Sometimes the most exciting TV is over before evening rush hour begins. On the last Friday in October, Luke and Laura (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) resurfaced on the soap opera General Hospital, running a modest diner in British Columbia with their son, Lucky. By the time you read this, they'll be en route to Port Charles. The same afternoon, Oprah
harpooned her second mega-Michael of the year, this one recently retired basketball immortal Michael Jordan. Go on, Oprah
! The diva of deep dish is having quite a year. Of course, celebrities know they're assured of a friendly reception on Oprah
. Winfrey broaches sensitive topics, but accepts vague responses without an aggressive follow-up. For instance, Jordan, when asked about the charges of compulsive gambling that have dogged him this year, said, "I don't think I did anything that was totally illegal." That kind of evasion may pass muster with Oprah
, Mike, but don't try it with Mike Wallace (see box on next page).