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Classic Notes About Perry Mason, Trump and “Cheers”

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

 

This is what I’m thinking:

It was slightly surprising that WBBZ, the independent station that carries classic TV shows, had an audience during the November sweeps that almost equaled that of WNYO and WNLO.

After all, WNYO and WNLO have advantages. WNYO is owned by the same company that owns Fox affiliate WUTV and carries more expensive and more recent syndicated programs as well as Channel 2’s 10 p.m. news. WNLO is the sister station of WIVB-TV and carries Channel 4’s very popular 10 O’Clock News and network programs from the CW.

WBBZ, which is locally owned by Phil Arno, was able to come within one-tenth of a point of those two stations on the strength of repeats of “Perry Mason,” “The Twilight Zone,” the old “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Untouchables.” Most of those series air at late night.

Speaking of classics, I stumbled into Barbara Walters’ program about the 10 most fascinating people of 2011 just in time to see Barbara pull Trump’s hair to see if it was real and then hear Trump deliver one of his classic inflated lines about himself. He noted that his endorsement in the Republican presidential race is extremely important and added this line: “I’m not saying that from an ego standpoint. “ Of course not. Can’t there be a moratorium on Trump network appearances? I’m just saying.

On the same program, Walters told New York Yankee star Derek Jeter that he’s been able to avoid any bad press or controversy about his personal life. “Don’t jinx me,” said Jeter. The interview undoubtedly was taped a while ago because Wednesday a New York tabloid “reported” that Jeter gives all of his female conquests a bag full of memorabilia after they leave his home in a limo. Jim Rome had a field day with that item on his show, which is carried locally on WGR.

By the way, the late Steve Jobs was named the most fascinating person of the year, ending the Walters policy of picking someone who is still alive.

Back to the classics. It seems kind of weird to hear the theme from “Cheers” and the lyrics “where everybody knows your name” during a commercial for an insurance company. It also is a little sad. Who knows, maybe Ted Danson will eventually become the company spokesman.

I had to laugh when Buffalo News critic Jeff Simon made a classic mistake and referred to the excellent Showtime series “Homeland” as “Homecoming” this week in the same column in which  he referred (again) to journalistic hacks when talking about critics who aren’t as worthy as he is. He called it “Homecoming” four times, which shows it wasn’t a typo. It was later fixed online. I sympathize with Simon. I used to refer to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” as “Boardwalk Jungle” more than a few times myself. Sometimes, the fingers and the brain don’t work well together and it can turn out to be embarrassing when you’re supposed to be an expert.

By the way, last Sunday’s semifinal of “Homeland” cut into the audience for HBO’s sneak preview of David Milch’s horse racing series, “Luck.” “Luck” had slightly more than a million viewers nationwide. It joins HBO’s lineup Jan. 29. More on it down the road. The “Homeland” finale is this Sunday.

A buddy of mine and I agree on some wild speculation concerning Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. We both think the Bills will tell everyone after the season that he’s been playing hurt for awhile. Remember, you read it here first.

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1 response to "Classic Notes About Perry Mason, Trump and “Cheers”"

  1. Tina says:

    I don’t really understand why Barbara Walters thinks Donald Trump is fascinating but I did love it when she asked him if his hair was combed over so dramatically because he is actually trying to hide a bald spot!!

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