April 3, 2017

What's on TV? Tuesday, April 7, 1998

I suppose one of the things about a large television market like Los Angeles is that with the number of stations available, you get to see the best that TV has to offer, and the worst. And looking at today's daytime schedule, one can certainly see the worst. That's not to say that daytime television was exactly Golden-Age-worthy back in the days we usually look at, but between game shows, soap operas, the odd talk show or music program, kids' shows, and movies, there was at least some variety to it, and if the programs weren't Shakespearean, at least they were mostly harmless. The only thing Shakespearean about today's daytime shows, however, is the tragic nature of their garbage.

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that every borderline celebrity, "journalist," or personality standing on the corner looking as if they had nothing to do at the moment, should have their own talk show. And by "talk," they often didn't mean having guests promoting their latest book, movie, single, or television appearance, but their latest perversion, addiction, or scandal. How else could one explain Ricki Lake, Jenny Jones, Gayle King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Leeza Gibbons, Geraldo Rivera, Steve Harvey, Rosie O'Donnell, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, and Montel Williams? And that doesn't even include Oprah!

Elsewhere, you'll recall that on Saturday I mentioned how USA didn't strip-mine - er, I mean strip program one series for hours at a time, they way they do now. That's true, but like many other cable stations of the time they did repeat their programming in blocks of four or six hours three or four times a day. I included AMC, back when they were American Movie Classics and showed nothing but movies. And you'll notice that, based on his appearances on multiple talk shows, Matt LeBlanc must be the busiest man in Hollywood.

Well, I guess there's no putting it off - let's take a look!


KCBS, Channel 2 (CBS)
Morning
05:00a
CBS News (Cynthia Bowers)
05:30a
News (local)
06:00a
News (local)
07:00a
CBS News This Morning (guest Bob Barker)
09:00a
Guiding Light
10:00a
The Price is Right
10:30a
Access Hollywood
11:00a
The Young and the Restless
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
The Bold and the Beautiful
01:00p
As the World Turns
02:00p
Martha Stewart Living
02:30p
Gayle King
03:00p
Geraldo Rivera
04:00p
Inside Edition
04:30p
American Journal
05:00p
News (local)
05:30p
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
07:00p
Entertainment Tonight
07:30p
Hard Copy
08:00p
JAG
09:00p
Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
10:00p
Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
11:00p
News (local)
11:35p
The Late Show with David Letterman (guests Quentin Tarantino, Steven Weber)
Early Wednesday
12:35a
The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (guest Isabel Allende)
01:35a
News (local)
02:05a
Martha Stewart Living
02:35a
Gayle King
03:05a
Entertainment Tonight
03:35a
Up to the Minute


KNBC, Channel 4 (NBC)
Morning
05:00a
NBC News (Linda Vester)
05:30a
News (local)
07:00a
Today (guest Liz Tiberis)
09:00a
Leeza
10:00a
Extra!
11:00a
News (local)
11:30a
News (local)
Afternoon
12:00p
Another World
01:00p
Days of Our Lives
02:00p
Sunset Beach
03:00p
Rosie O’ Donnell (guest Matt LeBlanc)
04:00p
News (local)
05:00p
News (local)
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw
07:00p
Extra!
07:30p
Access Hollywood
08:00p
Mad About You
08:30p
For Your Love
09:00p
Frasier
09:30p
Lateline
10:00p
Dateline NBC
11:00p
News (local)
11:35p
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (guests Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Courtney Thorne-Smith)
Early Wednesday
12:35a
Late Night with Conan O’Brien (guest Matt LeBlanc)
01:35a
Later
02:05a
News (local)
02:35a
NBC Nightside
04:30a
This Morning’s Business


KTLA, Channel 5 (WB)
Morning
05:00a
Headline News
05:30a
News (local)
06:00a
News (local)
07:00a
Morning News
09:00a
Sally Jessy Raphael
10:00a
Little House on the Prairie
11:00a
Live Show
Afternoon
12:00p
Hunter
01:00p
Blossom
01:30p
Charles in Charge
02:00p
Bugs ‘n’ Daffy
02:30p
The New Captain Planet
03:00p
Bugs ‘n’ Daffy
03:30p
Anamaniacs
04:00p
Pinky and the Brain
04:30p
New Batman/Superman Adventures
05:00p
Beverly Hills, 90210
Evening
06:00p
Family Matters
06:30p
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
07:00p
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
07:30p
Seinfeld
08:00p
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
09:00p
Dawson’s Creek
10:00p
News (local)
11:00p
Cheers
11:30p
Murphy Brown
Early Wednesday
12:00a
Sally Jessy Raphael
01:00a
News (local)
02:00a
Infomercials
03:00a
Movie – “The Jerk”

  
KABC, Channel 7 (ABC)
Morning
05:00a
ABC News (Mark Mullen)
05:30a
News (local)
06:00a
News (local)
06:30a
News (local)
07:00a
Good Morning America (guest Meg Ryan)
09:00a
Regis & Kathie Lee (guest Matt LeBlanc)
10:00a
The View
11:00a
Port Charles
11:30a
News (local)
Afternoon
12:00p
All My Children
01:00p
One Life to Live
02:00p
General Hospital
03:00p
Oprah Winfrey
04:00p
News (local)
05:00p
News (local)
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
07:00p
Jeopardy!
07:30p
Wheel of Fortune
08:00p
Home Improvement
08:30p
Something So Right
09:00p
Home Improvement
09:30p
That’s Life
10:00p
NYPD Blue
11:00p
News (local)
11:35p
Nightline
Early Wednesday
12:05a
Politically Incorrect (guest Jean Smart, Rick Ducommun, Harlan Ellison, Mark Goodin)
12:35a
News (local)
01:10a
Movie – “Brother from Space”
03:10a
World News Now

  
KCAL, Channel 9 (Ind.)
Morning
05:30a
Creflo A. Dollar
06:00a
Infomercial
06:30a
Mr. Men
07:00a
Mummies Alive
07:30a
The Mask
08:00a
Wacky World of Tex Avery
08:30a
X-Men
09:00a
The Newlywed Game
09:30a
The Dating Game
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Maury Povich
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
01:00p
The People’s Court
02:00p
News (local)
03:00p
Judge Judy
03:30p
News (local)
04:00p
DuckTales
04:30p
Mighty Ducks
05:00p
101 Dalmatians
05:30p
Pictionary
Evening
06:00p
Judge Judy
06:30p
Real TV
07:00p
America’s Funniest Home Videos
07:30p
LAPD: Life on the Beat
08:00p
News 
09:00p
News 
10:00p
News (local)
11:00p
Jerry Springer
Early Wednesday
12:00a
Maury Povich
01:00a
The People’s Court
02:00a
Infomercials

  
KTTV, Channel 11 (Fox)
Morning
05:00a
I Love Lucy (B&W)
05:30a
I Love Lucy (B&W)
06:00a
News (local)
07:00a
Good Day L.A.
09:00a
Grace Under Fire
09:30a
Grace Under Fire
10:00a
Andy Griffith (B&W)
10:30a
Andy Griffith (B&W)
11:00a
I Love Lucy (B&W)
11:30a
I Love Lucy (B&W)
Afternoon
12:00p
The Beverly Hillbillies
12:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies
01:00p
Happy Days
01:30p
Happy Days
02:00p
Bobby’s World
02:30p
Life with Louie
03:00p
BeetleBorgs Metallix
03:30p
Spider-Man
04:00p
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
04:30p
Power Rangers Turbo
05:00p
Boy Meets World
05:30p
Living Single
Evening
06:00p
Home Improvement
06:30p
The Simpsons
07:00p
Home Improvement
07:30p
The Simpsons
08:00p
Fox Tuesday Night Movie – “Money Train”
10:00p
News (local)
11:00p
Married with Children
11:30p
Cops
Early Wednesday
12:00a
M*A*S*H
12:30a
Stories of the Highway Patrol
01:00a
Keenan Ivory Wayans (guests Loretta Devine, LOX)
02:00a
Infomercials
03:00a
Perry Mason
04:00a
The Beverly Hillbillies
04:30a
Andy Griffith


KCOP, Channel 13 (UPN)
Morning
05:00a
The Untouchables
06:00a
The 700 Club
07:00a
The Fantastic Four
07:30a
Extreme Dinosaurs
08:00a
Extreme Ghostbusters
08:30a
Bananas in Pajamas & the Crayon Box
09:00a
Infomercial
09:30a
A Different World
10:00a
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
11:00a
Jenny Jones
Afternoon
12:00p
Montel Williams
01:00p
Ricki Lake
02:00p
Jenny Jones
03:00p
Roseanne
03:30p
The Cosby Show
04:00p
Montel Williams
05:00p
Ricki Lake
Evening
06:00p
Martin
06:30p
Mad About You
07:00p
Frasier
07:30p
News (local)
08:00p
Moesha
08:30p
Clueless
09:00p
Malcolm & Eddie
09:30p
In the House
10:00p
News (local)
11:00p
Mad About You
11:30p
Vibe
Early Wednesday
12:30a
Star Trek
01:30a
Infomercials
02:30a
Strange Universe
03:00a
Movie – “Crosscurrent”


KCET, Channel 28 (PBS)
Morning
05:00a
Bloomberg Morning News
05:30a
Marine Environment
06:00a
Sesame Street
07:00a
Barney & Friends
07:30a
Storytime
08:00a
Charlie Horse Music Pizza
08:30a
Arthur
09:00a
Barney & Friends
09:30a
Puzzle Place
10:00a
Sesame Street
11:00a
Storytime
11:30a
Teletubbies
Afternoon
12:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
12:30p
Puzzle Place
01:00p
Reading Rainbow
01:30p
Magic School Bus
02:00p
Portrait of a Family
02:30p
Literary Visions
03:00p
Wishbone
03:30p
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
04:00p
Kratts’ Creatures
04:30p
Bill Nye the Science Guy
05:00p
Jacques Pepin’s Cooking Techniques
05:30p
Home Cooking with Amy Coleman
Evening
06:00p
Nightly Business Report
06:30p
Newshour with Jim Lehrer
07:30p
Life & Times Tonight
08:00p
Nova
09:00p
Frontline
10:00p
Frontline
11:00p
Charlie Rose
Early Wednesday
12:00a
Life & Times Tonight
12:30a
Something Ventured
02:00a
Classic Arts Showcase


AMC (all movies except where italicized)
Morning
05:00a
Sword in the Desert (B&W)
07:00a
Tin Pan Alley (B&W)
08:35a
The Purple Mask
10:00a
O.S.S.
Afternoon
12:00p
Backlash
01:30p
The Spiral Staircase (B&W)
03:00p
Hollywood Backstage
03:30p
Salome
05:30p
Comanche Territory
Evening
07:00p
Rogers and Hammerstein
08:30p
South Pacific
11:15p
The Mad Magician (B&W)
Early Wednesday
12:30a
The Stooge (B&W)
02:15a
Go, Johnny, Go! (B&W)
03:30a
Honeymoon (B&W)


TNT
Morning
05:00a
CHiPs
06:00a
CHiPs
07:00a
Lonesome Dove: The Series
08:00a
Spencer: For Hire
09:00a
Movie – “The Rose and the Jackal”
11:00a
Movie – “Escape from Fort Bravo”
Afternoon
01:00p
In the Heat of the Night
02:00p
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
03:00p
Lois & Clark
04:00p
Babylon 5
05:00p
NBA Basketball – New York at Atlanta
Evening
08:00p
Movie – “Time Runner”
10:00p
Movie – “Zone Troopers”
Early Wednesday
12:00a
Movie – “Dark Universe”
02:00a
Gilligan’s Island (colorized)
02:30a
Gilligan’s Island (colorized)
03:00a
Bugs Bunny
04:00a
The Flintstones

  
USA
Morning
05:00a
Bloomberg Information TV
07:00a
Gargoyles
07:30a
Gargoyles
08:00a
The Facts of Life
08:30a
The Facts of Life
09:00a
Gimmie a Break!
09:30a
Perfect Strangers
10:00a
Wings
10:30a
Wings
11:00a
Major Dad
11:30a
Major Dad
Afternoon
12:00p
Baywatch
01:00p
Movie – “How I Got into College”
03:00p
Movie – “Uncle Buck”
05:00p
USA High
05:30p
USA High
Evening
06:00p
Baywatch
07:00p
Highlander
08:00p
Walker, Texas Ranger
09:00p
Tuesday Night Fights ­– Witherspoon vs. Thunder (tape delay)
11:00p
Silk Stalkings
Early Wednesday
12:00a
Highlander
01:00a
Magnum, P.I.
02:00a
Boxing (repeat)
04:00a
Acapulco H.E.A.T.


5 comments:

  1. As luck would have it, I've got this issue (Chicago edition, natch).

    - CBS tried for years to get another newsmagazine going to accompany 60 Minutes. Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel was this year's attempt.
    The second of the two shows tonight:
    Scheduled: A Bernard Goldberg report on the nastiness and incivility that seems to have permeated much of society today.
    "Seems"?
    This is a few years before Goldberg took up nastiness and incivility himself, winding up at Fox News.

    - Sort-of-on-topic:
    Lateline, Al Franken's short-lived spoof of the TV-newsmagazine biz, has a wonderful episode.
    Franken's character has a show he wants to do about labor, and he talks his exec producer Miguel Ferrer into an all-out, with guests Robert Reich and Dick Gebhardt.
    But as air time approaches, there's a breaking bulletin: Buddy Hackett has suddenly died, and Ferrer scraps the show for an instant obit.
    Reich and Gebhardt stay aboard to reminisce (Reich's classic line: "My parents took me to see Buddy in the Catskills - I was little then.")
    At the end, of course, Buddy Hackett isn't really dead, which embarrasses Lateline just a bit ...
    Seriously (?), you haven't lived until you see Reich and Gebhardt singing along with a clip of Hackett singing "Shipoopi" from Music Man.

    - Not really a whole hell of a lot here, is there?
    Oh well ...

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    1. You're right, there isn't, though I saw that "Lateline" description as well, and it does sound very funny. Of course, with Buddy Hackett, you've got a pretty good shot. Is that on YouTube?

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    2. Don't know about YouTube, but the whole Lateline series is on DVD.
      I think it might be out of print, but such things can be found with a little effort.
      Al Franken had a lot of luck getting guest stars, including Jimmy Breslin, G. Gordon Liddy, Jerry Falwell, Sen. Paul Simon, Sen. Alan Simpson, Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Alan Dershowitz, Michael Dukakis, Bob Elliott, and of course Rosemary Clooney ...

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  2. Given the legendary traffic jams that sometimes occur on Los Angeles freeways, KCOP's 7:30 P.M. local news (which the station no longer does) and the first portion (8-9 P.M.) of KCAL's three-hour prime-time news block likely drew some segment of thew viewing audience who didn't get home in-time for the early-evening local and network newscasts.

    BTW, KCAL still devotes its entire weeknight prime-time schedule to three hours of local news.

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  3. I found about a 9 minute clip of that episode of Lateline here on Youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EschglVCqPs

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