Talk about launching the Feb TV Sweeps with a bang!
It's Bronson vs. Bronson vs. Bronson on three L.A. independent stations the same two nights--Thursday and Friday--and even the same 8 p.m. time slot.
"The battle of the Bronsons--it had to happen," says KTLA Channel 5 G.M. Steve Bell. "What it says is that Charles Bronson is a big bankable star for television."
Bell added that while he recalls cases where two "Chuck" movies have competed, he thinks three is some kind of record. And "a kind of a loony coincidence."
And what a dilemma for Bronsonians!
On Thursday: "Death Wish III" (Ch. 5), the original "Death Wish" (KTTV, Ch. 11) and "Mr. Majestyk" (KCOP, Ch. 13).
On Friday: "Telefon" (Ch. 5) vs. "Death Wish II" (Ch. 11) vs. "The Stone Killer" (Ch. 13).
See, KCOP's also got Bronson's "Breakheart Pass" on Tuesday and "The Valachi Papers" on Wednesday. And also on Wednesday, KTTV's got Bronson's "The Evil That Men Do."
We're talking real death wishing.