That down-and-gritty ratings battle, the fall sweeps, kicks off Oct. 29, and for talk shows, it means pulling out all the stops. Some of the topics to come — really:
* Sally Jessy Raphael
—”My daughter is selling her body to pay for college.”
—”My mother is jealous I lost weight.”
* The Joan Rivers Show
— Joan visits her past lives.
— Joan’s staff chooses a variety of dates for the hostess and the audience votes on one.
* Live with Regis & Kathie Lee
— The bubbly duo gives away nine minivans, $5,000, and a 14-day vacation.
* Jenny Jones
— ”My daughter slept with all of my husbands.”
— ”My husband wants me to sleep with his friends.”
— ”Men who marry teenagers.”
— ”The Woody Allen syndrome, men who have relationships with their step-daughters.”
— A week devoted to reunions: Vicki with Carol Burnett and Vicki with the cast of her syndicated show, Mama’s Family.
”I’d rather not disappoint anyone by saying what might be on and then not airing it,” says a spokesman. That’s right — Geraldo takes the high road.