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Media Life: 1960s classic TV, where are you?

KCRA Sacramento bringing back some of the top TV shows from the past
By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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AUBURN CA - Get ready for a time-tunnel experience that would put any cheesy Irwin Allen TV series to shame. Some of the classic, all-time series featuring a galaxy of mid-century modern stars will be back on the small screen starting Sept. 3, when Sacramento’s KCRA switches on Me-TV at its digital channel 3.2. That means a chance to turn on much-loved comedies like “M*A*S*H*,” “The Brady Bunch,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “I Love Lucy,” as well as legendary dramas such as “Perry Mason,” “The Big Valley,” and the original “Star Trek” and “Hawaii Five-O” series. Plans are for Me-TV Sacramento to replace MOREtv Sacramento – which means no more “Dr. Oz Show” and “Access Hollywood” – on the over-the-air channel 3.2. Some of the lesser-known but still-worth-a-watch programs that are also on the Me-TV roster include “The Rebel,” “Honey West,” “Wild Wild West,” “Naked City,” “Laurel & Hardy,” “Get Smart,” “Daniel Boone,” “Batman,” and “Car 54, Where Are You?” Sacramento Me-TV will also air on Wave Broadband, according to KCRA. The Me-TV local presence came about in July as a result of an affiliation agreement between Weigel Broadcasting Co. and KCRA owner Hearst Television that adds five Hearst markets to the Me-TV network. MOREtv has been on the air at the 3.2 station since 2010. Me-TV is part of a contract that runs through 2015 in Sacramento, as well as Boston, Baltimore, Oklahoma City and Greensboro. Me-TV’s lineup includes almost 100 series from Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBCUniversal and several independent series owners. Morning TV changes If you were up early last weekend and had your TV on, you might have caught the big change on KXTV News10. The Sacramento station premiered its ramped-up weekend morning news lineup. The weekend editions of “News10 Good Morning” premiered Aug. 18 and 19 in the 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m. blocks. News10 News Director Jerome Parra said that overnight and breaking news along with weather and traffic updates are still in the mix but the weekend morning news team is intent on providing a different feel than weekday reporting. Parra’s description of the show is “fun and energizing” – sort of like a cup of premium java you can relax into on a day when the commute doesn’t beckon. Morning viewers can recognize some familiar faces. Anchor Kate Larson has been a regular weekday reporter on “News10 Good Morning.” Larson is teamed with meteorologist Darla Givens, who’s been forecasting weather on News10 for a dozen years. Career change Media Life would be remiss without mentioning the recent loss in the newsie ranks of longtime Fox40 anchor and reporter Teri Cox to what reporters euphemistically call “The Dark Side.” Cox has spent 25 years with Fox40 and has departed to become director of communications and public affairs with the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association. The association represents 7,000 state-employed police, fire, investigative and public-safety professionals. As a bonus, Fox40 news director Brandon Mercer said that Cox’s daughter – “a fantastic singer” – can now try out for “American Idol,” which relatives of Fox employees are not eligible to take part in. Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com. Also hear Thomson most Fridays at 6 p.m. on Dave Rosenthal’s drive-time radio show on KAHI 950 AM. And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.