Stay Tuned for the Hype

Local news shows try to boost their ratings with blatant tie-ins to prime-time network fare

What's in the news this month? Well, let's take a spin around the local TV dial.

On Melrose Place, Billy and Alison finally consummated their relationship. The Fox station in Chicago covered the news with a behind-the-scenes report from a correspondent actually "there in Los Angeles during the filming of this historic episode."

Nothing quite so juicy was happening on L.A. Law; the show has just got so darn good that New York City's WNBC-TV felt compelled to do a story. "If you watched NBC's L.A. Law tonight, it wasn't your imagination," gushed co-anchor Sue Simmons. "The show's writers, stars and...

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