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NOW, THE WINNERS A TV CRITIC'S PICKS FOR WHAT HE'D WATCH EVEN IF HE WEREN'T BEING PAID FOR IT

IN THE Hollywood tradition, it is time for a Christmas sequel.
As much as it is a sequel, what follows is an antidote to a Dec. 4 column that listed many things I'm tired of seeing and hearing.

Here are many of the things that I'll never tire of seeing or hearing and probably would watch or listen to even if it weren't my job.

"Cheers." It's no wonder the afternoon reruns on Channel 7 get higher ratings than the network prime-time average. Even after the third or fourth time you've watched an episode, the lines are still funny. Especially the episodes that include Coach. "Cheers" is the most repeatable sitcom since "M*A*S*H."

Johnny Carson. He wears well. Better, in fact, than his lines of clothes.

John Zach. The WGR-AM newsman has one of the best voices in the industry.

Don Paul. It's hard to believe that Channel 4 let this guy go.

Kevin O'Connell. See above.

Sandy Beach. Even if you feel he goes too far, you have to admire his energy after all these years and his ability to say interesting things.

Danny Neaverth. I began appreciating him again after he reduced his Channel 2 appearances. Check that. After Channel 2 reduced his appearances.

Irv Weinstein. Give him that new contract, already, Channel 7. Without him you have no identity.

John Murphy's voice. No wonder it can be heard on WBEN-AM, Channel 7 and Channel 4. Yes, even though he is working at Channel 7, Channel 4 still hasn't replaced his newscast introduction.

The theme from "thirtysomething." You may tire of the show, but never the instrumental opening.

Ted Koppel. He can even make sex in the Soviet Union seem interesting.

Charles Kuralt. Perfect style for a Sunday morning.

Jay Leno. The best Carson guest host ever.

"This Week With David Brinkley." In a way, this discussion of news events is better than "Nightline," if only because viewers are sharper in the morning than they are at 11:30 p.m.

The Budweiser holiday commercials that feature the Clydesdale horses. They are as much a holiday staple as "It's a Wonderful Life."

"L.A. Law." Even though it has become too soap operaish this year, it is one of the few shows on TV that makes you question how you'd act in certain cases.

Kathy Polanko's Channel 4 consumer reports. She is the area's most underrated TV reporter.

Carol Jasen.

Rick Jeanneret's call of Sabres goals, which has become a rarity this season.

John Goodman. He has always been the best thing about "Roseanne" and just about every movie that he is in.

James Garner. Maybe I appreciate him so much because he is hardly ever on anymore. His December Hallmark movie, "Decoration Day," was moving.

"Columbo."

Mark Russell's PBS specials.

Doug Collins. The pro basketball commentator for TNT makes observations that only a former coach can see, and he communicates them well.

Fred Hickman, the CNN sportscaster.

Al Michaels.

The opening credits of "The Wonder Years," sung by Joe Cocker.

The "Entertainment Tonight" theme. It's the second-best thing about the show -- behind Mary Hart's legs.

"Jeopardy!"

Dick Enberg. Oh, my, is he a terrific sportscaster.

Chris Berman. And not just because he's a big Bills booster.

Steve Tasker's media appearances. Whether he is on "AM/Buffalo," Channel 17's "Understanding Pro Football" or just being interviewed on a local radio or television station, this Bill is a communications natural.

Van Miller. On television, that is. He still has the best feel for sports among area sportscasters. Unfortunately, his WGR Radio play-by-play on Bills games proves he no longer has the best eyes.

Motown. Too bad they don't do a TV special about Motown every year instead of every 10 years.

"Murphy Brown." It gets better and better, and not only because each episode has a Motown song.

Jacquie Walker.

"The Muppet Show."

"Reading Rainbow."

Home Box Office's "Inside the NFL": They say this is the players' favorite football show, and you can understand why.

The theme and opening from "Twin Peaks." Even though I usually tape this show, I don't fast-forward through the opening credits.

Paul Harvey. After all the money WGR has spent on its news, sports and talk format, Harvey's commentaries remain the best thing on the station. Good day.
"Inside the NFL" is the players' favorite football show.

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