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By From staff reports | November 13, 1990
The most innovative show of the new television season, Steven Bochco's attempt at a weekly musical police drama, has been canceled based on poor ratings. ABC announced that the Dec. 24 episode of "Cop Rock" will be its last.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2002
SO MANY bad TV shows, so little space to list them all. And yet ... if a few more trees must die to get them all in, so be it. So today, as promised, we present our list of the worst TV shows of all time, cleverly playing off TV Guide's listing of its 50 best shows last week. Our list is based partly on reader e-mail responses - close to 200, in fact, proving the vast majority of my readers lead empty, unsatisfying lives and will leap at the slightest distraction, no matter how vapid.
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By Michael Hill | September 26, 1990
IT IS CLEAR from the premiere of ABC's "Cop Rock" tha Steve Bochco can still produce powerful police drama as he did in "Hill Street Blues." So, why did he have to go put it to music?Well, why not? Just as "Hill Street" challenged audience assumptions about the look and content of a weekly series, so "Cop Rock" asks you to expand your expectations, to let songs convey dramatic ideas on television as they have for centuries on stage.And when it works, there is brilliance in "Cop Rock," never more evident than in the closing scene tonight as a drug addict mother, about to give up the baby daughter she loves for $200, sits on a bus stop bench and sings a wonderful Randy Newman song.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 27, 1997
Dick Ireland, unceremoniously dumped in May after 26 years at WLIF-FM (101.9), has resurfaced as the voice behind afternoon drive time programming on WRBS-FM (95.1)."I just feel frankly blessed that I landed on my feet as quickly as I did," says Ireland, who was given practically no notice that he was being replaced at WLIF. "This is a great place to be."Officials at the station, which concentrates on Christian and family-oriented broadcasting, sound delighted to be putting Ireland back on Baltimore's airwaves.
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By David Zurawik | September 28, 1990
"Cop Rock," the critically acclaimed cop-show-as-musical from Steven Bochco, debuted with low ratings Wednesday night. "Cop Rock" finished third behind "Hunter" on NBC and a special on "Mike Wallace" on CBS, according to Nielsen overnight ratings from the nation's largest television markets.Worse news for "Cop Rock" is that the show lost about 2 million of the television households provided by its lead-in show on ABC, "Married People." ABC yesterday emphasized that "Cop Rock" finished first among the three shows with people 18 to 49 years old.
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By David Zurawik | September 14, 1990
How important is the new police-musical "Cop Rock" to ABC?So important that the network has whipped up a half-hour special tonight in hopes of getting "Twin Peaks" fans interested in "Cop Rock.""Twin Peaks & Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes," which airs at 9:30 tonight on WJZ-TV (Channel 13), will feature interviews with David Lynch and Mark Frost, the creators of "Twin Peaks," as well as stars Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Peggy Lipton and Catherine Caulson (the Log Lady).The second half of the show will feature interviews with Steven Bochco, the creator of "Cop Rock," as well as stars Barbara Bosson and Ronnie Cox.It's a new kind of network spin doctoring -- aimed at trying to assure that viewers' first impression of the show comes from ABC, not from television critics.
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By David Zurawik | November 13, 1990
ABC pulled the plug yesterday on "Cop Rock," one of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the season.The last episode of the Steven Bochco show, which coupled police drama with music, will air Dec. 26, ABC Entertainment President Robert Iger said."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 26, 1990
"Cop Rock" is great and it's terrible.Overall, it's more great than terrible. And even when it's terrible, it's great to see mainstream network television trying to birth a new genre -- the video musical.Call "Cop Rock" great-and-greatly-flawed. And make sure you see or tape it tonight at 10 on WJZ-TV (Channel 13). This is the kind of television people are going to be talking about tomorrow morning around the Mr. Coffee cart."Cop Rock" is the creation of Steven Bochco, who has helped create "L.A.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | November 16, 1990
"Polly Comin' Home!" is television that snaps, crackles and pops.It has a bunch of on-screen stars who deliver fine performances -- Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Dorian Harewood, Brandon Adams and Anthony Newley. But the biggest star is Debbie Allen, who directed and choreographed this sequel to last year's "Polly.""Polly Comin' Home" seems so seamless in its movement from drama to music that you wonder why "Cop Rock" couldn't get it right and why TV critics didn't remember last season's "Polly" in their pre-season celebrations of "Cop Rock" this fall.
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By STEVE MCKERROW | September 22, 1990
It isn't easy, is it? Readers were quick to respond when this column asked earlier this year for nominations of television shows to save from cancellation, or shows to bring back from prime-times past. But predicting hits and misses of the new season is apparently another story.A Labor Day Holiday Sun request for some early clairvoyance on the new arrivals has brought a pretty paltry response. Perhaps that is because all the new shows have not yet hit the airwaves, although the original interest was in projections based on early -- hype.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | November 16, 1990
"Polly Comin' Home!" is television that snaps, crackles and pops.It has a bunch of on-screen stars who deliver fine performances -- Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Dorian Harewood, Brandon Adams and Anthony Newley. But the biggest star is Debbie Allen, who directed and choreographed this sequel to last year's "Polly.""Polly Comin' Home" seems so seamless in its movement from drama to music that you wonder why "Cop Rock" couldn't get it right and why TV critics didn't remember last season's "Polly" in their pre-season celebrations of "Cop Rock" this fall.
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By From staff reports | November 13, 1990
The most innovative show of the new television season, Steven Bochco's attempt at a weekly musical police drama, has been canceled based on poor ratings. ABC announced that the Dec. 24 episode of "Cop Rock" will be its last.
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By David Zurawik | November 13, 1990
ABC pulled the plug yesterday on "Cop Rock," one of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the season.The last episode of the Steven Bochco show, which coupled police drama with music, will air Dec. 26, ABC Entertainment President Robert Iger said."
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 2, 1990
WHAT WITH THE season-opening scheduling stunts, the sneak previews and delayed premieres, the baseball playoffs and World Series programming and counter-programming, it's not until the beginning of November that the networks actually put their prime-time schedules into effect.But, of course, by this time, something has usually changed. Indeed, it's not even a surprise any more when the schedules the networks so proudly unveil never actually make it on the air in the fall.This season is no exception.
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By Kevin Cowherd | October 3, 1990
As PROMISED some weeks ago, here is a critique of the new fall TV shows:"Parenthood" (NBC): Haven't seen it yet, but the word from Sylvia at my neighborhood 7-Eleven is that it's "uneven." Unless she said: "I'm leavin'." To tell you the truth, it was very noisy and I might have misunderstood. Sometimes you can't hear yourself think in there.Catty-corner to the Slurpee machine is no place to carry on a decent conversation, that's for sure."Get a Life" (Fox): Haven't caught this one yet. Off the top of my head, it sounds like some kind of career-woman-in-midlife-crisis show.
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By David Zurawik | September 28, 1990
"Cop Rock," the critically acclaimed cop-show-as-musical from Steven Bochco, debuted with low ratings Wednesday night. "Cop Rock" finished third behind "Hunter" on NBC and a special on "Mike Wallace" on CBS, according to Nielsen overnight ratings from the nation's largest television markets.Worse news for "Cop Rock" is that the show lost about 2 million of the television households provided by its lead-in show on ABC, "Married People." ABC yesterday emphasized that "Cop Rock" finished first among the three shows with people 18 to 49 years old.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 27, 1997
Dick Ireland, unceremoniously dumped in May after 26 years at WLIF-FM (101.9), has resurfaced as the voice behind afternoon drive time programming on WRBS-FM (95.1)."I just feel frankly blessed that I landed on my feet as quickly as I did," says Ireland, who was given practically no notice that he was being replaced at WLIF. "This is a great place to be."Officials at the station, which concentrates on Christian and family-oriented broadcasting, sound delighted to be putting Ireland back on Baltimore's airwaves.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 16, 1990
We have been hearing the buzz words since last spring: innovative, daring and bold.After a 1989 fall season that featured some of the safest and least innovative programming in recent memory, followed by an even deeper audience erosion, the network programmers reached a turning point last spring.Brandon Tartikoff, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, said the networks knew which way they had to go when they saw "Twin Peaks." "That was a very important night [Easter Sunday] when that show went on," Tartikoff said.
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By Michael Hill | September 26, 1990
IT IS CLEAR from the premiere of ABC's "Cop Rock" tha Steve Bochco can still produce powerful police drama as he did in "Hill Street Blues." So, why did he have to go put it to music?Well, why not? Just as "Hill Street" challenged audience assumptions about the look and content of a weekly series, so "Cop Rock" asks you to expand your expectations, to let songs convey dramatic ideas on television as they have for centuries on stage.And when it works, there is brilliance in "Cop Rock," never more evident than in the closing scene tonight as a drug addict mother, about to give up the baby daughter she loves for $200, sits on a bus stop bench and sings a wonderful Randy Newman song.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 26, 1990
"Cop Rock" is great and it's terrible.Overall, it's more great than terrible. And even when it's terrible, it's great to see mainstream network television trying to birth a new genre -- the video musical.Call "Cop Rock" great-and-greatly-flawed. And make sure you see or tape it tonight at 10 on WJZ-TV (Channel 13). This is the kind of television people are going to be talking about tomorrow morning around the Mr. Coffee cart."Cop Rock" is the creation of Steven Bochco, who has helped create "L.A.
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