A series that ‘Beat’ George Clooney
Q: I saw an article about George Clooney recently, and it referenced a show he was in called “Sunset Beat.” I don’t even remember that. What was it? – Sue Garrett, Palm Coast, Fla.
A: It’s little surprise that you can’t recall it, since
ABC canceled it after only two episodes in
1990. The show was about Los Angeles cops who went undercover as motorcycle-gang members, so it was sort of “Sons of Anarchy” without the anarchy. Clooney had long hair then, much of which would be shorn for several other ‘90s series he did ... “Bodies of Evidence,” “Sisters” and (of course) “ER.” “Sunset Beat” – which also featured James Tolkan (“Top Gun”) as the officers’ tough-talking boss – did rise again, albeit briefly. Six episodes were made before the show got pink-slipped, and ABC played off the remaining four in 1992.
Q: Why won’t the Emmy Awards have a host this year? – Rich Donaldson, via e-mail
A: To a degree, it probably plays off the success the Oscars had in going host-less earlier this year, which was more or less a benediction for the Emmys to go the same way if so desired. Another factor is that Fox – which will air the ceremony Sept. 22 – doesn’t have as clear a go-to for hosting as most other broadcast networks, which have comedically inclined talk-show hosts they can call upon. That’s not to say a Fox star such as Tim Allen or Taraji P. Henson couldn’t do it, but they’re filming their series for the new season and likely don’t have the time for prep work that being an award-show host often requires.