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By Margaret Moser

JULY 20, 1998:  Hot weather makes me crabby. I haven't watched TV with Weezer in weeks. Let's read through the "TV Eye" mailbag.

Hi Margaret,

We at the Web page Lost Armadillos in Heat are urging folks to protest the cancellation of Austin Stories. Hey, it wasn't perfection, but neither was The Seinfeld Chronicles.

With this in mind, we've set up a direct link to MTV's feedback page from LAIH. You and your readerscanfinditat: http://members.aol.com/lostdillos/armadillo.html. We must act now if we are to save hot dog necks and Spoon T-shirts for future generations. Last time I saw Howard Kremer he was in the Taco Cabana drive-thru waving a coupon. God save his pitiful soul.

Oh, you're right: Laura House has the brightest future.

Lost Armadillos in Heat

Dear Joe,

Trying to save Austin Stories is a lost cause but your efforts are noble and will not go unrewarded by the Goddess. My suggestion is to approach it like MTV did with My So-Called Life and make a pitch to a competitive network to embrace it enthusiastically and make the people at MTV look as stupid as ABC for pissing away Claire Danes.

Your site rocks, though. Now, where's my free bumpersticker?


Re: "TV Eye" #43. Don't review sports.


Dear Andy,

You're right. heh heh.

This is excerpted from a postcard from Dale R. sent to Weezer while he was subbing for me on vacation. "...Invasion America is dark, fast-paced animation. Perhaps it's not just South Park that you don't like but any animation."

Oooh, Dale! You nailed that one! Weez is not an animation fan though we did watch all the South Park episodes. I can't for the life of me get him to sit through Bugs Bunny, though. However, Dale, I have two promo cassettes for Invasion America and they're yours if you want them; drop me a line.

Wonder Woman sent me her Top 10 shows except there are 12:

  1. Beverly Hills 90210

  2. Welcome Back Kotter

  3. TheMary Tyler Moore Show

  4. The Facts of Life

  5. Seinfeld

  6. Friends

  7. The Simpsons

  8. Degrassi Jr. High

  9. Family Ties

  10. Rhoda

  11. I Love Lucy

  12. Happy Days

Hmmm... eclectic and curious, WW. I have to take exceptions with #s 4 and 12 for personal reasons but will agree that #s 3, 5, 7, and 11 are classic greats. No. 2, 8, and 10 hadseasons of near-greatness but #9 inflicted Tina Yothers on the world and must pay the price. Are your favorite dramas on a different list?

L.R. took issue with my dismissal of the final Seinfeld episode: "We expected Larry Sanders to be a good show and it was; consistently. As you said in your recent column, 'The Larry Sanders Show went out with class because it didn't veer from its wicked concept one iota.' In other words, the finale, in being just as good as previous episodes, was also just like the shows that preceded it.

"The exceptional thing about the Seinfeld finale was that they had the balls to indict their own characters in a stunning reversal of prior nothingness. The final episode unambiguously exposed the stars for the reprehensible characters they were. What refreshing candor. Bravo, Jerry Seinfeld."

Okay, L.R., I'll buy your assertion about TLSS delivering a quality act right down to the end. And I think your assessment of the Seinfeld finale makes a good point. So there. : )

Ms. Moser,

...Seinfeld [was] way too much hype and way too little content. I may have laughed once in the entire 75 minutes. I was very disappointed. My favorite season finale [was] Law and Order. This show never pulls its punches, mixing its many plot elements into a fast-paced and workmanlike whole with many plot twists, intelligence, and a refusal to sugar-coat anything. Do you have any opinions about L&O?

Landon T.

Dear Landon,

I got hooked on L&O because of an eloquent recommendation by "TV Eye" reader Wendy Wheeler. A show I had previously watched only casually, I became a full-blown addict when A&E started rerunning it, getting completely sucked into it. I think it's one of the grittiest dramas on television. Unfortunately, a VCR mishap prevented me from seeing the finale so I will have to wait for the rerun.

Dear Margaret,

I've been meaning to write you about some of my favorite TV shows... so here they are:

La Femme Nikita (Sundays, 9pm, USA). Uneven plot line but always interesting to see how they pit the impersonal mindset of the "Section" against Nikita's (who else) humanity.

Remember WENN (Wednesdays, 9pm, AMC). Retro radio show with cartoony characters set in the 1940s. Sophisticated and funny.

The Reel Deal (Wednesdays, 10 pm, Ch 16). Although this show can sometimes seem very access-like (à la Wayne's World), and the young-man sense of humor is lost on me at times, it's one of the better shows on cable access. Host Korey Coleman is definitely charismatic.

The Legendary Journeys of Hercules (Saturdays, noon, KNVA). This show is at its best when it makes fun of itself, which it has been doing a lot lately.

How do you manage to watch TV, be such a visible presence in Austin, and do your job?

Jane C.

Lordy, Jane -- isn't it obvious? I have no life! The day I got my divorce papers I drove along the upper deck of I-35 with the windows rolled down and sang that theme from Ally McBeal.

M. -- So you're at work and I'm at home. I'm gonna go watch some Phil Silvers.



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