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By David Zurawik and Yvonne Villarreal | November 22, 2011
Jason Winer was directing Julie Bowen on first episode of "Modern Family" when inspiration struck. "In the initial draft, Julie's character was described as mildly controlling and neurotic," Winer says of the suburban sitcom mom. "But what she didn't have in that draft was this idea that she was formerly a bad girl who had kind of reformed herself. " Winer thought the extra history could add an important dimension to Bowen's Claire Dunphy — and make a difference to the story featuring her teenage daughter, Haley, who just starting dating.
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SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN SPORTS MEDIA CRITIC | January 15, 1998
NEW YORK -- Between dinner time Monday and Tuesday, not far from Broadway, the NFL's television committee staged its own version of the play "Titanic," but this story had nothing to do with a ship.Rather, the plot was how commissioner Paul Tagliabue and a group of football owners could entice network executives to chuck their good sense and throw billions of dollars at them.This play, so far, has been a big financial hit for the NFL, to the tune of $17.6 billion over eight years from ABC, ESPN, CBS and Fox, though there are questions whether the networks will take a financial bath.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Jim Thiele is building giant bumper stickers in the sky. His blimps, lighted internally like jack-o'-lanterns, hover over sporting events around the world, hawking cars and beer and life insurance. Of the approximately two dozen airships aloft, Thiele's American Blimp Corp., with offices in Hillsboro and Severna Park, is responsible for 19. ABC blimps are different. Smaller. Brighter. Hipper. Just right for advertising. ABC airships have carried the logos of Coca-Cola, Nokia, Met Life (the Snoopy balloon)
SPORTS
December 26, 1991
Bowl .. .. .. .. Date .. .. .. Site .. .. .. OpponentsPayment .. .. .. Time .. .. .. TV .. .. .. .. or scoreCalifornia .. Dec. 14 .. .. Fresno, Calif.. Bowling Green 28$250,000 Fresno State 21Aloha .. .. .. Dec. 25 .. .. Honolulu .. .. Georgia Tech 18$650,000 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Stanford 17Blockbuster.. Dec. 28 .. .. Miami .. .. .. Alabama (9-1)$1.8 million .. 9 p.m. .. .. CBS .. .. .. ..vs. Colorado (8-2-1)Independence .. Dec. 29 .. Shreveport, La. .. Georgia (7-3)$650,000 .. .. 2:30 p.m. .. ABC .. .. .. .. vs. Arkansas (6-5)
FEATURES
By Mary McNamara and Mary McNamara,Los Angeles Times | September 27, 2007
Jon Harmon Feldman wrote ABC's new drama Big Shots because he wanted to explore what it means to be a man in 2007. It says so, right on ABC's Web site. If what he has discovered is even remotely accurate, we may be mere minutes away from the apocalypse. Because Feldman has created a quartet of rich guys so insufferable, self-centered and whiny that they make the men of feminist masterwork The Golden Notebook, or even The Nanny Diaries, look positively heroic. The women in Big Shots, to be fair, aren't much better.
NEWS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 1, 2000
TV met Y2K, and the pictures were A-OK. But the personality-first, story-second commentary and coverage were almost too much to bear, especially on ABC. From the islands of Kiribati and Tonga at 5 a.m. to Moscow, Bethlehem and London some 12 hours later yesterday, the pictures of other nations welcoming in the New Year were stirring. There was nothing new about television delivering spectacular images that fairly scream their message of life in a hard-wired global village. We've seen it before in memorable closing Olympic ceremonies and state funerals.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | October 18, 1995
The list of things that you can rely on seems to grow shorter with each passing day, but thank goodness that the greed and stupidity of those who run baseball remain constant.The owners are getting their first World Series in two years, and early ratings on the first two rounds of playoffs suggest fans -- Cincinnati to the contrary -- largely have gotten over residual anger from last season's strike.So, apparently feeling their oats, the Lords of Baseball are floating the notion that they are on the verge of getting a television contract for next season, peddling the rumor in yesterday's USA Today that Fox and CBS have essentially agreed on a four-year, $880 million deal to carry regular-season and playoff games.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,CBS Research STAFF GRAPHICTelevision Critic | April 16, 1992
Last July, Warren Littlefield, the president of top-rated NBC Entertainment, was asked for his reaction to predictions by CBS executives that CBS would go from last to first in ratings during the 1991-92 TV season."
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2003
Fox News, the nation's edgiest television news shop, announced yesterday it will entrust its Sunday morning talk show to ABC News' Chris Wallace, an old-fashioned correspondent known for a painstaking approach to journalism. Wallace will begin his new duties in mid-November. "It adds another big horse to our stable," said Brit Hume, anchor and Washington managing editor for Fox News. Wallace, 56, takes over from Tony Snow, who served as host of Fox News Sunday since its creation in 1996.
NEWS
January 25, 2009
CA needs to be more forthcoming The Alliance for a Better Columbia is committed to the goal of lowering the Columbia Association's annual assessment charge by 7 percent in next year's budget. Eliminating the payment of bonuses, which have increased by one-third over the past three years, would be a major step in this direction. Imposing some limits on the growth of employee benefits, which are set to increase by 45 percent over the 2007-to-2010 period, would also be warranted. When corporations as well as local governments are responding to the current financial storm by controlling employee costs, CA spending should not be allowed to increase at recent annual rates in excess of revenue growth as projected in the Conditional FY 2010 Budget.
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