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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 15, 1994
There is one bona fide "Best of" claim that CBS can make for its series "Due South" -- Best New Pet.After the success of Eddy (Moose) on "Frasier" last season, there are lots of new family dogs in prime time this fall. But the lead character in "Due South" has a deaf wolf named Diefenbacher as his pet.I love Diefenbacher. But the rest of "Due South," which premieres tonight at 8 (Channel 11), leaves me cold. CBS has tried to come up with ways to make this series sound like a silk purse. They coined the genre description "comedy adventure" for it. They created the thumbnail line, " 'Northern Exposure' in reverse," to try and link it to a hit."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1996
Elvis how that man could eat. Watch Cinemax tonight and be reminded."Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Segments include a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing searching for the men who rescued him. NBC."Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A train carrying Fraser and a bunch of his fellow Mounties is hijacked, and it's Leslie Nielsen to the rescue. CBS."Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- McCoy (Sam Waterston) argues that a man convicted of killing an undercover detective be sentenced to death.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | October 13, 1994
It's a day for changes and surprises. The changes include the return of ABC's "Matlock," which, with its two-hour premiere, has the unfortunate side effect of pre-empting "My So-Called Life." There's also the continued earlier-evening showing of "Chicago Hope" on CBS. The major surprise? An entertaining made-for-TV movie from the USA Network.* "Matlock" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Grampa Simpson will be thrilled: Andy Griffith returns as Matlock, in a two-hour episode that also marks the return of another familiar TV face.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
"Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Series star Paul Gross joins the growing ranks of actors getting done up in drag in the name of art. Mountie Fraser, trying to uncover a rare bottle of Scotch, has to go undercover as a teacher in an all-girls private school. CBS."20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Barbara Walters interviews Robert Shapiro, the original head man of O.J. Simpson's dream team who later had a major falling out with his fellow defense lawyers."Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 15, 1994
It's a very active TV night, with premieres of three new series. The dog days of summertime TV are over.* "ABC Afterschool Special: Boys Will Be Boys" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., Channel 13) -- This show should have been pushed into prime time to reach a greater audience, because it handles its issue, the definition of sexual harassment in the schools, quite capably. Ami Dolenz stars as a high-schooler defamed, and embarrassed, by graffiti and innuendo. ABC.* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 13, 1995
If you had to pick one person to embody the word "droll" -- which itself embodies the British approach to humor -- you could do no better than Leo McKern. He returns to PBS in a new series of "Rumpole of the Bailey" mysteries.* "Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Fraser (Paul Gross) delivers a package to the wrong person, and finds himself mistaken as the recipient's lover -- by her husband, who wants revenge. CBS.* "Living Single" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Khadijah (Queen Latifah)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 8, 1995
Headlining a new sitcom after appearing as a supporting player in the phenomenally successful "Cheers" would be hard enough. But imagine being the second supporting player from "Cheers" to headline a new sitcom, with the added pressure that the guy who blazed the trail before you, Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier," wound up in the most creatively successful sitcom spinoff in TV history. That's the dilemma facing George Wendt tonight as he launches his own CBS sitcom -- one in which, to make it even tougher, he's not playing Norm.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
"Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Series star Paul Gross joins the growing ranks of actors getting done up in drag in the name of art. Mountie Fraser, trying to uncover a rare bottle of Scotch, has to go undercover as a teacher in an all-girls private school. CBS."20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Barbara Walters interviews Robert Shapiro, the original head man of O.J. Simpson's dream team who later had a major falling out with his fellow defense lawyers."Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1996
Elvis how that man could eat. Watch Cinemax tonight and be reminded."Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Segments include a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing searching for the men who rescued him. NBC."Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A train carrying Fraser and a bunch of his fellow Mounties is hijacked, and it's Leslie Nielsen to the rescue. CBS."Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- McCoy (Sam Waterston) argues that a man convicted of killing an undercover detective be sentenced to death.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 29, 1994
Outside of some guest-star stunt casting, there's nothing unusual being offered tonight in prime time by the broadcast networks. However, when the "usual" includes a lot of quality shows, that's no cause for concern.* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- It's been 27 years since Judy Geeson starred opposite Sidney Poitier in "To Sir, With Love" -- and here she is, causing trouble again, as one of the abrasive British neighbors of the Buckmans (Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt). NBC.* "My So-Called Life" (8-9 p.m., Channel 13)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1996
There are an unusually high number of repeats on TV tonight: "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The X-Files," "Family Matters," "Boy Meets World." But there are plenty of good movies airing today, so maybe all those repeats are for the best. Makes one's viewing choices kind of easy.* "Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Here's the only network show tonight that's not a special, repeat or returning series. Fraser (Paul Gross) is accused of causing an accident that destroys a chicken breeder's eggs.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 13, 1995
If you had to pick one person to embody the word "droll" -- which itself embodies the British approach to humor -- you could do no better than Leo McKern. He returns to PBS in a new series of "Rumpole of the Bailey" mysteries.* "Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Fraser (Paul Gross) delivers a package to the wrong person, and finds himself mistaken as the recipient's lover -- by her husband, who wants revenge. CBS.* "Living Single" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Khadijah (Queen Latifah)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 8, 1995
Headlining a new sitcom after appearing as a supporting player in the phenomenally successful "Cheers" would be hard enough. But imagine being the second supporting player from "Cheers" to headline a new sitcom, with the added pressure that the guy who blazed the trail before you, Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier," wound up in the most creatively successful sitcom spinoff in TV history. That's the dilemma facing George Wendt tonight as he launches his own CBS sitcom -- one in which, to make it even tougher, he's not playing Norm.
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By Judith Dunford and Judith Dunford,Newsday | February 7, 1995
Anyone who publishes anything had better be prepared to have it ranked against previous work, his own included. Still, Robert James Waller is an extreme case.In 1992, he loosed upon the world "The Bridges of MadisonCounty," the love story of an itinerant outdoor photographer and an Iowa farm wife. Slim, a mere 171 small-format pages, it was as unlikely a hit as its spiritual predecessor, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull." To the discerning eye, the writing seemed, even at its best, no more than neighborhood workshop level, and the plot a heavy-breathing refugee from Harlequin.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | December 15, 1994
President Clinton delivers a prime-time speech tonight at 9, sliding or shifting the network schedules accordingly -- all but Fox, that is, which probably will enjoy higher ratings for "New York Undercover" as a result. CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN provide live coverage.* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ira has a new girlfriend (Marita Geraghty), which isn't necessarily good news for the fussy Buckmans (Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser). NBC.* "Elvis: The Tribute" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | October 13, 1994
It's a day for changes and surprises. The changes include the return of ABC's "Matlock," which, with its two-hour premiere, has the unfortunate side effect of pre-empting "My So-Called Life." There's also the continued earlier-evening showing of "Chicago Hope" on CBS. The major surprise? An entertaining made-for-TV movie from the USA Network.* "Matlock" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Grampa Simpson will be thrilled: Andy Griffith returns as Matlock, in a two-hour episode that also marks the return of another familiar TV face.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | December 15, 1994
President Clinton delivers a prime-time speech tonight at 9, sliding or shifting the network schedules accordingly -- all but Fox, that is, which probably will enjoy higher ratings for "New York Undercover" as a result. CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN provide live coverage.* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ira has a new girlfriend (Marita Geraghty), which isn't necessarily good news for the fussy Buckmans (Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser). NBC.* "Elvis: The Tribute" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1996
There are an unusually high number of repeats on TV tonight: "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The X-Files," "Family Matters," "Boy Meets World." But there are plenty of good movies airing today, so maybe all those repeats are for the best. Makes one's viewing choices kind of easy.* "Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Here's the only network show tonight that's not a special, repeat or returning series. Fraser (Paul Gross) is accused of causing an accident that destroys a chicken breeder's eggs.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 29, 1994
Outside of some guest-star stunt casting, there's nothing unusual being offered tonight in prime time by the broadcast networks. However, when the "usual" includes a lot of quality shows, that's no cause for concern.* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- It's been 27 years since Judy Geeson starred opposite Sidney Poitier in "To Sir, With Love" -- and here she is, causing trouble again, as one of the abrasive British neighbors of the Buckmans (Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt). NBC.* "My So-Called Life" (8-9 p.m., Channel 13)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 15, 1994
It's a very active TV night, with premieres of three new series. The dog days of summertime TV are over.* "ABC Afterschool Special: Boys Will Be Boys" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., Channel 13) -- This show should have been pushed into prime time to reach a greater audience, because it handles its issue, the definition of sexual harassment in the schools, quite capably. Ami Dolenz stars as a high-schooler defamed, and embarrassed, by graffiti and innuendo. ABC.* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13)
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