing home 12, KSL and Bonneville Media joining forces for five and KTVX winning three. KUTV's trophy total was second only to the 17 Emmys won by KPNX-TV of Phoenix, and the Salt Lake City haul was just behind the 32 awards won by Phoenix stations.The Rocky Mountain Emmy competition includes stations in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada and Texas.
KUTV's winners included Deborah Hamberlin, Maria Smith, Duff Clawson, Vicky Osborn, Larry Warren, Bill Tumpowsky, Michael Rawson, Kyle Burdash, Farah Mahi, Christa Powell, Tami Sanders, Kenneth Fall, Scott Jones, Michael Rhinehart and Lee Charles Byers.
KSL's winners were Steve Cyphers, George Griner, Louise Degn, Shelley Thomas and Jim Roybal. Honored from KTVX were John Greene and Jerry Andersch, whose award for journalistic enterprise is especially prestigious.
Other Utah winners included James Gartner and Stan Ferguson of Bonneville Media, Roger S. Olson of STS Production Services, and Paul Kirwin and John Neal Crossman of Kirwin Productions of Park City.
* CBS WON THE BATTLE but NBC won the war in last week's Nielsen ratings. The battle for the week's No. 1 program went to CBS's coverage of Game 7 of the NBA Championship Series. Not only was the Laker win far and away the week's most-watched program, but A.C. Nielsen Co. figures also indicate it was the most-watched professional basketball game ever.
However, as strong as the game was for CBS, it wasn't strong enough to catapult the (newly remodeled) Big Eye Network into its second consecutive weekly ratings win. That war went to NBC despite the continuing failure of "The Cosby Show" to finish in the weekly top three.
The top 10 programs for the week were: 1. NBA Championship Series, Game 7 (CBS); 2. Night Court (NBC); 3. 60 Minutes (CBS); 4. Sunday Night Movie: Perry Mason - The Case of the Notorious Nun (NBC); 5. The Cosby Show (NBC) and Cheers (NBC); 7. Murder, She Wrote (CBS); 8. A Different World (NBC) and Tuesday Night Movie: Silent Witness (NBC); and 10. Golden Girls (NBC).
The second 10 consisted of: 11. Sunday Night Movie: Vanishing Act (CBS); 12. Hunter (NBC); 13. L.A. Law (NBC); 14. Who's the Boss?' (ABC); 15. ALF (NBC); 16. Amen (NBC) and Head of the Class (ABC); 18. Growing Pains (ABC); 19. Monday Night Movie: Encounters in the Night (NBC); and 20. The Hogan Family (NBC) and Perfect Strangers (ABC).
The week's big losers (not counting Fox and Michael Spinks) were: 63. Sledge Hammer! (ABC), Tour of Duty (CBS) and Our House (NBC); 66. Disney Sunday Movie (CBC); 67. West 57th (CBS); 68. Probe (ABC); and 69. Hotel (ABC).
* ON THE TUBE TONIGHT: So . . . who are you going to believe about Hothouse (8 p.m., Ch. 4)? The critics have been pretty divided on this ABC series, which features Art Malik, Michael Learned, Josef Summer and Alexis Smith as staff members at a suburban mental health clinic. Tom Shales of The Washington Post calls it "an ambitious, well-acted and provocative series." Kay Gardella of The New York Daily News says that "psychiatry could prove to be a fertile dramatic field but the problems have to be more interesting than those presented here." Peter Farrell of the Portland Oregonian takes the middle ground, indicating that "for a summer series, `Hothouse' isn't all that bad - far ahead of "Blue Skies" on CBS and other stuff dredged up for the summer."
I don't know who to believe, either. So I guess we'll just have to watch it together tonight and decide for ourselves.
But first, let's take a look at 48 Hours (7 p.m., Ch. 5) and what promises to be an interesting look at Los Angeles street gangs, and the efforts being made by public and private organizations to get a violent problem under control. And then later we can tune in to NBC's late-night coverage of Wimbledon (12:20 a.m., Ch. 2), with a taped telecast of a women's singles semifinal match.
Elsewhere: The Cheers (8 p.m., Ch. 2) gang gets together for Frasier's bachelor party; Cinderella looks like a potential home-wrecker on The Charmings (7:30 p.m., Ch. 4); world religions are compared on Joseph Campbell & the Power of Myth (8 p.m., Ch. 7); HBO presents The Best of Not Necessarily the News (9 p.m., HBO); Marshall Thompson and Betsy Drake star with Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (8 p.m., Ch. 13); and KOOG reminds us of Korea: The Forgotten War (7 p.m., Ch. 30).
Looking Toward Friday: NBC has more live Wimbledon (9 a.m., Ch. 2) coverage, with men's semifinal matches until 2 p.m.; KTVX presents The Black Stallion (7 p.m., Ch. 4); CBS repeats the weepy Camille (8 p.m., Ch. 5); Peter Ustinov stars in The Immortal Beethoven (8 p.m., Ch. 7); and pay cable services premiere Dragnet (9 p.m., HBO) with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks and Predator (9:30 p.m., SHO) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a lot of graphic violence.