A se­ries that ‘Beat’ Ge­orge Clooney

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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.

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