Look for a local angle Sunday in the ABC series "America's Funniest Home Videos" (at 8 p.m., WJZ-Channel 13): Towson resident Debbie Meyer and family are among the three finalists for the weekly $10,000 prize for the night's best video.
"It was really exciting, but we were in shock it happened so fast," says Meyer of the Hollywood taping, which took place about a month ago.
Under the show's rules she is not allowed to reveal whether her tape is a winner. But she can describe it.
At Thanksgiving dinner last year, Meyer's niece, Erin Meyer, was singing for the family camcorder "when my son [2-year-old Frank] just came along and pulled her pants down," says Meyer. "We thought it was cute, and just decided to send it in to the show."
Release forms to use the tape arrived several weeks later, "and we just thought they were going to show it. But then they called me on a Tuesday and said 'we're flying you out on Thursday."
Tickets arrived by special delivery and soon, along with Erin and the little boy who started it all, Debbie and husband Frank were ZTC off for a quick few days in California, taping the show on a Friday and returning home Sunday morning.
So what is host Bob Saget really like? They don't know, says Meyer, for "we never got to chat with him or anything."
ON AND OFF THE AIR:
* A few weeks ago interviewer David Frost launched a second season of his ". . .Talking With David Frost" PBS series by chatting up George and Barbara Bush. Tonight (at 10, Maryland Public Television), he interviews the chief executive's Republican challenger, primary candidate Pat Buchanan, the once-and-future (no doubt) TV commentator.
* In something of an Academy Awards scoop, Maria Shriver on Saturday sneaks NBC in ahead of rival ABC, for her periodic "First Person With. . ." show (at 10 p.m., Channel 2) includes an interview with Billy Crystal.
The comic, of course, is host of Monday's Oscar show on ABC (9 p.m. Channel 13), and NBC slyly bills the Shriver story by promising viewers a look "inside the man behind the Oscar microphone."
* Have household roles changed much over the years? Cable's Nick at Nite offers some evidence Saturday in another of its theme packages of old series reruns.
In "Men in the Kitchen," beginning at 10 p.m. on the basic service, episodes of "Dragnet," "Green Acres," "Superman" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" explore what used to happen when men were left with domestic duties.