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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 20, 1996
TV dramas don't get much better than tonight's "NYPD Blue" repeat."Lori Line Live!" (1 p.m.-2 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Pianist Lori Line and her 12-member Pop Chamber Orchestra, featuring such diverse instruments as acoustic guitar, saxophone, mandolin and African percussion, entertain as part of MPT's August membership drive."
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By Lorena Blas | March 1, 2005
As NYPD Blue fades to black with tonight's episode, we take a fond look back at the revolving door of characters who passed through the 15th Precinct during the show's 12-year run. They came, they loved, they fought crime, they drank too much, they bared their bottoms and - with the exception of mainstay Dennis Franz, who played Detective Andy Sipowicz - they eventually left the show. Here's where some of the Blue's crew ended up. David Caruso (1993-1994) The first season of Blue propelled Caruso into superstardom.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 27, 1996
There's nothing wrong with "American Buffalo" that a little energy wouldn't have cured. The movie version of the famed David Mamet play turns out to be a glum and dour meander through the slums of the American imagination.We're in what has so lately become a familiar neighborhood: small-time crime and the non-Rhodes Scholars who commit it and, more importantly, see it as a lifestyle. The geniuses-not at the center (and the edges and on top and below and every other conceivable location) of "American Buffalo" are pawnshop owner Don (Dennis Franz)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 17, 1998
PASADENA, Calif. -- Can Rick (a k a Ricky) Schroder make the journey in viewers' minds from child star in "Silver Spoons" to adult detective on the mean streets of "NYPD Blue"?That's the question that was asked a dozen different ways here this week as Schroder -- accompanied by producers Steven Bochco and David Milch, as well as co-star Dennis Franz -- met with television critics in Step 1 of their sales campaign for the new Rick Schroder. He takes Jimmy Smits' place on the show this fall.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 17, 1998
PASADENA, Calif. -- Can Rick (a k a Ricky) Schroder make the journey in viewers' minds from child star in "Silver Spoons" to adult detective on the mean streets of "NYPD Blue"?That's the question that was asked a dozen different ways here this week as Schroder -- accompanied by producers Steven Bochco and David Milch, as well as co-star Dennis Franz -- met with television critics in Step 1 of their sales campaign for the new Rick Schroder. He takes Jimmy Smits' place on the show this fall.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 2, 1997
Three repeats offer viewers tonight the chance to relive some of the finest moments from May sweeps one from each of the past three years."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) repeats May's tribute to "Citizen Kane," in which Paul's Uncle Marty (Shecky Greene) dies while being interviewed for the family documentary, but not before uttering some cryptic final words that no one can quite figure out. Other guests include Fred DeCordova, as Hugh Moss, a former business associate of Paul's father, and the great Sid Caesar as Uncle Harold, who thinks he has the answer.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 14, 1994
Tonight marks the premiere of "All-American Girl," which, in a lackluster crop of new sitcoms, is the one with the most sparkle. It's also the night in which NBC presents a new movie co-produced by and starring Dennis Franz, and doubtlessly will benefit from his recent Emmy win as best actor in a drama series.* "Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- This fact-based made-for-tv movie begins with a murder, followed by an inquisitive Dennis Franz stepping on the gas to chase after the sirens and dust of a passing ambulance and squad car. The latest in a long line of dramas in which Mr. Franz plays a cop?
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 5, 1994
This is the day: the day Arnold Shapiro, the defense attorney for O. J. Simpson, is expected to enter a motion to suppress certain evidence in the case, evidence which may or may not be vital to the prosecution's case. Coverage of the day's preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin at noon, with Court TV, CNN and, most likely, all of the major networks in attendance.* "Sister, Sister" (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- "The Parent Trap" redux: In this first-run episode, the twins try to get their respective guardians to fall in love.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1995
Say goodbye to the sheriff's office in Sparta, Ga., as the CBS series "In the Heat of the Night" concludes a seven-season run with a movie-length episode that pays no attention to the farewell occasion.* "TV Laughs at Life Hosted by Brett Butler" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- You may be thinking: Didn't we just see this over the weekend? No, that was a clip-collection show about TV families that aired Saturday on NBC. In this one, the star of "Grace Under Fire" presents vintage footage about life's major events as experienced by sitcom clans.
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By Lorena Blas | March 1, 2005
As NYPD Blue fades to black with tonight's episode, we take a fond look back at the revolving door of characters who passed through the 15th Precinct during the show's 12-year run. They came, they loved, they fought crime, they drank too much, they bared their bottoms and - with the exception of mainstay Dennis Franz, who played Detective Andy Sipowicz - they eventually left the show. Here's where some of the Blue's crew ended up. David Caruso (1993-1994) The first season of Blue propelled Caruso into superstardom.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 15, 1997
He avenges the death of a poor Catholic girl who was raped and killed while she was saying the rosary.He sends mob bosses to prison for life when others would let them cut a deal and cop a plea.He exposes bid-riggers, bribe-takers and crooked defense attorneys bing, bang, boom.He tells a gorgeous lady cop in a clingy sweater and leather shoulder holster, "Not tonight, I've got to be up early tomorrow." And the early hour is to take his troubled, 11-year-old nephew fishing.And, somehow, he also finds time to run the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 2, 1997
Three repeats offer viewers tonight the chance to relive some of the finest moments from May sweeps one from each of the past three years."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) repeats May's tribute to "Citizen Kane," in which Paul's Uncle Marty (Shecky Greene) dies while being interviewed for the family documentary, but not before uttering some cryptic final words that no one can quite figure out. Other guests include Fred DeCordova, as Hugh Moss, a former business associate of Paul's father, and the great Sid Caesar as Uncle Harold, who thinks he has the answer.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1997
For those who haven't been able to watch a Jim Carrey movie since suffering through "The Cable Guy," Fox offers a reminder of how funny he can be."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The birth of Baby Buchman draws ever nearer, so Paul and Jamie grow ever more frantic. Tonight, the goal is to impress their birthing class instructor, played by Marsha Warfield of "Night Court." Meanwhile, why are Paul's mother and sister so reluctant to sign a release for the "Buchman" documentary?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 27, 1996
There's nothing wrong with "American Buffalo" that a little energy wouldn't have cured. The movie version of the famed David Mamet play turns out to be a glum and dour meander through the slums of the American imagination.We're in what has so lately become a familiar neighborhood: small-time crime and the non-Rhodes Scholars who commit it and, more importantly, see it as a lifestyle. The geniuses-not at the center (and the edges and on top and below and every other conceivable location) of "American Buffalo" are pawnshop owner Don (Dennis Franz)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 20, 1996
TV dramas don't get much better than tonight's "NYPD Blue" repeat."Lori Line Live!" (1 p.m.-2 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Pianist Lori Line and her 12-member Pop Chamber Orchestra, featuring such diverse instruments as acoustic guitar, saxophone, mandolin and African percussion, entertain as part of MPT's August membership drive."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
Not much on the tube tonight, as the networks -- and the world -- await the Olympics onslaught beginning with Friday's opening ceremonies. Since you'll be glued to your sets for every Olympic moment, maybe this is a good night to read a book, talk to your spouse, clean up the basement, something like that. But if you must watch TV"3rd Rock From the Sun" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The aliens try to understand human skin-care products. Maybe they'll be able to figure out one of the great riddles of the world, whether it's "Oil of O-lay" or "Oil of U-lay."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
Not much on the tube tonight, as the networks -- and the world -- await the Olympics onslaught beginning with Friday's opening ceremonies. Since you'll be glued to your sets for every Olympic moment, maybe this is a good night to read a book, talk to your spouse, clean up the basement, something like that. But if you must watch TV"3rd Rock From the Sun" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The aliens try to understand human skin-care products. Maybe they'll be able to figure out one of the great riddles of the world, whether it's "Oil of O-lay" or "Oil of U-lay."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1996
Just how toddlin' a town is Chicago? NBC offers some hints."Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- So, who's the perfect man for Roseanne's mom, Bev (Estelle Parsons)? Would you believe Tony Curtis? ABC."Forces of Nature" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the mood for an hour's worth of bad weather stories? Wanna feel lucky the worst you've ever had to endure was a heavy rainstorm? Patrick VanHorn, host of "Day and Date," narrates this look at particularly nasty tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes and other examples of Mother Nature in a bad mood.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1996
Just how toddlin' a town is Chicago? NBC offers some hints."Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- So, who's the perfect man for Roseanne's mom, Bev (Estelle Parsons)? Would you believe Tony Curtis? ABC."Forces of Nature" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the mood for an hour's worth of bad weather stories? Wanna feel lucky the worst you've ever had to endure was a heavy rainstorm? Patrick VanHorn, host of "Day and Date," narrates this look at particularly nasty tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes and other examples of Mother Nature in a bad mood.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1995
Say goodbye to the sheriff's office in Sparta, Ga., as the CBS series "In the Heat of the Night" concludes a seven-season run with a movie-length episode that pays no attention to the farewell occasion.* "TV Laughs at Life Hosted by Brett Butler" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- You may be thinking: Didn't we just see this over the weekend? No, that was a clip-collection show about TV families that aired Saturday on NBC. In this one, the star of "Grace Under Fire" presents vintage footage about life's major events as experienced by sitcom clans.
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