Ho-hum. Once again Media Monitor readers seem unimpressed with the new fall television season, judging from a relatively light response to our annual request for early favorite shows.
But one new program did generate a stir of enthusiasm: the CBS series "Brooklyn Bridge," a sweetly believable period piece from producer Gary David Goldberg ("Family Ties") about a multi-generational Jewish family in 1950s Brooklyn. Marion Ross ("Happy Days") is surprisingly persuasive as the grandmother and Danny Gerard is excellent as the central character kid (as good, in fact, as Fred Savage in "The Wonder Years").
The show can be seen at 8:30 tonight (Channel 11), but is moving to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Nov. 13. It is nice the network seems willing to give the series a chance to find more viewers, for it has ranked near the bottom in Nielsen numbers so far.
"By far the best new show on TV," is what reader Lydia Friedenberg of Baltimore (but a Brooklyn native) calls "Brooklyn Bridge." She adds, "the show is pure delight, a marvelous trip down memory lane."
"The grandmother in 'Brooklyn Bridge' is how we wish our grandmothers to be," adds Jane Hastings of Perry Hall, who presaged the CBS schedule move by noting the show was badly scheduled.
Two other new shows about which we heard nice things from readers include "Eerie, Indiana" on NBC Sunday night and "I'll Fly Away" on CBS Tuesdays.
Of the former, David Frost of Forest Hill writes that the show "provides a much-needed half hour of silver lining. This brilliant program is a delight and deserves much better treatment from NBC than being made a sacrifice to the Sunday night powerhouse, '60 Minutes.' "
And Minerva W. Williams of Baltimore likes "I'll Fly Away," another period piece with Sam Waterston and Regina Taylor set in the Deep South, "because of the splendid way in which warmth and human relationships were portrayed."
She adds, "I especially enjoyed the cleanliness of the language which would enable youngsters to know that there are still ways of expressing their inner feelings."
NEVERMORE! -- "Once upon an afternoon dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a dull and boring volume of football lore. . ."
So begins a clever promotion for a clever movie screening this weekend on WNUV-Channel 54, which capitalizes on author Edgar Allan Poe's Baltimore connection.
Beginning at noon on Sunday, the station has scheduled a pre-Halloween, four-film Poe marathon, all starring Vincent Price. They are "The Raven" (1963), "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964), "Tales of Terror" (1962) and "An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe" (1971).