. . . Minutes after a salute to Muppets creator Jim Henson on its "TV Academy Hall of Fame" show Monday during the 8-8:30 p.m. kiddie period, KTTV ran a lurid promo for an upcoming documentary about a mass murderer, complete with shots of caskets and a description of gruesome killing methods.
. . . KABC TalkRadio's Michael Jackson managed to keep a straight voice during a segment in which guesting "trans-channels" became on-the-air mediums for teachers from "the spirit world." Ever cooperative, they suspended their "trances" for commercial interruptions.
. . . Did you catch the "Disney Sunday Movie's" rip-off of a key "Breaking Away" scene in the first part of Disney's "Student Exchange"? It had an American student, masquerading as an Italian lothario, serenading a co-ed below her window. Or maybe this represented an "homage"?
. . . How about that camera work on Ann Wilson in Heart's new video for "There's the Girl"? She's the, um, bigger of the two Wilson sisters (Nancy's the svelte one), who's this time seen only in scenes that look, says an Outtakes spy, "like one of those Cinemascope pictures squeezed onto a TV frame where the people are incredibly thin." Those scenes, incidentally, aren't in proportion to the rest of the video.