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February 23, 2006
Andreas Katsulas, 59, a veteran character actor immortalized as imposing red-eyed alien ambassador G'Kar on television's Babylon 5 and a one-armed murderer in the 1993 film The Fugitive, died of lung cancer Feb. 13 at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Katsulas cemented his status as the actor to go to for villainous characters with his turn as mobster Joey Venza in Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me in 1987. He donned a prosthetic device in The Fugitive to portray the murderous one-armed Frederick Sykes, who frames Harrison Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble in the death of Kimble's wife.
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February 23, 2006
Andreas Katsulas, 59, a veteran character actor immortalized as imposing red-eyed alien ambassador G'Kar on television's Babylon 5 and a one-armed murderer in the 1993 film The Fugitive, died of lung cancer Feb. 13 at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Katsulas cemented his status as the actor to go to for villainous characters with his turn as mobster Joey Venza in Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me in 1987. He donned a prosthetic device in The Fugitive to portray the murderous one-armed Frederick Sykes, who frames Harrison Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble in the death of Kimble's wife.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 28, 1994
It may get a little confusing for television viewers, but relief is on the way for Baltimore area fans of Dick Van Dyke's "Diagnosis Murder," Judith Ivey's "The Five Mrs. Buchanans," Annie Potts' "Love and War" and Markie Post's "Hearts Afire."These four CBS shows, which have been pre-empted by WBAL (Channel 11), Baltimore's CBS affiliate, will air on WJZ (Channel 13), the local ABC affiliate, starting Nov. 5."I'm pleased that we were able to work this arrangement out with ABC and CBS for the benefit of our viewers," said WJZ General Manager Marcellus Alexander.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2001
Having previously diagnosed historical figures ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Beethoven, medical sleuths yesterday took up the case of a Roman emperor who was done in by his wife's lust for power. Students of history and literature know that Claudius, who died in A.D. 54, was murdered by his wife who served up a meal of poisonous mushrooms. Yesterday, Dr. William A. Valente of the University of Maryland School of Medicine said the emperor must have eaten mushrooms that contained muscarine - a deadly toxin that attacks the nervous system.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 6, 1995
"The X-Files." "Homicide: Life on the Street." "Picket Fences." Who can complain?* "Diagnosis Murder." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the 1989 horror film "Fright Night Part II," Julie Carmen played a beautiful woman suspected of being a vampire. On tonight's "Diagnosis Murder," a series of male bodies drained of blood leads Dick Van Dyke's Dr. Sloan to suspect something, and someone, supernatural. Is it purely coincidental that the featured guest star is Ms. Carmen? CBS.* "The X-Files."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 30, 1994
September is over after tonight -- which means that all but a few of the fall premieres are behind us, and a fresh roster of new movie premieres on cable, including "The Fugitive," is just ahead of us.* "Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 9) -- All those cast members who quit "Saturday Night Live" over the summer should be required to watch tonight's "Diagnosis Murder," to catch the woman playing the mistress of the murder victim. She's Victoria Jackson, who left "SNL" a few seasons ago seeking bigger and better opportunities -- and found this.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 9, 1994
Friday, 8 p.m., "Diagnosis Murder," starring Dick Van Dyke. Dr. Sloan investigates the murder of a comedy writer in New Rochelle. The writer is killed after tripping over an ottoman in his living room. The chief suspect is the writer's wife, described by neighbors as an unfailingly perky woman usually seen wearing Capri pants. But the wife had a secret: She was planning to leave New Rochelle for a TV news job in Minneapolis.You missed that episode, didn't you? Baltimore's CBS affiliate, WBAL-TV, instead shows "Baywatch" on Fridays at 8.And then there was: Saturday, 9:30 p.m., "Hearts Afire," starring John Ritter and Markie Post.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1996
As a public service, for those of you anxious to watch the suspense-filled GOP convention, the networks have scheduled nothing worth watching on prime time tonight."
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January 8, 1998
On A&E tonight, historians use modern science to try to figure out what really happened in a remote corner of southeastern Montana, June 25-26, 1876."The New Explorers: Betrayal at Little Big Horn" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m.) offers insights into George Armstrong Custer's last stand. Bill Kurtis looks at the issue of whether nearby troops could have come to the aid of the cavalrymen who died. The use of advanced scientific techniques and a meticulously accurate re-enactment sheds new light on the flow of the battle.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 28, 1995
More sweeps tactics are on display on CBS, while cable's Discovery Channel takes a sweeping look at the dramatic U.S. evacuation of Saigon, which occurred 20 years ago today.* "Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sweeps ploy #1: The network's nighttime series aren't doing so hot but "The Young and the Restless" is number one among daytime soaps. Thus, members of that cast do a night shift in this show, including Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell, Melody Thomas Scott and Doug Davidson.
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January 8, 1998
On A&E tonight, historians use modern science to try to figure out what really happened in a remote corner of southeastern Montana, June 25-26, 1876."The New Explorers: Betrayal at Little Big Horn" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m.) offers insights into George Armstrong Custer's last stand. Bill Kurtis looks at the issue of whether nearby troops could have come to the aid of the cavalrymen who died. The use of advanced scientific techniques and a meticulously accurate re-enactment sheds new light on the flow of the battle.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | December 4, 1997
One of Hollywood's most interminable and undecipherable ego trips airs on TNT tonight.Hot off his major success with "The Deer Hunter," director Michael Cimino was given carte blanche to bring to the screen his dream project, a dramatization of the 1890s Johnson County War between homesteaders and land barons in Wyoming. The result, "Heaven's Gate" (11 p.m.-3: 30 a.m.), was a $35 million mess that nearly destroyed a movie studio, United Artists, which ended up being bought and merged with MGM (for a fascinating account of the whole debacle, read Steven Bach's 1985 "Final Cut")
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1997
All you who figured Hercules' marriage to a half-woman, half-deer would never last ... looks like you were right. Check out WNUV tonight."Unforgiven" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- ABC's decision to plaster sweeps month with all sorts of big-time movies (the better to compete, when your series lineup is so weak) marches on. Clint Eastwood's take on the downside of notoriety became, in 1992, only the third western to win the Best Picture Oscar (of the other two, you've probably seen one, "Dances With Wolves," but probably never even heard of the other, "Cimarron")
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1997
Tea Leoni and "The Naked Truth" return, this time on NBC. Celebrate at your leisure."Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The degeneration of Rachel and Ross' relationship continues. Sob. NBC."Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dr. Sloan's mentor, who disappeared some three decades back, turns up inside a hospital wall. It's up to the Doc to find out what happened. CBS."Murder One" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Poor Rickey Latrell, the basketball star on trial for murder: Turns out he's not the saint his image makes him out to be, turns out his wife has her own skeleton in the closet, and it turns out his agent may, in fact, be the bad guy. Tough case.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1996
The trials continue on "Murder One," still one of the best dramas on TV."Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Monica (Courteney Cox) buys a new bed; Ross (David Schwimmer) has to suffer through dinner with Rachel's overbearing father (Ron Liebman); and Joey (Matt Le- Blanc) is teaching a soap opera class. What a pile of predicaments. NBC."Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- There's a bus accident, and this guy dies. Only Dr. Sloan doesn't think it was an accident; he thinks one of the passengers killed him. Good thing: All the passengers are sitting in the emergency room, which makes it easy to question suspects.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1996
ABC and CBS newsmagazines are the cream of the crop among tonight's prime-time offerings (unless you're a baseball fan and wish to join your fellow Baltimoreans in wishing the worst on the hated Yankees)."Me and My Hormones" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Melissa Gilbert makes her directorial debut with this "Afterschool Special" about a family undergoing some changes: Sis is having her first period, mom is undergoing menopause and grandma is moving into a retirement home. Cute, if not exactly insightful; then again, its aim is simply to give y'all something to talk about.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1996
The trials continue on "Murder One," still one of the best dramas on TV."Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Monica (Courteney Cox) buys a new bed; Ross (David Schwimmer) has to suffer through dinner with Rachel's overbearing father (Ron Liebman); and Joey (Matt Le- Blanc) is teaching a soap opera class. What a pile of predicaments. NBC."Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- There's a bus accident, and this guy dies. Only Dr. Sloan doesn't think it was an accident; he thinks one of the passengers killed him. Good thing: All the passengers are sitting in the emergency room, which makes it easy to question suspects.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | June 23, 1995
Television is not often a place to find poetry, but a new PBS series from public television's uncommonly literate Bill Moyers takes a look at the thriving art form.* "Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ah, summer -- the heat, the humidity, the howl of vampires. Excuse me? That's what happens when seasonal shows get repeated in June. Tonight's Halloween episode features Sir Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) quivering in a haunted castle. ABC.* "Tales From the Crypt" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1996
It's the highlight of the Democratic convention tonight, as the roll call of the states should finally reveal the party's nominee for president. Network coverage begins at 10 p.m. Oh, the suspense"Seinfeld" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Kramer invents a bra for men. So what would you call it?"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Who woulda thought Martha Stewart would be the best thing about a sitcom? Ellen decides to prove to everyone she can be host of a dinner party, then is mortified to find one of her guests is bringing Martha along.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1996
As a public service, for those of you anxious to watch the suspense-filled GOP convention, the networks have scheduled nothing worth watching on prime time tonight."
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