- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 4, 2004

New to view on DVD

This week, a wealth of intriguing television fare makes the leap to the DVD format.

First up is “The Jetsons: The Complete First Season,” featuring George, Jane and the rest of the animated space-age clan. The package, which retails for $62.92, contains all 24 episodes.

The 1962 series lasted just one year but thrived in syndication and spawned countless tie-ins as well as a second animated series in the late 1980s.

Fast-forwarding to present-day TV, Fox is releasing the first season of the still-running “Bernie Mac Show” on DVD. The package, priced at $49.98, includes 22 episodes featuring the edgy comic’s unique views on parenting.



Finally, the WB’s “Gilmore Girls” also releases its first batch of episodes this week.

“Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season” follows the mother-daughter dynamic between stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.

The show’s witty writing and heartfelt storylines made it a sleeper hit for the network. It’s also the first series to make it on the air with support from the Family Friendly Forum’s Script Development Fund, which pairs advertisers with networks to offer quality family programming.

Tafoya’s new sideline

ESPN’s Michele Tafoya will patrol the sidelines for ABC’s “Monday Night Football” this fall, the Associated Press reports.

She replaces sideline reporter Lisa Guerrero, who lasted just one season.

“Monday Night Football” producer Fred Gaudelli said he didn’t think Miss Guerrero was a good fit for the job.

“The sideline reporter role is in an incredibly hectic environment; nothing is predictable,” Mr. Gaudelli told the AP. “It was our hope that we would work like gangbusters to expedite that curve as quickly as we could, but in the end, the talent and role weren’t as compatible.”

Ouch.

Miss Tafoya brings much more experience than Miss Guerrero, a former cheerleader and actress. She spent last football season as ESPN’s on-site reporter at “Monday Night Football” games and joined ABC Sports in 2002 as a courtside reporter on NBA telecasts.

This June, she’ll cover the NBAFinals for the second time for ABC. Miss Tafoya joined ESPN in 2000 and serves as an NBA sideline reporter for the network. Other ESPN roles include men’s and women’s NCAA basketball play-by-play and studio host, and college football and basketball sideline reporting.

Her first assignment in her new role is the Hall of Fame game Aug. 9 from Canton, Ohio, when the Denver Broncos play the Washington Redskins. She was the only person interviewed for the job.

Mrs. Huxtable rules

“The Cosby Show’s” Claire Huxtable is the kind of mom we all wish we could have.

So says a new survey released this week in time for Mother’s Day, the AP reports.

Mrs. Huxtable, who was portrayed by Phylicia Rashad, earned the best-TV-mom ranking in a poll conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation.

Claire Huxtable was the witty, tough mother of five who also worked as a lawyer on the popular NBC sitcom. Miss Rashad played alongside Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable for eight years, until the show ended in 1992.

The 55-year-old actress, currently starring in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, also was named “TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit” in the survey.

Results were based on a poll of 720 adults who have a living mother or mother-in-law. The margin of error was plus or minus four points.

Mrs. Cunningham of “Happy Days,” played by Marion Ross, was second, followed by Marge Simpson of “The Simpsons,” who’s voiced by Julie Kavner.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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