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Networks' latest Pope palooza inspires a Back Channels rewind

The networks are diving into their breathy coverage of the Papal Conclave this week, treating it like a horse race, of course. But harken back to a more majestic time, when TV brought U.S. viewers live, very early morning coverage of Pope John Paul II's funeral. My review is re-purposed on the Back Channels page.

Plus, "Come Home to Channel 5" for this hokey, homey 1986 promo in times when the station had Wheel of Fortune in play. The weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings also are posted.
Ed Bark