I don't know whether Tony Knowles is still regarded as the housewives' favourite but there will doubtless be many nostalgics pleased to see him come through the first stage of the World Championship qualifiers.
Knowles beat Stefan Mazrocis 10-9 to advance to the main tour section, where he will face Rodney Goggins.
But today is all about another star of yesteryear who has done as much as anyone - including those who actually have won it - to popularise the World Championship.
I refer, of course, to Jimmy White, who faces Vincent Muldoon.
Vinnie is just 18 and so won't remember any of White's six world final defeats, which is a sobering thought, and not just for Jimmy.
No doubt he will put his army of fans watching the live scoring through the usual agonies today.