Kids Pick Winners
By James P. Forkan
16, and Johnny, 8, the sons of ADVERTISING
editor James P. Forkan, having shown a talent for picking prime
time tv hits last season, try their hand at the new season:
what they've seen during "premiere week" and some
sneak previews before that, Jimmy and Johnny are most excited
about "Perfect Strangers," renewed by ABC after a
short tryout last season, and NBC's "ALF."
other newcomers generated lukewarm responses, leaving my dynamic
duo to focus mostly on returnees.
Jimmy labeled "ALF" as "great, a good
comedy" that he plans to watch regularly. Johnny
agreed: "Yeah, I like that a lot. It was really
good." Both liked the alien character most -- his
looks and his lines.
Jimmy calls "Strangers" "one of the funniest
comedies in a while, with a great story line."
Johnny, too, sees that as one of his weekly favorites.
less enthused about ABC's "Head of the Class," whose
promos Jimmy found funnier than the show.
"Life with Lucy" was the other sitcom Jimmy had most
wanted to sample. Both found it simply "okay"
after two showings.
said "Lucy" "fell short" because of
"the fake acting by the family. It wasn't a
for the "Ellen Burstyn Show," they had no interest in
even sampling that, so NBC's "227" will be their pick
They liked NBC's "Our House's" story and the main
character, and Johnny says he may watch that sometimes,
depending on "Disney Sunday Movie's" titles.
also praised NBC's "Matlock" and felt "Crime
Story" was "okay" -- but once the latter goes to
Tuesday, he'll stick with "Moonlighting."
So far, they've
greeted the other newcomers with yawns.