As PROMISED some weeks ago, here is a critique of the new fall TV shows:
"Parenthood" (NBC): Haven't seen it yet, but the word from Sylvia at my neighborhood 7-Eleven is that it's "uneven." Unless she said: "I'm leavin'." To tell you the truth, it was very noisy and I might have misunderstood. Sometimes you can't hear yourself think in there.
Catty-corner to the Slurpee machine is no place to carry on a decent conversation, that's for sure.
"Get a Life" (Fox): Haven't caught this one yet. Off the top of my head, it sounds like some kind of career-woman-in-midlife-crisis show. You know what was a good show? "Charlie's Angels." God, I was in love with Jaclyn Smith.
"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC): About the only thing I watch on Mondays is the football game, so haven't had a chance to check this one out yet. You're going to think this is crazy, but I'd love to know where Dan Dierdorf gets his sportcoats. There's a guy who knows how to dress.
"The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (CBS). This one's on a little too late for me (10 p.m.), so haven't caught it yet. It's not that I'm already asleep by 10, but I'm at least getting ready for bed, washing my face, brushing my teeth, that sort of thing. Overheard someone in the cafeteria talking about this show, but then the conversation switched to the Bleu cheese dressing on his salad (apparently it was watery) and the Mideast crisis. So I really don't know.
"Lenny" (CBS). This one I haven't seen yet. The funny thing is, my best friend in high school was named Lenny. Lenny Losato. This is probably about a different Lenny, but you never know. I should tune in one night to make sure.
"Married People" (ABC): Almost caught this one last week, but a huge thunderstorm rolled in during the opening credits and our cable went out. By the time it came back on, I was fast asleep. Woke up the next morning to "Farm Report" where they were talking about the soybean market. Talk about disorienting . . .
"Cop Rock" (ABC): My brother-in-law is a cop, so I should probably watch this show, but as yet haven't had a chance. Same old problem: It's on at 10. There seem to be a lot of good shows on at 10, so maybe I'll push my bedtime back an hour. The thing is, if I don't get a solid eight hours in the rack, I'm a zombie the next day.
"The Flash (CBS): This one is on my bowling night, so I might never catch it. (This is probably neither here nor there, but we're looking for a fourth on our bowling team, if anyone's interested. John Kiefer, who works for IBM, was recently transferred to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Takes with him a 187 average, so that's going to hurt, no question.)
"True Colors" (Fox): Haven't seen it. 'Nuff said. (By the way, the going-away party for John Kiefer will be held next Tuesday night at 8 at the American Legion hall in Perryville. Call if you need directions. There should be plenty of beer and cold cuts. Plus we're all chipping in to get him a gag gift of some kind.)
"Evening Shade" (CBS): Not having seen this, I probably shouldn't say anything. But . . . someone told my wife that Burt Reynolds looks old. Hey, none of us is getting any younger. You can't stop Father Time.
"DEA" (Fox): Haven't seen it yet, but it sounds like another cop show. I'll tell you what was a good show: "Kojak." Remember? Theo, Crocker, Stavros . . . Kojak sticking that little flashing red light on the roof of his car and screeching off to another murder scene . . . Stavros getting take-off food for the guys from the little Greek restaurant around the corner . . . that was entertainment. Not like the crap they have on today (or so I'm told).
"Lifestories" (NBC): Let me tell you up front that I haven't seen this one. But the name of the show is sort of boring, so I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for high drama if I were you. You can tell a lot about a show from its name. You know what was a good name for a show? "Kojak."
"American Dreamer" (NBC): Boy, it's always something. Believe it or not, I had just settled down to watch this show when one of the dogs in the neighborhood knocked over our garbage cans. So there I was picking garbage off the cold, damp ground for 40 minutes. It's probably how I picked up this cold, too. Needless to say, I missed the show.
"Working It Out" (NBC): To be honest, I haven't seen this one yet.