December 30, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

Prime-time newsmagazines:
The trend has peaked; America Tonight, we hardly knew ye — hooray!

Orphan Show We Like
Party of Five (Fox)

Orphan Show We Wish Would Die
On Our Own (ABC)

Least Funny TV Concept
Dudley Moore in a sitcom

Comeback Of The Year
Tom Snyder: His CNBC show allows the big fella to Be Himself; cult audience grows to mass reappreciation; Letterman takes note and signs Snyder to a CBS show to follow Late Show in January. Fire up a colortini.

Most entertaining cable talk-show host on a channel you don’t get or never watch
E. Jean Carroll, Ask E. Jean (America’s Talking)

Reasons to Watch MTV
* Kurt Loder: still our cadaverous Walter Cronkite

* Lucas’ Lucas With the Lid Off video, directed by Michel Gondry: the only music vid to hold up to endless repeat viewings

* Ini Kamoze’s Here Comes the Hotstepper video from the Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter) soundtrack: good hip-hop reggae, illustrated by scenes from the new Robert Altman film, and why do we get the feeling it’s probably better than the whole movie?

Unintended Football Widow
When professional pigskin was on CBS, overlong games pushed back 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote, and who cared? But now that football has gone over to Fox, folks who watch or tape the mighty, mighty Simpsons at 8 p.m. on Sundays are being regularly thwarted. We want more Homer and fewer postgame shows!

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