Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

June 27, 2006


A South Jersey murder case is the focus of the premiere episode of “Fugitive Strike Force,” produced and written by former Fox29 “Good Day Philadelphia” Hollywood correspondent, Molly Mayock, July 6th at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. 


The episode follows US Marshals, a SWAT team, and a bounty hunter as they search for two New Jersey fugitives suspected of committing a murder in a Lakewood, New Jersey barbershop in February then going on the run to Las Vegas.


Mayock, a native of Drexel Hill, PA who has lived in California for years, also wrote another episode of the six-episode series.


Since her days at “Good Day,” Mayock participated in the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon-helmed “Project Greenlight” and was seen as a movie expert on E!  Her brother Mike is an analyst for the NFL Network.


Say goodbye to Charlie Gibson on “Good Morning America” on ABC tomorrow at 7 a.m.  Gibson will be going to the “World News Tonight,” where he’ll compete against former morning rival Katie Couric, who is moving to the “CBS Evening News.”  In case you are counting, this will be the third morning show “Goodbye Show,” following Katie’s goodbye on “The Today Show,” and Meredith Vieira’s so-long on “The View.”


Also, “Blade:  The Series” premieres on Spike TV tomorrow.


Foreigner, sans lead singer Lou Graham will headline the annual WMGK 102.9-FM “Let Freedom Rock Fest” July 4 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, New Jersey.  Festivities start at 5 p.m.   


WOGL 98.1-FM will air “The History of Rock N Roll” July 4th weekend.


Michael Smerconish of WPHT 1210-AM once again substitute-hosted “Scarborough Country” on MSNBC last week.  It would be great if he could host his own cable show out of Philly.


Millions of television fans were saddened to hear about the death of producer Aaron Spelling.  Some of my favorite Spelling shows were “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Family,” and the classic television movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.”
Many know that Heather Locklear was the muse for Aaron Spelling, appearing in three of his shows - "Dynasty," "T.J. Hooker," and "Melrose Place." 
However, there were two other actresses who appeared in two of his shows.  They were Kate Jackson, who starred in "The Rookies" and "Charlie's Angels," and Shannen Doherty, who starred in and was fired from "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Charmed."
In an email, Bucks county resident, Jill Whelan, who played Vicki Stubing on "The Love Boat" wrote, "Aaron Spelling was an incredible talent.  He had an uncanny ability to know what the audience wanted before they did and then deliver it to them.  Personally Aaron was truly a wonderful and caring man.  He was incredibly genuine in a world that can be far from that, and I was lucky to call him my friend."