You may have heard about the disgruntled Star Wars fans who've asserted that George Lucas did to their childhoods what the "Law & Order" writers do to the victims on "Special Victims Unit." (I'm paraphrasing.) Personally I think that's a little harsh -- even if the new movies stink, without them we'd never know what Yoda looked like kicking butt with his light saber, except in our own little fantasies. Not me, other people.
So I didn't truly know what they meant until I happened to see an ad last week for (brace yourself): "Battle of the Network Reality Stars." After I returned my jaw to its upright position, I could only think: Does Hal Linden know about this?
Because for people of a certain age, the whole idea is sacrilegious. Nothing could possibly reproduce the grandeur of the combat that took place among the "Big 3" networks in those heady pre-cable days. (Of course, any thinking "Battle" fan rooted for ABC, since it had "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley," and it didn't have "M*A*S*H" - boooooring! Especially when you're 8.)
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