*This episode's game is courtesy of the Richmond, Virginia, edition of TV Guide, cover-dated January 10-16, 1987. We look at 8:00-11:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 14.
*My Dissident Mom was slated to be a CBS Schoolbreak Special but was shifted to this prime-time slot because...well, it's not clear. This review from The New York Times provides some background.
From the review:
This kind of hourlong drama is so tightly packed that oversimplification is unavoidable. But Mr. Sheen and Ms. Potts manage to get remarkable character-development mileage out of their relatively brief snippets of dialogue. Both Joe and Kathy become genuinely touching figures, and their dilemma is wisely left unresolved.
John J. O'Connor's piece spends a significant amount of ink speculating on right-wing groups seizing on this program as evidence of liberal bias!
*Ernie Sabella played landlord Donald Twinkacetti (hence the 'Twinkie" nickname) on Perfect Strangers.
*The late Joe Alaskey voiced many classic Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs and Daffy in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
*This Magnum P.I. episode, Murder by Night, aired in black and white but is shown in color in reruns.
*Spoiler alert: North Carolina beat Virginia 95-80 in this night's game and would finish undefeated in the ACC before eventually losing to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament.
The Heels were indeed led by J.R. Reid, along with Jeff Lebo, Dave Popson, Joe Wolf, and the great Kenny Smith! UVA's top scorer that season was forward Andrew Kennedy.
*The Mother Teresa doc on PBS is a rebroadcast from 1985.
*Fast Break with Gabe Kaplan is a 1979 basketball comedy.