In coming weeks, Fox will dribble out the rest of its Saturday and Sunday prime-time schedule on independent stations reportedly reaching 85% of the nation. Whether the fourth network scheme will work remains to be seen, but there's no doubt Fox is already having an impact within the industry. It's even said that one reason ABC Sports decided to renew its unprofitable "Monday Night Football" ties with the National Football League was because of Fox's interest in the package.
The vast majority of syndicated comedies are as appallingly pale and unappealing as those on the major networks. In the pay-cable arena, though, "It's Garry Shandling's Show" on Showtime is at once TV's funniest and most daring comedy. Showtime also has the pioneering "Brothers," TV's first sitcom with a continuing, identifiably gay character given intelligence and dimension, and on April 20 it will welcome the inventive "Hard Knocks." On HBO, meanwhile, the long-running "Not Necessarily the News" continues to air a brand of biting satire that makes "Saturday Night Live" look like all gums.
When Al and [Peg Bundy] aren't insulting each other, they're insulting or manipulating [Steve] and Marcy. Unfortunately, Steve and Marcy don't do a lot for the series, an Embassy Communications production whose executive producers are Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye.