(Not So) Brave New World
Now that America Online has hired former NBC wunderkind Brandon Tartikoff to create new programming, how long can it be before other network heavy hitters — like, say, onetime ABC honcho Fred Silverman and schlockmeister producer Aaron Spelling — launch their own Internet careers? Here’s a peek at one night’s prime-time lineup should those three ever meet up in cyberspace.
— Bob Strauss
[8PM] FAMILY LIES
The Family Ties cast reunites in cyberspace, with Michael J. Fox as an AOL fanatic who pretends to be a 13-year-old Des Moines hooker.
[8:30PM] THE GOLDEN GRRRLS
Three elderly Web-page designers field E-mail queries about domain-name registration, bandwidth traffic, and coping with pesky in-laws.
[9PM] WASHINGTON VICE
The online adventures of a dedicated group of sharply attired attorneys charged with enforcing the Communications Decency Act.
[8PM] CHARLIE’S AVATARS
Teleconferencing program for the deeply unattractive enables participants to assume the virtual IDs of Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd.
[8:30PM] EIGHT MEGABYTES IS ENOUGH
Live chats and endless photo downloads of sitcom stars Dick Van Patten, Joyce DeWitt, and Pam Dawber.
[9PM] JIGGLE THEATER
Heaving, silicone-enhanced breasts come alive on the Web thanks to Shockwave plug-in software. Hosted by Suzanne Somers.
[8PM] DEEP SPACE, 90210
West Beverly High’s senior class is taken hostage by Cardassians; daily interactive polls determine time and method of execution.
[8:30PM] TICKLE ME TORI
The heiress to the Spelling fortune (and current UN ambassador) answers E-mail queries about hair care and international politics.
[9PM] THE MODELS OF SAVANNAH PLACE
Cyber-contestants splice together random video clips and attempt to sell the finished results to UPN.