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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 13, 1998
What a sorry ending.A year ago, after both the lead character and star came out as lesbians in a smart and funny season finale, it felt like a privilege to write about "Ellen." This was the stuff of television history -- media as sociology with a capital "S."Tonight, "Ellen" becomes history with its final episode, and my feelings are somewhere between deep disappointment and anger at Ellen DeGeneres and her show, "Ellen."Much of that feeling comes from just having seen the finale, a one-hour special titled "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute."
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April 16, 2013
A year prior to our daughter's graduation from Tulane University, Ellen DeGeneres spoke during the ceremony, followed by Anderson Cooper, who delivered the commencement address. It was a pleasure to be a member of the audience of this widely respected journalist. We would have been appalled and angry if either of these speakers had been excluded or pressured to relinquish their role based on their outspoken personal beliefs, sexual orientation or alternative lifestyle ("Hopkins looking for replacement for Carson," April 12)
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1997
One question troubling Hollywood these days is whether the comely 27-year-old actress Anne Heche has ruined her career by revealing herself publicly to be homosexual. Now that it is known she prefers women to men for her partners in love (or at least one woman), will some connection to her audience be broken, an essential chemistry or fantasy quotient irreversibly dimmed?Heche is the partner of Ellen DeGeneres, that Promethean lesbian now unbound and glowing on the heights of network television.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
Baltimore's famous streaker Mark Harvey received a surprise shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday when she shared the Severn resident's antics with her audience. This isn't the first time DeGeneres has mentioned Harvey on her show. In April, after he streaked at Camden Yards on the Orioles' Opening Day, DeGeneres sent him a cape and underwear. "I thought that was the last I'd ever hear of him," DeGeneres told her audience. Then she showed a clip of Harvey running on the field at the Ravens game Sunday night donning the ensemble.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
After drawing national attention for his attempt to muzzle a football player who supported gay rights, a Maryland delegate walked back his position Sunday and said Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo should be allowed to speak out in favor of same-sex marriage. "Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights," Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a telephone interview. "And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1994
Los Angeles -- "Hi. Nice to meet you," says Ellen DeGeneres to a reporter visiting her in Los Angeles. "But I've got to leave."She walks out of the public relations office. The stunned reporter did, after all, have to fly 3,000 miles and sit through a Michael J. Fox in-flight movie. All that for no interview, no nothing.Then, Ms. DeGeneres looks back and cracks open a six-pack of a smile. Ellen DeGeneres is not leaving.She has just arrived.Ms. DeGeneres is becoming a household face -- if not name.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
The choice was not between Batman and Superman. It wasn't even between the Caped Crusader and an X-person. No, it wasn't a superhero-superhero fight. Bruce Wayne's alterego just barely beat out a daytime TV talkshow host. It was either Batman undies or Ellen Degeneres-themed briefs, said Mark Harvey, the truck driver who ran out onto the field during the Orioles' opening home game. The 26-year-old Severn man originally planned to wear "ellen" undershorts for the diamond dash, Harvey said Thursday afternoon.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 3, 1997
That rarest of rarities, a TV series episode that lived up to its hype, gets encored tonight on ABC."The Puppy Episode" of "Ellen" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2), has nothing to do with puppies, and everything to do with being very funny. It's the one where she falls in love with Laura Dern, announces to the world she's gay and is counseled by Oprah Winfrey. Atypically for this show, the writing is sharp, the performances (especially by star Ellen DeGeneres) perfectly tuned, the comedy never forced.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 17, 1996
"Mr. Wrong" checks in somewhere between a bad situation comedy and a good Jim Thompson novel, but unable to chose between them, ends up in the movie desert of Nowheresville.Ellen DeGeneres, trying to re-create the magic of her TV and stand-up appearances, plays Martha, a single 31-year-old professional woman (a TV talent coordinator) who has pretty much given up on waiting for Mr. Right. She's settled into a nexus of comfortable platonic "friendships" with office friends (Ellen Cleghorne is the most amusing; John Livingston the most annoying)
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
Baltimore's famous streaker Mark Harvey received a surprise shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday when she shared the Severn resident's antics with her audience. This isn't the first time DeGeneres has mentioned Harvey on her show. In April, after he streaked at Camden Yards on the Orioles' Opening Day, DeGeneres sent him a cape and underwear. "I thought that was the last I'd ever hear of him," DeGeneres told her audience. Then she showed a clip of Harvey running on the field at the Ravens game Sunday night donning the ensemble.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
After drawing national attention for his attempt to muzzle a football player who supported gay rights, a Maryland delegate walked back his position Sunday and said Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo should be allowed to speak out in favor of same-sex marriage. "Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights," Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a telephone interview. "And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
The choice was not between Batman and Superman. It wasn't even between the Caped Crusader and an X-person. No, it wasn't a superhero-superhero fight. Bruce Wayne's alterego just barely beat out a daytime TV talkshow host. It was either Batman undies or Ellen Degeneres-themed briefs, said Mark Harvey, the truck driver who ran out onto the field during the Orioles' opening home game. The 26-year-old Severn man originally planned to wear "ellen" undershorts for the diamond dash, Harvey said Thursday afternoon.
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Susan Reimer | February 13, 2012
The first family is America's egalitarian version of royalty (if you are too young to remember the sprawling Kennedy clan), and thanks to our People magazine sensibilities, we know as much about their family life and fashion as the Brits do about Kate and William's. For example, the latest news is that 13-year-old Malia Obama is beginning to spread her social wings, and it is giving President Barack Obama hives to see his oldest daughter leave the White House all dolled up for a dance or a party.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
Towson University's students will have a featured spot on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," although what they'll be doing and where they'll be doing it remains a mystery. The show's producers have received permission from Towson to stage an impromptu gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday somewhere on campus, said Gay Pinder, a media relations specialist for the university. Details of what those gathered will be asked to do, as well as where they will be asked to do it, are still being ironed out and will be communicated via Twitter as the time gets closer.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2011
For stations in Baltimore and across the country, Monday is the first day of the post-Oprah Winfrey era. Llike their counterparts nationwide, stations here will be trying new and (allegedly_ improved shows to grab a piece of the huge audience that the queen of daytime television held for 25 years. Baltimore's late-afternoon TV landscape will include a new talk show featuring what syndicators describe as a more personal Anderson Cooper, as well a new time slot for Ellen DeGeneres' "Ellen" at 4 p.m weekdays on WBAL — Winfrey's old Baltimore home.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 26, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Ellen DeGeneres says she learned something about television viewers from her last sitcom experience and that, as a result, she doesn't want her new show to be about social issues the way the landmark Ellen was. "It's very hard to do a sitcom about very important political issues," DeGeneres said during a press conference yesterday to promote The Ellen Show, her CBS series that premieres Sept. 17. "I don't think people want to see that. They want to just laugh, and I understand that now. This time, it's all about being funny," she said.
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April 16, 2013
A year prior to our daughter's graduation from Tulane University, Ellen DeGeneres spoke during the ceremony, followed by Anderson Cooper, who delivered the commencement address. It was a pleasure to be a member of the audience of this widely respected journalist. We would have been appalled and angry if either of these speakers had been excluded or pressured to relinquish their role based on their outspoken personal beliefs, sexual orientation or alternative lifestyle ("Hopkins looking for replacement for Carson," April 12)
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By Los Angeles Times | January 27, 1997
ABC has done an about-face and will keep "Ellen" on the air through March and April, sandwiching the series between "Roseanne" and "Home Improvement" on Tuesday nights.The network previously announced the comedy would go off the air for an eight-week period after February -- a decision that irked the program's star, Ellen DeGeneres.The series will still move from its current time period -- Wednesdays after "The Drew Carey Show" -- to make room for a still-untitled new comedy starring Arsenio Hall.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 13, 1998
What a sorry ending.A year ago, after both the lead character and star came out as lesbians in a smart and funny season finale, it felt like a privilege to write about "Ellen." This was the stuff of television history -- media as sociology with a capital "S."Tonight, "Ellen" becomes history with its final episode, and my feelings are somewhere between deep disappointment and anger at Ellen DeGeneres and her show, "Ellen."Much of that feeling comes from just having seen the finale, a one-hour special titled "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute."
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach | September 3, 1997
That rarest of rarities, a TV series episode that lived up to its hype, gets encored tonight on ABC."The Puppy Episode" of "Ellen" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2), has nothing to do with puppies, and everything to do with being very funny. It's the one where she falls in love with Laura Dern, announces to the world she's gay and is counseled by Oprah Winfrey. Atypically for this show, the writing is sharp, the performances (especially by star Ellen DeGeneres) perfectly tuned, the comedy never forced.
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