Channel surfing with your local television editor . . .

- David Letterman fans won't have to wait until after 11 tonight to see him. He'll be on hand to salute Johnny Carson at the Kennedy Center Honors (8 p.m., Ch. 5) - including a Top Ten list.One of the items is that Carson "didn't have to resort to cheap tricks like Top Ten lists to get laughs."

- Now that Fox has the NFC football contract, maybe the fourth network will start lobbying for some franchise changes. Six of Fox's eight owned-and-operated stations are in NFC cities.

So maybe the seventh, Houston, can get the Oilers switched from the AFC to the NFC.

And rumor is that the folks at Utah's own KSTU-Ch. 13 are already plotting to get Salt Lake City an NFL team. They're thinking of raiding New Orleans once again (remember the Jazz) and turning the Saints into the Latter-day Saints.

After all, our TV market is bigger than New Orleans'.

- If, like me, you never thought Henry Winkler was much of an actor, you won't be at all surprised with his new sitcom "Monty."

He plays a Rush Limbaugh-esque TV host with a liberal family.

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The show is loud, offensive, dumb and - worst of all - just not funny.

It should come as no surprise that it will debut on Fox Jan. 11.

- Your local television editor has tried really hard to care about reports that Shannen Doherty is being dumped from "Beverly Hills, 90210" at the end of this season because, allegedly, her antics have even grown too annoying to producer Aaron Spelling.

But, the fact is, I really don't care.

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