Taking stock of the new fall shows


October 07, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

With tonight's movie-length premiere of NBC's "I'll Fly Away" (reviewed elsewhere today), the networks new fall shows have almost all appeared. (Exceptions include CBS' "Palace Guard," due Oct. 18, and the revamped "Carol Burnett Show" on Nov. 1).

Oh, well, close enough for TV. It's time for Media Monitor to ask: What do you think so far?

Specifically, before any shows are canceled -- whoops! too late, "The Ron Reagan Show" will go away at the end of the month -- we'd like to know what one new show readers like the best and which you like the least.

Write: Media Monitor/Steve McKerrow, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or fax responses to (301) 332-6666. Be brief, but frank. What is good about your favorite, and bad about your stinker?

In a few weeks, a future column will share responses and come up with a list of most-likely-to-be-canceled series.

To get you started, one of the most interesting shows of the new season from this quarter is NBC's "Eerie, Indiana," at 8:30 p.m. Sundays (Channel 2). Directed by Joe ("Gremlins") Dante, it's well worth watching, if only to see if it can keep the quirky quality of its early outings.

Have you caught it yet? Child actor Omri Katz (previously J.R.'s boy on "Dallas") is a hoot as the one member of his family who thinks there are weird things going on in Middle America -- more weird even than in New Jersey, where he's from.

In the first episode, for example, the boy discovered a neighbor who put her twin boys to bed every night inside hermetically sealed containers of "Foreverware" -- and they never aged.


ON THE BAY -- An 18-minute environmental study of the Chesapeake Bay, produced by the advocacy group Chesapeake XTC Bay Foundation, is getting telecast time this month on Baltimore County's Comcast Cablevision system.

"Living on the Edge" debuts at 9 tonight on Cable Channel 17, the service of Essex Community College. Repeats are scheduled throughout the month, including Oct. 11, 12, 17, 23, 25 and 27 (check listings for times).


CHANGING TIMES -- Remember when they didn't even show married people sharing a double bed on TV, let alone hinting they might have marital relations? Boy, have things changed.

On tonight's "Evening Shade" (8 p.m., Channel 11), Wood (Burt Reynolds) goes into the hospital for a vasectomy, while his son is also there for a tonsillectomy.

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