It's the big dog on the block, the 900 pound gorilla, but does Action News still deserve to be on top, or is it simply inertia? My answer, they mostly deserve it. Anything has room for improvement and AN has got more tabloidy, but that's what the audience wants. Most of what made AN a success is still there in one form or another. They finally gave in and updated the graphics a few years ago, but it's just newer versions of the same look. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. AM: I think this is their weakest spot. Just not as lively as the other stations in the AM, and you need a little of that in the morning. Matt O'Donnell is competent, but bland. Same with Tamela Edwards. Karen Rogers is always going to come off as the former minor beauty queen she is, no matter where they put her. The one bright spot is Dave Murphy, who is just awesome. He deserves a bigger profile, rather than having Adam Joseph all over the place. Noon: Like it. I love Sarah Bloomquist. Little sister bubbly, but can turn serious on a dime. What can I say about Rick Williams? The guy is all pro and the heir apparent when JG finally keels over. Again you've got Dave Murphy. Wouldn't change a thing. 5PM: Okay, Rick's a great start, but too much of Monica's personal life has spilled to take her seriously. It's one thing for a youngish Alycia Lane's personal life to be a mess, Monica is old enough to know better, even if she tries to act like she's not. I like Cicely Tynan, but she's just too plastic to feel warm and fuzzy about her. Face is too tight, delivery is too tight. She's her best in those Zoo segments, when she's forced into a real enviroment. 6PM: I've heard alot of Jim Garner haters in the past week and I still don't get it. Maybe he is a pr*ck in real life, but I don't see it on the air and he keeps his private life private. He's smooth, he's easy, he's still got it, though he needs a damned haircut. Gary Papa is the best sports guy in town, hands down. The guy knows what he's talking about and doesn't showboat on the air. Gets in, does his thing, gets out. Dave Roberts, come on the guy is Angel's father and an institution. I would still take him over Cicely. I defy anyone not to like him. So what if he's not all sciency like the guys on the other stations, at the end of the day they're still just reading computer models. 11pm: Rinse and repeat. Weekends: I like Walter Perez, cause he always seems slightly clueless. Reminds me of Dieter Baeder from The Drew Carey Show. And I'm not sure why, but Jessica Borg is compelling to watch. She's not conventionally pretty, she seems to crack up alot, but I'll admit it, I have been assimilated. Erica Grow is okay for a beginner, but that confidence needs to improve. She may have jumped to a big market too soon. Reporters: Experience, experience, experience. Action News seems to be the closest thing as a guarenteed job for life that still exists in this country. John Rawlings still has it, so do David Henry and Denise James. Sorry, but Vernon Odem comes off as a blowhard and Dann Cuellar needs some Ritalin. it might be time for Cathy Gandolfo and Nora Muchanic to retire. The newbies aren't bad, Chad Pradelli is decent and Erin O'Hearn is clearly a future star. Fill-in anchors: Action News seems to use them more than Eyewitness News. It seems over at EN Larry Mendte won't give up the screen time, so he's just everywhere. Again, Erin O'Hearn is obviously being groomed, if they don't lose her to a news network. Anita Brickman is good, but doesn't get enough screentime. One of the problems with An is that their bench is TOO deep. But then, am I the only one who thinks Adam Joseph looks and acts like a monkey? Keith Russell is passable, but Jaime Apody tries too hard.