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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 13, 1990
Bart and the rest of "The Simpsons" overachieved even their own network's expectations Thursday night. The Fox Television program finished in a virtual tie with NBC's top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the first head-to-head showdown of the two, according to national ratings from A. C. Nielsen.Furthermore, "The Simpsons" beat "Cosby" in many of the nation's largest cities, such as New York and Los Angeles."Are we surprised? Absolutely," said Brad Turell, a senior vice president at Fox. "We did not anticipate being this close, let alone beating them [in several large cities]
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | April 3, 2014
If great theater is your thing, Arena Stage is the place to be. The Southwest Washington, D.C., theater has been on a roll this season, with exceptional plays that covered a broad range of subjects, featuring well-known cast members. I've always felt that Arena Stage's productions have reflected the diversity of the nation's capital and this season has been no exception. I haven't seen the entire lineup, but many this season fall in that category, such as the by-popular-demand repeat performance of the explosive "One Night With Janis Joplin.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | April 26, 1992
It has become a bittersweet ritual of spring. Every year, the end of the TV season means the final episode of a long-running show and fans saying goodbye forever to favorite characters.Every few years, though, the experience becomes deeper and often downright painful, as fans say goodbye to landmark shows and characters they have connected with in profound ways.In the 1970s, there was Mary Richards turning out the lights in the newsroom at WJM-TV in Minneapolis, and the Stivics going off to California, leaving Edith and Archie behind.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
The University of Baltimore announced Thursday that entertainer Bill Cosby would deliver the school's commencement address. Cosby will speak at the May 21 graduation ceremony. He'll also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree . The ceremony will be at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Cosby is something of a familiar face around Baltimore. Last year, St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore honored Cosby and his wife, Camille, for their $2 million donation toward a community center.
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By Michael Hill | December 11, 1990
"The Simpsons" might be giving "The Cosby Show" a tough time across the country, but NBC's veteran is having no trouble with the Fox upstart in Baltimore, according to the November ratings books.Both the Nielsen and Arbitron sweep month books report that "The Cosby Show" on Channel 2 (WMAR) attracts more than twice as many viewers as "The Simpsons" on Channel 45 (WBFF).In Nielsen, "Cosby" has a 23 rating and 34 share, while "The Simpsons" gets an 11 rating and 15 share. In Arbitron, it's a 26/40 for the Cos, while Bart and crew get a 9/15.
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October 11, 1990
You heard it here first: "The Simpsons" season premiere tonight on the Fox network (Channel 45) will wallop "The Cosby Show" over on NBC (Channel 2) in the ratings department. At least that's what callers to The Evening Sun's SUNDIAL seem to suggest.Our "It's Your Call" question yesterday asked readers what they were going to watch tonight on TV at 8 p.m., "The Cosby Show," "The Simpsons" or American League baseball playoffs if a fifth game was necessary between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland A's (the A's swept the series last night, however, eliminating that possibility)
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By John Barry and John Barry,Knight-Ridder Newspapers AJB | March 13, 1992
Now that "The Cosby Show" has taped its final episode, let it be said the show was indeed a good thing, very positive, inspiring, constructive and wholesome ... but ... really, wouldn't a tiny, just barely perceptible streak of perversity, have made it more interesting?Advertising Age asked its readers for piquant themes for "The Cosby Show" and they pounded out:* Mike Tyson, William Kennedy Smith and Clarence Thomas, guest-starring as themselves, gang up on Rudy on the playground during recess and beat her up.* Dr. Huxtable buys a Harley, joins the Hell's Angels, becomes known as "Dr. Death" and terrorizes Doogie Howser.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 20, 1994
"Me and the Boys" wants to be a "My Three Sons" for the 1990s.The premise is identical: A single, middle-class dad who's a widower is trying to raise his three sons with a little help from one of the boys' grandparents.Stand-up comedian Steve Harvey is Steve Tower, the dad in "Me and Boys," and he's not all that different in many ways from Fred MacMurray's Steve Douglas in "My Three Sons." Madge Sinclair plays grandma Mary with the same kind of soft-touch gruffness that William Frawley brought to grandpa Bub O'Casey in the 1960s.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
The University of Baltimore announced Thursday that entertainer Bill Cosby would deliver the school's commencement address. Cosby will speak at the May 21 graduation ceremony. He'll also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree . The ceremony will be at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Cosby is something of a familiar face around Baltimore. Last year, St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore honored Cosby and his wife, Camille, for their $2 million donation toward a community center.
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August 21, 1994
* Wendell James Franklin, 78, who worked his way from parking cars in the NBC lot to guiding such talents as Bill Cosby, died of cancer July 22 in Los Angeles. Franklin, who became the first black member of the Directors Guild of America in 1960, was stage manager for live television shows including "The Jerry Lewis Show," "The Nat King Cole Show" and "This Is Your Life." also helped direct "McMillan and Wife," "Green Hornet" and the 1969-71 "Bill Cosby Show." He was assistant director on "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "Funny Girl."
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
In Baltimore in recent months, Bill Cosby's name has been associated more with politics than with comedy, or even Jell-O. In December, he was the marquee attraction at a $4,000-a-plate dinner to benefit Baltimore mayoral candidate Otis Rolley. But this Saturday, Cosby will be back to covering more familiar ground in a performance at Pier Six Pavilion, his first local appearance since the political fundraiser. Reluctant to discuss his endorsement, the comedic actor said there won't be politics at the show.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2011
In one corner of town, there was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, throwing a cocktail party at the Hippodrome Theatre. And in the other, challenger Otis Rolley III was making his political debut arm-in-arm with Bill Cosby, who had come to town solely to support the former planning director in his bid for mayor. Just blocks away from each other, in equally opulent settings, the title-holder and a top contender went head-to-head Tuesday night in the first serious battle of cash and clout of the mayoral campaign.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | November 17, 2008
My marching orders here are to tell readers what I think is best on this night's TV, and that is not always the shows that are new. If you are into this cycle of Dancing with the Stars, it is without a doubt the best of the new-show viewing tonight. However, rather than direct you to new episodes of CBS sitcoms that I hate like Two and a Half Men, let me suggest doing something I occasionally do when I find myself starting to get irritated by the lack of originality in the current crop of sitcoms.
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By From staff and Los Angeles Times reports | July 13, 2003
Long & Foster sales set a record in June of $4.6 billion Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. said last week that sales in June reached an all-time company record of $4.6 billion. The previous record month was May's $4.4 billion in sales. The top three Baltimore-area offices: Annapolis ($48 million); Howard County at Waverly Woods ($45 million); and Columbia ($33 million). Coldwell Banker adds utility concierge service Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has added a moving service designed to provide consumers with prices of utility services in their area.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 12, 2000
For 15 years, no television season could be said to have truly arrived until NBC's self-styled "Must-See" Thursday night lineup was in place, with blockbuster hits from "The Cosby Show" to "Friends" returning for another year atop the Nielsen ratings. Most viewers are just looking forward to new episodes of their favorite series. They might not even notice the larger story on NBC - "Will & Grace," a sitcom with a leading character who is gay, is moving into the most prestigious spot on network television, Thursday nights at 9, in the tradition of "Cheers," "Frasier" and "Seinfeld."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 25, 1999
Jill has a great job offer in Indiana, and Tim is leaving his cable show, "Tool Time," over what the TV industry likes to call "philosophical differences." Will the Taylors really leave their home in Detroit and Wilson and Al and all their other friends?That's the premise of tonight's 90-minute series finale, as "Home Improvement" signs off after eight years near the top of the Nielsen ratings with one of the most successful runs in sitcom history. As flimsy as the finale seems at times -- Tim (Tim Allen)
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By Michael Hill | October 31, 1990
One thing you can say about the Bart-vs.-Bill tussle on Thursday nights, it's a lot more interesting than the Buster Douglas-Evander Holyfield heavyweight fight. After all, it's going into Round Four tomorrow night and neither show has come close to landing a knockout punch.And that's just Round Four of the first-run fight between "The Cosby Show" and "The Simpsons." There were several heated preliminary skirmishes. The first one came last August when Fox initially moved "The Simpsons" to Thursday and the win clearly went to "The Cosby Show."
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By Michael Hill | June 21, 1991
Dawnn Lewis says that it took Bart, Homer and the rest of the Simpson clan to get her show the respect it deserved for years.Lewis plays Jaleesa Vinson on NBC's "A Different World," a comedy that could have been titled "The Lisa Bonet Show" when started in 1987.The Carsey-Werner production company basically strong-armed the network into making a spinoff of "The Cosby Show" and putting it in the half hour following that runaway hit.Bonet's character of Denise Huxtable, a daughter from "The Cosby Show," was sent away to her Dad's alma mater, the predominately black Hillman College, where she found a new bunch of co-stars.
NEWS
May 6, 1998
THE SUCCESS of "Seinfeld," or any show on the small screen, is fairly simple, in theory at least, and can be described by one word.Character.As Sun television critic David Zurawik pointed outin an analysis of the show, only four situation comedies have topped the Nielsen ratings for at least four seasons: "I Love Lucy" in the '50s, "All in the Family" in the '70s, "The Cosby Show" in the '80s and "Seinfeld" in the '90s.All had a core "family" of strong, distinct personality types. Most important, the characters were appealing even if achingly peculiar.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 27, 1997
The end of "Seinfeld" means more than just the loss of a great sitcom for NBC.It marks the end of a brilliant programming strategy -- forged in the early 1980s by NBC's programming director Brandon Tartikoff and his boss, NBC chairman Grant Tinker -- that made NBC billions of dollars as America's favorite prime-time network.NBC has been riding that train for more than a decade, with "Seinfeld" as its engine since 1993. But, with Jerry Seinfeld's decision this week to end the series come May, it looks as if that era of golden comedy programming and ratings dominance could be coming to end."
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