The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 31, 1985 · Page 18
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 18

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Tuesday, December 31, 1985
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I Entertainment The Salina Journal Tuesday, December 31,1985 Page 18 1985: Year of the takeover in television NEW YORK (AP) — It was the year of the takeover in television. ABC and NBC were acquired in friendly corporate deals. CBS fought off a hostile bid, but, at year's end, was being overtaken in prime tune by NBC. In March, the American Broadcasting Cos. agreed to be acquired by Capital Cities Communications Inc. for $3.5 billion. Early in December, the General Electric Co. announced it would pay $6.28 billion to buy RCA, NBC's parent company. NBC, rising in profits and prestige with its top-rated prime-tune schedule, is expected to maintain its tradition of independent operation. ABC, a poor third in prime time, faces greater pressures from Cap Cities, already a knowledgeable broadcasting company with a reputation for tight-fisted financial management. For CBS, 1985 was a year under . siege and under fire. CBS Inc. fought off a hostile takeover bid by cable TV magnate Ted Turner, but it was forced to spend $1 billion to buy back about 20 percent of its stock, forcing -the network to cut jobs and sell off some assets. A less serious takeover attempt was initiated by Fairness in Media, a conservative group allied with Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C. The group called on conservatives to buy CBS stock so they could "become Dan Rather'sboss." CBS also was attacked in the legal arena with Gen. William C. Westmoreland's $120 million libel suit for a CBS News documentary, "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception." In the midst of a lengthy trial, Westmoreland dropped the suit. Within, CBS faced turmoil. CBS News staffers inquired whether they could buy the news division, an idea that was immediately rejected but which conveyed a message of unhappiness with management. Weeks later, CBS News President Edward M. Joyce was out and his predecessor, Van Gordon Sauter, was back in. However, Rather's "CBS Evening News" remained the dominant broadcast and "60 Minutes" remained among the five most popular shows on television. Perhaps the most visible assault on CBS was in prime time, .where the network of "Dallas" and "60 Minutes" has won for six consecutive seasons. CBS beat NBC for the 30- week, 1984-85 prime-time season, but lost the summer to NBC and, one- third through the 1985-86 season, was No. 2. NBC, third-rated for a decade, reversed its fortunes with urban- appeal programs such as "Hill Street Blues" and "Cheers" and became No. 1 with advertisers last season. The network's biggest boost was "The Cosby Show," the runaway rating leader this year after trailing ABC's "Dynasty" and CBS' "Dallas" a year ago. With "Dynasty" its only consistent Top 10 show, ABC demoted its entertainment chief, Lewis H. Erlicht, replacing him with Brandon Stoddard, who was in charge of ABC's movies and miniseries. The major bright spot for ABC in 1985 was the strong ratings performance of the 12- hour "North and South." Prime-time serials lost some of their ratings glow. One week in November, "Dallas" and "Dynasty" each slipped out of the Top 10, the first time that's happened in the regular season in three years. "Dallas" killed off Bobby Ewing last spring and "Dynasty" had a terrorist attack as a cliffhanger. The 1985-86 prime-time season included four anthology series that featured different casts each week. CBS' "George Burns Comedy Week" has been canceled. The other three are in the middle of the ratings pack: CBS' "Twilight Zone" and NBC's "Amazing Stories" (produced by Steven Spielberg) and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents.'' The only major hit among the 20 new series this season was NBC's "Golden Girls," a comedy about four older women living together in Miami. Another successful show with an older lead, Angela Lansbury's "Murder, She Wrote" on CBS, was the No. 3 series for 1985-86. Another Miami show cracked the Top 10 this season. The neon-bright "Miami Vice" proved a ratings winner and a fashion-setter, even topping the music charts with an album soundtrack. "Miami Vice," favored to win a slew of Emmy awards, was beaten by CBS' "Cagney & Lacey." "Cosby," of course, took best comedy series. The networks won critical praise and audience favor with social- message films. NBC succeeded with the first AIDS movie, "An Early Frost," while ABC had movies about a homosexual son ("Consenting Adult") and teen-age suicide ("Surviving") in 1985. Network news received some flak from critics for what they considered excessive and sometimes hasty coverage of the TWA hijacking last summer, including live hookups with the hostage-takers. In the morning news competition, NBC's "Today" moved into a virtual tie with longtime leader, ABC's "Good Morning America." The "CBS Morning News" continued to thrash in a distant third. One co- anchor, Bill Kurtis, left in June; the other, Phyllis George, was dismissed in August after a series of embarrassing gaffes — the worst being when she asked Gary Dotson and Cathleen Crowell Webb, the rape convict and the repentant accuser, to hug each other. Ratings for ABC's "Monday Night Football" were up 20 percent this season — without Howard Cosell, who wrote a book attacking his old colleagues. His last "Sportsbeat" program in December may have been his last appearance on ABC. CLOSED NEW YEAR'S DAY Movies rented today are not due back 'til Thursday the 2nd and Wednesday is FREE! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Past year proved a creative dud in filmland HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Convulsive corporate change and a falling box-office brought an air of uncertainty to the film business in 1985, erasing the euphoria of last Turner year's record returns. Times are a- changing. Two of Hollywood's oldest and most distinguished companies, MGM and 20th Century Fox, were acquired by media giants making their first moves into movies. Thwarted in his bid to take over CBS, cable TV pioneer Ted Turner offered $1.5 billion for MGM/UA. At year's end he was still working on the details, which include spinning off United Artists to MGM/UA stock- holders and Kirk Kerkorian, who had owned about 51 percent of MGMAJA stock. In March, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch paid $250 million for a half- interest in 20th Century Fox, becoming partner with oil magnate Marvin Davis. Murdoch bought out Davis's interest for $325 million in September. Another colorful figure, Italian producer Dino Di Laurentiis, bought Embassy Pictures, mainly for its film library and distribution arm, from Coca Cola for an undisclosed amount. Earlier in the year, Coca Cola, which already owns Columbia Pictures and a share of Tri-Star Pictures, had bought Embassy for $485 million. Film companies, however, seemed to be selling better than their product. According to Jack Valenti, presi- SPEND NEW YEAR'S EVE AT STARKY'S CLUB o I • •Party Favors Free Transportation •Champagne Breakfast Make Your Reservations Now PH. 827-4825 Try Lunch At Starky's Mon. through Fri. 11:30AM-1:30PM Hot*Cold Sandwiches Mexican Food Hot Soup-Chili OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 2501 Market Place TI 9 m m a u TI O a s 37 People With Land You may save up to $10,000 or more Abilene $ 35,45O Free Framing For Qualified Buyers • NO DOWN PAYMENT •STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS •8.8% ANNUAL INTEREST RATE • NO LAND-NO PROBLEM Call tor details on our Free Home Building Seminars. Miles Homes ••» Tom Mullin Box 278 Abilene, Kansas 913-263-2121 'Basic Home Package Requesl Catalog lor definition ol rnalenals which are included T-SEND TODAY FOR FULL DETAILS- dent of the Motion Picture Association, the U.S. box office will be about 5 percent below 1984, $3.79 billion vs. last year's record $4.03 billion. Admissions are down 10 percent, from 1.199 billion to 1.072 billion, although the number of individuals who went to movies this year increased from 115 million to 119.2 million. There were 424 films released in the first 11 months of the year vs. 385 for the same period a Marquee Salina movies Jewel of the Nile — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG 101 Dalmatians — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated G Out of Africa — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated PG Rocky IV — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG Spies Like Us — Fox Theater, Rated PG Young Sherlock Holmes — Vogue Theater, Rated PG TV movies, specials 7 p.m. — The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, WGN, Salina Cable Channel 11 Jane Seymour, Laraine Stephens (1979). A pretty magazine reporter joins the glittering world of professional cheerleaders in order to gather scandalous information for an expose of the ail-American girls. 8 p.m. - Night Shilt, CBS, Salina Cable Channels 5 and 12 Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton (1982). Two nighttime morgue attendants become "love brokers" for a group of hookers who have lost their pimp. 8 p.m. — A Song is Born, Salina Cable Channel 7 Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo (1948). Some academics writing a history of music finds their work interrupted by a nightclub singer on the run from the authorities. year ago. "The box-office is down in 1985 for one simple reason: We didn't have enough attractive films in the marketplace," Valenti said. Creatively, the film year was a dud. The biggest moneymakers were "Back to the Future" and "Rambo: First Blood II," neither of which is Oscar material. By the end of the year, "Rocky IV" was setting records amid critical jeering. 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