Hey, what's the matter, Airwaves? You look kind of, well, cresfallen ...
I don't know from crestfallen, but you know that guy who plays Jonathan the Angel on "Highway to Heaven"? . . .
Your favorite program . . .
Used to be my favorite program. Went to the NBC party the other night and there was old Jonathan the Angel smoking a cigarette and sipping from a glass of white wine! . . .
Why, that's terrible! . . .
I'll say it is. I doubt very much real angels smoke cigarettes . . .
Maybe heaven has been divided into smoking and nonsmoking areas . . .
Get serious, will you? And I'll tell you something else. Went to the CBS party last week and that Ana-Alicia, you know, the one who plays that bimbo on "Falcon Crest"? . . .
Melissa . . .
That's the one. Well, Ana-Alicia kissed me! Smack! Right on the old lips. Gave me her autograph too. Called me Honey . . .
Why, that's wonderful, Airwaves. You're not crestfallen, you're Falcon Crestfallen . . .
I said get serious, will you. That Ana-Alicia isn't anything like that tramp they forced her to play on "Falcon Crest." She's a real nice girl. Looks sort of vulnerable. Kind of like she needs protection or something. I think Mom would really like her . . .
Well, your Mom sure likes "Highway to Heaven" . . .
I know. I don't know how I'm going to break the news to Mom about Jonathan the Angel . . .
Maybe you could get Ana-Alicia to call her and . . .
Hey! That's a great idea! Let's finish the column and I'll ring up Ana-Alicia and -- uh oh, just remembered something. I forgot to get her telephone number . . .
Oh, Airwaves. What are we going to do about you . . . Moving Rapidly Along
CBS Sports has announced that those tough Washington Huskies will open the network's college football schedule of 16 games on Sept. 13 with a home date against those equally tough Ohio State Buckeyes . . .
CBS's "West 57th" scored a 10.1 national Nielsen rating and a 19 percent audience share Wednesday night but lost out to both ABC's "Hotel" and NBC's "St. Elsewhere" in the 10 p.m. time slot . . .
We've learned that NBC Chairman Grant Tinker will be leaving the network no later than October . . .
Meanwhile, in Tinker's final appearance before the TV writers who have chronicled his successful five-year reign at NBC, Tinker this week revealed that NBC, like the CBS Broadcast Group, is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom review of day-to-day operations to find ways to cut costs . . .
Like CBS, a committee of top executives, led by Bob Walsh, is conducting the study. Tinker doesn't expect any major cuts in personnel to result ("These things are a lot worse in anticipation than they really are"), but there will obviously be some reorganization and trimming . . .
On another subject, Tinker said that Tom Brokaw and the "NBC Nightly News" "is poised to go right on by" the longtime news champions at CBS . . .
He also reiterated that he's "a big fan of" News President Larry Grossman, whose name keeps coming up as a possible successor to Tinker . . .
Most of the questions from the biggest audience of writers he's ever faced over the five years were about the "legacy" he has left the No. 1 network, which was No. 3 when he arrived . . .
"If I'm remembered, I guess it will be as the guy who knit the team back together," he said . . .
Tinker revealed that he has called CBS Broadcast Group President Gene Jankowski and CBS Entertainment President Bud Grant to tell them that he regretted that his remarks about CBS at a recent affiliates' meeting in Maui had reached the press . . .
In Maui he told the affiliates that CBS was kidding itself and faced the prospect of a third-place finish for some time to come. Both Jankowski and Grant had expressed surprise before the press corps here that the "classy" Tinker would say something like that . . .
"I told them I regretted saying it and asked for their forbearance," Tinker said Wednesday. Moments later, during questions about his plans to form a TV production firm soon after he leaves NBC, he was asked if he'd go to CBS as a possible customer . . .
"You didn't think I called Bud Grant and Gene Jankowski just to be a good guy, did you?" responded the droll Tinker to loud laughter . . .
Earlier in the day, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff announced that NBC has a "little different project" in the works for this holiday season . . . a six-hour mini-series to be called "A Year in the Life" . . .
It will trace the lives of a contemporary American family -- a patriarch and his four grown children -- from Christmas 1985 to Christmas 1986 . . .
Tartikoff also said that "Stingray" is the number one backup series waiting in the wings as a midseason replacement and announced that next in line will be a sitcom called "The Tortellis," a spinoff from a "Cheers" episode about Carla's ex-husband and his new wife . . .
Another major project is a series called "C.A.T. Squad" . . .
Tartikoff also suggested that the western may be coming back and said he had a couple of projects in mind along that line . . .
"The A-Team," said Tartikoff, will open with a three-parter during which the chaps will be caught, tried and convicted but will get to work off their sentences working for the government . . .
In addition to Robert Vaughn as the official they'll report to, Bob's secretary and a demolitions expert will be added to the regular cast . . . Also in the News
ABC News celebrated "World News Tonight" Executive Producer Bill Lord's 25th year with the network with a Tuesday luncheon at Shun Lee Restaurant in New York attended by News President Roone Arledge, Executive Vice President David Burke and anchor Peter Jennings. The party had to break up early for President Reagan's 2 p.m. announcement about the retirement of Chief Justice Warren Burger . . .
"CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather celebrated the publication of "Morning News" producer James Miller's book about a week in the life of the Senate, "Running in Place," with a luncheon at 21 last week. Among the guests from "Morning News" were executive director Susan Winston, anchors Forrest Sawyer and Maria Shriver (and her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger) and News President Van Gordon Sauter . . .
And with a belated tip of the ol' rabbit ears, Andrew Schwartzman, executive director of the Media Access Project, and Linda Lazarus, assistant corporation counsel for the District, were married in a June 8 ceremony . . .