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TV Guide Votes on 1987-88 Television Season

June 20, 1988

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ The best fight of the television season pitted CBS News’ Dan Rather against Vice President George Bush, according to TV Guide’s latest list of triumphs and travesties of the 1987-88 TV season.

Besides the shouting match between Rather and Bush, other ″Best Bouts″ cited in next week’s issue of the magazine are Jimmy Swaggart vs. Assemblies of God; Geraldo Rivera vs. Charles Manson; Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant; and writers vs. producers.

″Best″ also didn’t necessarily mean the shows were renewed, the editors said.

ABC’s renewed ″thirtysomething″ boasted some of the best acting on TV and covered subjects ranging from the death of a parent to life after divorce, the magazine said.

″Either you complained about this show’s self-indulgent yuppies or you exclaimed, ’Hey, that’s us, 3/8‴ TV Guide said.

″The Slap Maxwell Story″ was chosen the ″Most Fascinating Mid-Life Crisis.″ Dabney Coleman’s multifaceted portrayal of sportswriter Slap rendered him both appalling and sympathetic,″ the editors said.

ABC canceled the show.

The editors gave PBS’ ″Masterpiece Theatre″ the ″Most Misnamed Series″ title. With the exception of ″Sorrell & Son″ and ″David Copperfield,″ it offered mostly mediocrity, TV Guide said.

The ″Best Public Service″ award did not go to PBS, the magazine said. Instead, the award went to Fox television’s ″America’s Most Wanted,″ because it helped police arrest 16 fugitives.

Among others:

″A Different World″ on NBC got the ″Weak Sister Award″ for reaping the ratings glory of its lead-in ″The Cosby Show.″

Picked as the ″Most Positive Trend″ was TV portrayal of the physically and mentally handicapped, the magazine said, citing ″L.A. Law″ on NBC with Larry Drake’s compassionate insight as retarded office boy Benny Stulwicz.

The ″Aloha, Already Memorial Lei″ went to Magnum, P.I. on CBS for hanging around a season too long.

The magazine awarded another round of drinks to NBC’s ″Cheers.″

And the ″Man for All Seasons″ award went to ABC Sports’ Al Michaels, who handled the World Series, the Super Bowl and Olympic hockey.

Among the ″Ins and Outs,″ the magazine said Sandy Duncan is in and Valerie Harper is out; ″Beauty and the Beast″ is in and David and Maddie are out; Dan Dierdorf is in and Jimmy the Greek is out; and Spuds MacKenzie is in and Bruce Willis’ Seagram’ ads are out.

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