BY JACK LECHNER
In "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Jack Lechner, a former
Miramax executive, writes about a week he spent watching
12 TV sets for 15 hours a day.
Lechner's idea isn't new: In 1967, a New Yorker named Charles
Sopkin wrote a book called "Seven Glorious Days, Seven Fun-Filled
Nights" about watching six televisions for a week. But Lechner
- with his entertainment connections and vivid memories
of too many hours spent watching TV as a kid - is the right
person to update the Sopkin book.
Lechner learns a lot about the current state of pop culture,
American society and about himself as he chronicles the
week in September 1999 when he brought the 12 sets and the
fascinating, frenetic, perverted, compelling world of all-TV,
all-the-time into his home. His observations are informative,
funny and, at times, poignant.
The net (and cable) result: Lechner writes, "As in Charles
Sopkin's day, 90 percent of what's on television is crap."
But this book just might enable readers to identify the
remaining 10 percent.