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VIEWERS VIEWS Jan. 20

January 20, 1985

We stayed up to watch the New Year's Eve telecasts on TV and were amazed at the few presentations of anything good. Are we so old that we are the only ones left who acquaint "Auld Lang Syne" with the stroke of midnight? Guy Lombardo established a nostalgic pattern that everyone loved for years. This introduction to '85 was a fiasco on all the channels we get, although we cannot get cable. What has happened? Radio did a much better job. Next year we will go to bed at a reasonable hour.

Ruth P. Powers, Carpinteria Part of the Rose Bowl's charm is the half-time show put on by the bands from each university. NBC televised only snatches of the performances, showing instead numerous commercials and a rehash of the first half. The bands work hard to present half-time entertainment and should share the glory by having their performance shown in its entirety.

Marie Whittington, La Habra At a time when the tube is saturated with crime shows, along comes another with a gimmick--"Street Hawk." Put a voice in the supercycle and you have "Knight Rider" on two wheels. Enough already! How about a comedy for a change?

Gary Traxler, North Hollywood How dare they put TV's two best shows ("Scarecrow and Mrs. King," "Hardcastle & McCormick") on Monday at the same time. There are so few offerings now, please have pity on us and change one of these shows to a different time or day.

Mrs. G. Kildow, Los Angeles It would be unfortunate to put the stunt drivers out of work, but all those chase scenes on TV programs like "Hardcastle & McCormick" are boring, plus they are a bad influence on the young and impressionable. It really isn't cool to race around the streets like madmen, especially if it endangers motorists. All the film footage used for the chase scenes is wasted as far as I'm concerned. Why not use the footage for some good acting?

Virginia Tucker, Van Nuys Am I the only one out here who is turned off by the loud, abrasive and overbearing character Nell Carter plays on "Gimme a Break"? What an unattractive role model for black children!

Joyce Clarke, Los Angeles Congratulations to the writers of "The Edge of Night." The producers finished up the series with one wondering what would happen next, but they did it with great class. I was a big fan of the show and was upset about the cancellation, but after I saw the last episode, I didn't feel so bad. Thanks.

April Rocha, Santa Monica Did I watch the same "Solid Gold Christmas" show as those two complaining viewers (Viewers' Views, Dec. 30)? "Writhing nymphets," "bumping and grinding" and "un-Christmas scenes"? Good grief! I thought I saw talented dancers, lively choreography and imaginative staging. One of the "offending" scenes aired one hour after the show started. If the show was so distasteful, why didn't those viewers immediately change channels? Perhaps those "writhing nymphets and bumping and grinding" weren't that sacrilegious.

Albert C. Krause Jr., Oceanside Send your views on television programming, personalities and trends to Viewers' Views, c/o Television Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053. Letters must be signed with full name and address.

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