Today's mail included the latest issue of Inside TV, the attempt by the company behind TV Guide to make a glossy, celeb-oriented magazine. The cover photos include Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel of ''Gilmore Girls'' and Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie as part of a ''Paris Vs Nicole'' piece that dominates the cover.
But apparently people are getting their Paris/Nicole fix elsewhere (I'm especially fond of www.hollywoodrag.com ) because Inside TV is about done. Its owner has said it will shut down the magazine to focus on, well, other stuff. If you want details you can find them in a release at www.gemstartvguide.com.
I think one of the biggest problems for Inside TV was the way that it seemed indistinguishable from many other magazines -- including its revamped sister publication. In a Beacon Journal column in October, I said the new TV Guide ''reminded me of Inside TV.''
I could have gone on to point out nuanced differences, that Inside TV seemed to aim for a younger audience than TV Guide, that it was somewhat gushier about celebs, and that it took even less time to read. (What was that line in ''The Big Chill,'' that each article had to be short enough to be read during a bathroom sit-down? Shows how things have changed in the 20-some years since the movie was made. Now you have celeb magazines that can be finished before you are.) But now there's no point. The magazine is going in less time than a flash-in-the-pan actor's career.
Also headed to the boneyard is ''Night Stalker,'' ABC's attempt to modernize the old Darren McGavin franchise. I wasn't a fan of the show, and thought some of the plotting was painfully obvious. I wonder if it might have done better with another leading man, since Stuart Townsend was a big blank in the middle of the show. But the point's moot now.