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The flying “A Current Affair” triangle logo and distinctive theme are careening back to television.

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The syndicated news magazine show, which ran from 1986 to 1996, will return this spring with former NFL player, author and Fox Sports commentator Tim Green as host, Twentieth Television announced Thursday. Maury Povich and Maureen O’Boyle served as anchors during its initial run.

Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television, described Green as someone with “honesty, charisma, strong on-air presence, a witty sense of humor and the ability to tell a story that engages everyone.”

“I’m the suit,” Green told The Associated Press. “I have a unique perspective on the world. I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of exciting places.”

In 1986, Green was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons and was their star defensive end for eight years. He’s gone on to write books such as “The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL” and “A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search.”

“A Current Affair” reported on many entertainment, crime and gossip stories during its 10 years on the air. Green — who didn’t watch the original — said the new version will “look more like it did at its inception.” That means less scandal, more heart.

“I heard people describe it as an everyman’s ‘60 Minutes,”’ Green told the AP. “In the script I read for the show, the content seemed sort of Shakespearean with both the comedy and the tragedy.”

What’s not tragic is the return of the “Law & Order”-esque theme. Fox spokesman John R. Rizzotti confirmed the signature “Current Affair” logo and theme would be back — in a “revamped” form.

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