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By Susan Stewart and Susan Stewart,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 1, 1992
In the Disney movie "Dayo" (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC, Channel 2), Delta Burke is the hard-working but frustrated daughter of Fred Dalton Thompson, who ignores her in favor of worthless son Tony. Despite Ms. Burke's happy marriage (to "Days of Our Lives" star Charles Shaughnessy), stress causes her imaginary childhood friend to enter her life.When a movie takes this long to explain, it is not because it has a catchy plot. Or anything else. "Dayo" takes forever to make an obvious point, and gets there on the wings of dull flashbacks, cloying symbolism and dialogue that failed the Stewart Sleep Test.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 15, 2000
A dramatic weekend standoff over the fate of NBC's "Friends" ended happily for fans yesterday as stars of the hit sitcom agreed to a deal that will keep the series on the air for two more years. Each of the six stars -- Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow -- will receive about $750,000 per episode for the 48 episodes ordered by NBC. The actors had been asking $1 million per episode each and threatening not to return next fall if they didn't get it. With the network set to unveil its fall schedule to advertisers in New York today, Scott Sassa, NBC's West Coast president, said he'd had enough of the actors' threats and issued an ultimatum late Friday telling Warner Brothers, the production company that makes "Friends," to have the stars signed by noon Sunday or face cancellation.
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By John Carman and John Carman,San Francisco Chronicle | July 16, 1992
Delta Burke can spare us the awkwardness and describe her own image in the press: "Nut bitch," she says.Ms. Burke bounced, or got bounced, out of "Designing Women" after public squabbles with her producers. Nowadays she says she's on speaking terms only with Meshach Taylor and Jean Smart among her former colleagues.TV Guide recently profiled her as a modern showbiz incarnation of Lucrezia Borgia. Her husband, Gerald McRaney, fared no better.And besides, let's face it, she's fat. A PBS show recently spoofed her as a Godzilla-type monster, devouring buildings as she ballooned and galumphed through city streets.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 13, 2000
NBC, which appears headed for a third-place finish this season, is nevertheless sticking with its long-time formula -- a lineup dominated by familiar faces in sophisticated sitcoms. When the Peacock announces its fall schedule on Monday, it will feature four new comedies starring Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), Katey Sagal ("Married ... With Children"), Steven Weber ("Wings"), Delta Burke ("Designing Women") and David Alan Grier. By the end of next week, all six networks will have announced their fall schedules, and started selling advertising time for the 2000-2001 season.
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By Greg Dawson and Greg Dawson,Orlando Sentinel | November 14, 1990
At the start of tonight's "Barbara Walters Special" (10 o'clock, Channel 13--WJZ), Walters portentously announces that "Designing Women" star Delta Burke "breaks her silence" on a number of weighty issues.Burke has been called many things by her harshest critics, who also happen to be her producers and one of her co-stars, but "silent" is not one of them.In fact, it has been the refusal of the former Miss Florida to be either quiescent or acquiescent that has embroiled her in the nastiest war of words this side of the Persian Gulf.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 2, 1995
A review in yesterday's Today section incorrectly said that actor Jimmy Stewart was dead. Mr. Stewart is alive.The Sun regrets the error."My maid is black, my daughter's adopted, my brother's retarded. And I myself am five times married, fat, not zaftig, big-mouthed, Southern and rich."That is Congresswoman Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) describing herself in a speech she makes before the House of Representatives in the premiere of "Women of the House," Wednesday at 8 on WJZ (Channel 13)
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By Orlando Sentinel | August 8, 1991
Saying she is "not stupid enough to be vindictive," "Designing Women" producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason vowed Tuesday to reconsider a season-opening script replete with jabs at Suzanne Sugarbaker, the character played by Delta Burke, who left the show after a power struggle with the producers.A handful of TV critics who attended the filming of the episode last week in Hollywood came away with the impression that Ms. Bloodworth-Thomason, who wrote the script, was trying to pour salt on Ms. Burke's wound.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | September 15, 1992
Part Elizabeth Taylor and part Minnie Pearl, Delta Burke is one dTC of TV's most intriguing presences.How does she look? How blond is her hair? Can she sing? Does she seem unhappy? How does she feel about "Designing Women" and what happened to her on that show? How's her weight?The questions have been flying since May when ABC announced that Burke was going to star in a sitcom this fall about a hairstylist in the South who leaves her husband and goes off to Nashville to chase her dream of becoming a country and western singer.
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By Susan Stewart and Susan Stewart,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 1, 1992
In the Disney movie "Dayo" (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC, Channel 2), Delta Burke is the hard-working but frustrated daughter of Fred Dalton Thompson, who ignores her in favor of worthless son Tony. Despite Ms. Burke's happy marriage (to "Days of Our Lives" star Charles Shaughnessy), stress causes her imaginary childhood friend to enter her life.When a movie takes this long to explain, it is not because it has a catchy plot. Or anything else. "Dayo" takes forever to make an obvious point, and gets there on the wings of dull flashbacks, cloying symbolism and dialogue that failed the Stewart Sleep Test.
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By Annetta Miller and Annetta Miller,Special to The Sun | July 27, 1995
Forget Ralph Lauren and Liz Claiborne.On Main Street U.S.A., the most lucrative names in retailing these days read as much like TV Guide as Women's Wear Daily.Borrowing from the success of Jaclyn Smith, whose clothing line has been a $150 million godsend to an otherwise beleaguered Kmart Corp., celebrities like Kathie Lee Gifford, Connie Sellecca, Delta Burke and Kathy Ireland are generating big bucks rolling out inexpensive fashion for Everywoman."It's the fast food of clothing," says retail consultant Alan Millstein, "not world-class, but you can sell lots of it."
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 26, 1996
Celebrities are helping to raise the profile of large-size women. Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne, Linda Ronstadt, Kathy Bates and Wynonna have changed the way we think about glamour.Former talk-show host Carnie Wilson hopes to do more and start her own clothing line:"I want to reach the people who shop at Wal-Mart. [The fashion industry] is in such denial. It's like giving heroin to an addict. 'If we give you fat sizes, you're going to stay fat!' "Delta Burke (who played Suzanne Sugarbaker on "Designing Women")
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By Annetta Miller and Annetta Miller,Special to The Sun | July 27, 1995
Forget Ralph Lauren and Liz Claiborne.On Main Street U.S.A., the most lucrative names in retailing these days read as much like TV Guide as Women's Wear Daily.Borrowing from the success of Jaclyn Smith, whose clothing line has been a $150 million godsend to an otherwise beleaguered Kmart Corp., celebrities like Kathie Lee Gifford, Connie Sellecca, Delta Burke and Kathy Ireland are generating big bucks rolling out inexpensive fashion for Everywoman."It's the fast food of clothing," says retail consultant Alan Millstein, "not world-class, but you can sell lots of it."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 2, 1995
A review in yesterday's Today section incorrectly said that actor Jimmy Stewart was dead. Mr. Stewart is alive.The Sun regrets the error."My maid is black, my daughter's adopted, my brother's retarded. And I myself am five times married, fat, not zaftig, big-mouthed, Southern and rich."That is Congresswoman Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) describing herself in a speech she makes before the House of Representatives in the premiere of "Women of the House," Wednesday at 8 on WJZ (Channel 13)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | September 15, 1992
Part Elizabeth Taylor and part Minnie Pearl, Delta Burke is one dTC of TV's most intriguing presences.How does she look? How blond is her hair? Can she sing? Does she seem unhappy? How does she feel about "Designing Women" and what happened to her on that show? How's her weight?The questions have been flying since May when ABC announced that Burke was going to star in a sitcom this fall about a hairstylist in the South who leaves her husband and goes off to Nashville to chase her dream of becoming a country and western singer.
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By John Carman and John Carman,San Francisco Chronicle | July 16, 1992
Delta Burke can spare us the awkwardness and describe her own image in the press: "Nut bitch," she says.Ms. Burke bounced, or got bounced, out of "Designing Women" after public squabbles with her producers. Nowadays she says she's on speaking terms only with Meshach Taylor and Jean Smart among her former colleagues.TV Guide recently profiled her as a modern showbiz incarnation of Lucrezia Borgia. Her husband, Gerald McRaney, fared no better.And besides, let's face it, she's fat. A PBS show recently spoofed her as a Godzilla-type monster, devouring buildings as she ballooned and galumphed through city streets.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | May 12, 1992
"Homefront," "Civil Wars" and George Lucas' "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" made it. '"Baby Talk," "Pros and Cons," "Anything But Love" and "Capitol Critters" got axed. And Delta Burke is coming back to prime time.ABC announced its fall schedule late yesterday, adding seven new series and canceling eight. And the network that finished last in ratings but first in earnings is sticking with niche programming targeted at young viewers -- the group advertisers most want to reach. Demographics remains the name of the game at ABC."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 15, 2000
A dramatic weekend standoff over the fate of NBC's "Friends" ended happily for fans yesterday as stars of the hit sitcom agreed to a deal that will keep the series on the air for two more years. Each of the six stars -- Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow -- will receive about $750,000 per episode for the 48 episodes ordered by NBC. The actors had been asking $1 million per episode each and threatening not to return next fall if they didn't get it. With the network set to unveil its fall schedule to advertisers in New York today, Scott Sassa, NBC's West Coast president, said he'd had enough of the actors' threats and issued an ultimatum late Friday telling Warner Brothers, the production company that makes "Friends," to have the stars signed by noon Sunday or face cancellation.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 26, 1996
Celebrities are helping to raise the profile of large-size women. Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne, Linda Ronstadt, Kathy Bates and Wynonna have changed the way we think about glamour.Former talk-show host Carnie Wilson hopes to do more and start her own clothing line:"I want to reach the people who shop at Wal-Mart. [The fashion industry] is in such denial. It's like giving heroin to an addict. 'If we give you fat sizes, you're going to stay fat!' "Delta Burke (who played Suzanne Sugarbaker on "Designing Women")
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By Susan Stewart and Susan Stewart,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 1, 1992
In the Disney movie "Dayo" (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC, Channel 2), Delta Burke is the hard-working but frustrated daughter of Fred Dalton Thompson, who ignores her in favor of worthless son Tony. Despite Ms. Burke's happy marriage (to "Days of Our Lives" star Charles Shaughnessy), stress causes her imaginary childhood friend to enter her life.When a movie takes this long to explain, it is not because it has a catchy plot. Or anything else. "Dayo" takes forever to make an obvious point, and gets there on the wings of dull flashbacks, cloying symbolism and dialogue that failed the Stewart Sleep Test.
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