Little screen has a big obsession with lists

Television

October 24, 2004|By NEWSDAY

How obsessed with lists is today's showbiz-centric tube? Music channel VH1 seems to do nothing other than best/worst countdowns. E! fills time with hot celebrity moments. And now TV Land gets into the game with its Wednesday-at-10 originals slot.

Recent specials aired under the "TV Land's Top 10" banner have charted classic Andy Griffith Show moments and even best-loved TV dads. (Andy Taylor came in first. Ozzy Osbourne and Ozzie Nelson tied for 10th.)

TV Cars rolled in last week with comments from tube stars, auto designers and NASCAR drivers. From stock models such as Starsky & Hutch's red-and-white Ford Torino, to creations like the Munsters coach and the Batmobile, it seemingly covered everything that ever moved.

Viewers can weigh in for future lists at www.tvland.com/topten (though we're suspicious how much it matters, since James Garner's Rockford Files Firebird made the on-air list without being an online choice).

Opinions are sought on candidates for TV Land countdowns, plus tribute possibilities, including TV moms, catchphrases and "lovable losers, geeks and nerds."

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