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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 8, 1994
Here's the road map for tonight's TV viewing: Start at 8 with the fascinating realism of the NBC documentary "Lives in Hazard," switch to the spooky escapism of "The X-Files," then wrap up prime time with a fresh helping of "Picket Fences."* "Lives in Hazard" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- According to actor Edward James Olmos, the most important thing a kid needs, in order to escape the engulfing cycle of inner-city street gangs, is a strong role model. Certainly Mr. Olmos provides one. After starring as a strong but quiet lieutenant on "Miami Vice," he played inspirational math teacher Jaime Escalante in "Stand and Deliver" and filmed a movie called American Me" using actual gang members and Folsom Prison inmates.
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By The Washington Post | December 12, 2009
GENE BARRY, 90 'Bat Masterson' star Gene Barry, a debonair leading man who was best known as the sharply dressed lawman of the television series "Bat Masterson" and "Burke's Law," and then earned a Tony Award nomination as a gay nightclub owner raising a son in "La Cage aux Folles," died Dec. 9 at an assisted-living home in Woodland Hills, Calif. Family members said they did not know the cause of death. After an early stage career that included acting opposite Mae West in a Broadway comedy, Mr. Barry went to Hollywood and starred in a series of films that included the 1953 alien-invasion movie "The War of the Worlds."
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By The Washington Post | December 12, 2009
GENE BARRY, 90 'Bat Masterson' star Gene Barry, a debonair leading man who was best known as the sharply dressed lawman of the television series "Bat Masterson" and "Burke's Law," and then earned a Tony Award nomination as a gay nightclub owner raising a son in "La Cage aux Folles," died Dec. 9 at an assisted-living home in Woodland Hills, Calif. Family members said they did not know the cause of death. After an early stage career that included acting opposite Mae West in a Broadway comedy, Mr. Barry went to Hollywood and starred in a series of films that included the 1953 alien-invasion movie "The War of the Worlds."
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | June 8, 1995
In 1986, two Baltimore filmmakers screened a documentary )) on Maryland Public Television, "Beginning With Bong," that eloquently presented the challenges facing a severely disabled young boy. Nine years later, they update the story with a surprisingly upbeat sequel.* "Bong and Donnell" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The latest documentary from Baltimore independent filmmakers William A. Whiteford and Susan Hadary Cohen won the Best of Fest prize at the Baltimore Film Forum this year.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 4, 1994
NBC has a night of soap opera programming in prime time, but lovers of romance would be better served to tune in to tonight's Valentine's Day edition of "Picket Fences."* "Days of Our Lives" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- To be precise about it, these are the "Nights of Our Lives," since this is the latest annual prime-time outing for this NBC soap. Lisa Rinna, the show's hot new star, is featured prominently, and even gets to be co-host of the following "Soap Opera Digest Awards" special with Kelsey Grammer.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 7, 1995
The power of Newt Gingrich and the impotence of CBS' "Burke's Law."Analysts say both are crucial to understanding the unprecedented television event scheduled for tonight -- a speaker of the House getting free network prime time to make what is expected to be essentially a partisan speech. In this case, it's Gingrich talking about the GOP's "Contract With America" and the first 100 days of Congress."It's definitely a testament to the political power of Newt Gingrich," said Douglas Gomery, a media economist in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | January 7, 1994
On TV, what goes up, must come down -- then, after a few years, must come back. That's not one of Burke's laws, but it explains why "Burke's Law," starring Gene Barry, is back on TV with new episodes. Also tonight: two A&E documentaries looking sensitive media issues, and fresh episodes of "Brisco County, Jr.," "The X-Files" and "Picket Fences."* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Tonight's plot has Brisco and Bowler (Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry) convening with other bounty hunters at a convention.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 10, 1994
Let's not kid ourselves. Unless you're interested in basketball, or reruns, there's nothing on. As for the best rerun, it's easy to "Picket." It's "Picket Fences."* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Remember when Chevy Chase lurked around "Saturday Night Live" as a "land shark"? Well, on tonight's "Adventures," Brisco (Bruce Campbell) has to deal with "land pirates." On land, apparently, their timbers don't shiver as much, and their buckles swash more easily.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 15, 1994
There ought to be a law about how boring TV can be during the summer on the broadcast networks in prime time. There is a law, in fact, but it's a repeat: "Burke's Law."* "Burke's Law" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The guest stars tonight include former stars of "The F.B.I.," "The Jeffersons," "Sledge Hammer" and "Falcon Crest" -- in order, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Sherman Hemsley, David Rasche and Kristian Alfonso. They are here in support of Gene Barry, former -- and current -- star of "Burke's Law."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 1, 1994
For the first time in weeks, there's no soccer to write about. In all probability, there will be continued coverage of the O. J. Simpson preliminary hearing (you know where to find it), but, as for regularly scheduled programming, there isn't much of note. Some of the notes, in fact, are pretty sour.* "Burke's Law" (9-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As entertaining side dishes go, I prefer "Cole's Law." But though hardly considered an entertainment entree, at least "Burke's Law" serves up hefty helpings of goofy guest-star appearances.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 7, 1995
The power of Newt Gingrich and the impotence of CBS' "Burke's Law."Analysts say both are crucial to understanding the unprecedented television event scheduled for tonight -- a speaker of the House getting free network prime time to make what is expected to be essentially a partisan speech. In this case, it's Gingrich talking about the GOP's "Contract With America" and the first 100 days of Congress."It's definitely a testament to the political power of Newt Gingrich," said Douglas Gomery, a media economist in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | March 21, 1995
Trivia test: What star returning to the CBS lineup after a period of mid-season hiatus made his debut in the very same role more than 30 years ago? Hint: Before that, he was the dapper star of a popular western. (See "Burke's Law," below.)* "What About Your Friends?" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., Channel 13) -- It's that time of year, when high school seniors anxiously scan the mail for college acceptance or rejection. In this "Schoolbreak Special," Monica Calhoun, Lark Voorhies and Malinda Williams are close friends hoping to get into the same school.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 15, 1994
There ought to be a law about how boring TV can be during the summer on the broadcast networks in prime time. There is a law, in fact, but it's a repeat: "Burke's Law."* "Burke's Law" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The guest stars tonight include former stars of "The F.B.I.," "The Jeffersons," "Sledge Hammer" and "Falcon Crest" -- in order, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Sherman Hemsley, David Rasche and Kristian Alfonso. They are here in support of Gene Barry, former -- and current -- star of "Burke's Law."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 1, 1994
For the first time in weeks, there's no soccer to write about. In all probability, there will be continued coverage of the O. J. Simpson preliminary hearing (you know where to find it), but, as for regularly scheduled programming, there isn't much of note. Some of the notes, in fact, are pretty sour.* "Burke's Law" (9-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As entertaining side dishes go, I prefer "Cole's Law." But though hardly considered an entertainment entree, at least "Burke's Law" serves up hefty helpings of goofy guest-star appearances.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 10, 1994
Let's not kid ourselves. Unless you're interested in basketball, or reruns, there's nothing on. As for the best rerun, it's easy to "Picket." It's "Picket Fences."* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Remember when Chevy Chase lurked around "Saturday Night Live" as a "land shark"? Well, on tonight's "Adventures," Brisco (Bruce Campbell) has to deal with "land pirates." On land, apparently, their timbers don't shiver as much, and their buckles swash more easily.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 15, 1994
Highlight of the night: a new episode of "The X-Files." Lowlight of the night: an old episode of "Step By Step."* "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)-- The is a repeat of an episode in which horses of Brisco's wild, wild West are rivaled by a different type of horsepower: prototypes of motorcycles. The same concept was used earlier on TV in "Nichols," James Garner's playful but short-lived follow-up to "Maverick." Bruce Campbell stars. Fox repeat.* "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 15, 1994
Highlight of the night: a new episode of "The X-Files." Lowlight of the night: an old episode of "Step By Step."* "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)-- The is a repeat of an episode in which horses of Brisco's wild, wild West are rivaled by a different type of horsepower: prototypes of motorcycles. The same concept was used earlier on TV in "Nichols," James Garner's playful but short-lived follow-up to "Maverick." Bruce Campbell stars. Fox repeat.* "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | March 21, 1995
Trivia test: What star returning to the CBS lineup after a period of mid-season hiatus made his debut in the very same role more than 30 years ago? Hint: Before that, he was the dapper star of a popular western. (See "Burke's Law," below.)* "What About Your Friends?" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., Channel 13) -- It's that time of year, when high school seniors anxiously scan the mail for college acceptance or rejection. In this "Schoolbreak Special," Monica Calhoun, Lark Voorhies and Malinda Williams are close friends hoping to get into the same school.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 8, 1994
Here's the road map for tonight's TV viewing: Start at 8 with the fascinating realism of the NBC documentary "Lives in Hazard," switch to the spooky escapism of "The X-Files," then wrap up prime time with a fresh helping of "Picket Fences."* "Lives in Hazard" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- According to actor Edward James Olmos, the most important thing a kid needs, in order to escape the engulfing cycle of inner-city street gangs, is a strong role model. Certainly Mr. Olmos provides one. After starring as a strong but quiet lieutenant on "Miami Vice," he played inspirational math teacher Jaime Escalante in "Stand and Deliver" and filmed a movie called American Me" using actual gang members and Folsom Prison inmates.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 4, 1994
Not to be missed tonight: a new episode of "Picket Fences," starring Louis Gossett Jr.* "Washington Week in Review" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This is the farewell to an era for fans of this series, which tonight says farewell to Paul Duke. And viewers won't be the only ones saying goodbye: In taped pieces, others offering their best to Mr. Duke include Dan Rather, Tim Russert, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, the entire "This Week With David Brinkley" cabal, and some well-connected guy named Clinton.
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