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Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1985)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1985)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. I’m counting down the days until the Fall 2012 television season gets underway the only way I know how — by bringing you network promos for TV seasons long gone. Today’s preview is for ABC’s 1985 Fall TV season. ABC only returned 11 scripted series in 1985-86, compared to 15 for CBS and 18 for NBC. They also had the most shows from the previous season not returning, with 16. By season's end, ABC had two just shows in the ratings Top 10 (Dynasty and Who's the Boss?), and six in the Top 30. Here's the 1985 ABC Fall preview (in two parts), complete with an appropriation of Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."
Joe, you poor bastard

Joe, you poor bastard

People
I admit that in my day I wrote my share of sappy letters/emails to women. But sweet Lord, Joseph Dobbie's email makes my pinings look like ransom notes. I know a lot of people feel that it was wrong for the woman who received this to forward it on, thereby subjecting the lovelorn Joe to international humiliation. But for those who would follow in his footsteps, here are two cardinal rules of letter-writing that he broke. Please learn from his mistakes: Rule #1 -- Inner dialogue is meant to be just that: Inner. Joe's letter starts off innocently enough, but the red flag goes up right away when he writes, "OK. This is where my common sense is telling me to stop? keep it simple and positive Joe." Well, that should've been the first clue. Unless you're William Faulkner or Hunter S. Thomps...