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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1996
Federation starship captains Kirk and Janeway are front-and-center on TV tonight."The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The woman with the most irritating voice in the world takes a Caribbean cruise. CBS."The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- William Shatner, high on laughing gas, visits. Wow, Captain Kirk meets the Fresh Prince. The mind reels. NBC."Addams Family Values" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This is nowhere near as good as the series, but it's fun, better than the first movie and includes an inspired Thanksgiving pageant.
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By Annette John-Hall and Annette John-Hall,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 10, 2005
He's fought off aliens, drug lords, the CIA and -- ay! -- robots. Heck, he even brought George Foreman to his knees. Now, in Hitch, his first romantic comedy since he burst onto the small screen as the Fresh Prince, Will Smith finds himself in the battle of the sexes. Smith, the quintessential ladies' man -- who's resplendent with his actress wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the cover of this month's Essence -- plays "date doctor" Alex Hitchens, creating situations to help ordinary guys snag the girls of their dreams.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | September 10, 1990
MUCH LIKE ITS lead actor, Will Smith, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is a diamond in the rough. It drips with potential and could well become the breakout hit that NBC is counting on. But if it's not developed correctly, it might be this year's version of "Chicken Soup," last season's can't-miss show that missed.Smith is playing himself in the series that premieres tonight at 8 o'clock on Channel 2 (WMAR). He has a rap act under the name Fresh Prince. And it is that character who, after getting into a bit of trouble in his native Philadelphia, is sent to live with a wealthy aunt, her lawyer husband and their three kids in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air.We are not talking the most original concept here.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 2, 2004
Remember NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with Will Smith? Well, ABC's new sitcom, The Big House, is The Fresh Prince in reverse. And it couldn't be more obvious - or less imaginative. In Fresh Prince, Smith (playing a teen-age character with the same name) suffers culture clash when he goes from inner city life in Philadelphia with his mom to a mansion in Bel Air with his aunt and uncle. In The Big House, Kevin Hart (playing an 18-year-old character with the same name) suffers social-class vertigo as he plunges overnight from a spacious, beach front home in Malibu to the basement of the working-class digs of his aunt and uncle in Philadelphia after his father is sent to prison for embezzlement.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 10, 1990
"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is the urban version of the "Beverly Hillbillies" fantasy: poor folks suddenly living in the lap of luxury.The show, which stars rap artist Will Smith as an inner city teen sent to live with wealthy relatives in Bel Air, even has an opening song like "Beverly Hillbillies" that lays out the show's premise before the credits have ended.Instead of a banjo and "Let me tell you all a story about a man named Jed ...," NBC's show opens tonight at 8 on WMAR-TV (Channel 2)
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By Bridget Byrne and Bridget Byrne,Entertainment News Service | May 2, 1993
It's run-through day for the season's final episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (scheduled to air May 10). In front of the empty bleachers, where the live audience sits during taping, the cast moves up and down the line of sets from kitchen to sitting JTC room to schoolroom and back, as the will-Will-won't-Will-graduate story line unfolds.In the NBC sitcom, Will is just 18, but in reality Will Smith is 23 now and a parent -- Will Smith III was born at the end of last year to Mr. Smith and his wife, Sheree.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 19, 1996
Producer Quincy Jones took lemons and turned them into lemonade with "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." And, given the troubling history of how African-Americans have been depicted in prime-time sitcoms, that is an accomplishment worth noting as the show takes its final bow in this week of season finales.No, it's not the last episode of "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" or "The Cosby Show," with all the attendant appreciations and hoopla that such finales generate. But, in part, that's because "Fresh Prince" was not your father's favorite sitcom.
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By Dennis Hunt and Dennis Hunt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 1, 1997
BEVERLY HlLLS, Calif. -- "Tell Jada I love her -- make sure you tell her that," insists actor Will Smith to someone on the telephone, referring to his girlfriend, actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett."
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By Scott Alwin and Scott Alwin,Prince George's Journal | November 29, 1992
LAUREL -- Roger Myers is fidgety. A reporter has been asking the budding Hollywood actor questions for an hour and he seems as if he'd rather be playing with his pint-sized dog.After all, the boy is only 9 years old.Roger (full name: Floyd Roger Myers Jr.) seems to be on his way.The Laurel fourth-grader has done numerous national television commercials and recently played the young Will Smith in an episode of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."But the biggest accomplishment of his young life was appearing in "An American Dream," the recent two-day ABC miniseries chronicling the ascent of pop music's first family, the Jacksons.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 2, 2004
Remember NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with Will Smith? Well, ABC's new sitcom, The Big House, is The Fresh Prince in reverse. And it couldn't be more obvious - or less imaginative. In Fresh Prince, Smith (playing a teen-age character with the same name) suffers culture clash when he goes from inner city life in Philadelphia with his mom to a mansion in Bel Air with his aunt and uncle. In The Big House, Kevin Hart (playing an 18-year-old character with the same name) suffers social-class vertigo as he plunges overnight from a spacious, beach front home in Malibu to the basement of the working-class digs of his aunt and uncle in Philadelphia after his father is sent to prison for embezzlement.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 8, 2002
DEAR CBS Television: I've got this pal. Native of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Among her friends, she's been known to refer to herself as "Hill Mama." And that dialect she speaks? Well, that's "Hill-bonics." Which is appropriate, because it really is like another language. I remember once, we got into a discussion about something she called "pah." It took the longest time to figure out that she was referring to that dessert that is sometimes eaten a la mode. Anyway, I started thinking about Hill Mama when I heard about your plan to revive the old Beverly Hillbillies sitcom as a reality show.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 25, 1997
Will Smith has terrific timing. It was evident in his early days as a rapper, when the singles he cut as the Fresh Prince were as celebrated for their well-timed wit as for the smooth flow of his eager-to-please rhymes. It was even more obvious when he moved to television, where his puckish portrayal of a homeboy in Beverly Hills made "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" an unexpected comic smash.By the time he moved to the big screen, Smith's sense of what-to-do-when had been honed to a razor's edge.
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By Dennis Hunt and Dennis Hunt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 1, 1997
BEVERLY HlLLS, Calif. -- "Tell Jada I love her -- make sure you tell her that," insists actor Will Smith to someone on the telephone, referring to his girlfriend, actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett."
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By Paul Willistein and Paul Willistein,ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL | July 8, 1996
NEW YORK -- Move over Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson and Eddie Murphy. "Independence Day" is the movie that will make Will Smith the new black movie box-office hero.In "Independence Day," Smith plays Marine Capt. Steve Hiller, a wise-cracking fighter pilot who battles a worldwide alien invasion.Recently in an interview to promote "Independence Day," which opened last week, Smith attributed the publicity buildup surrounding himself to the scope of the $70 million-budgeted science-fiction movie.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 19, 1996
Producer Quincy Jones took lemons and turned them into lemonade with "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." And, given the troubling history of how African-Americans have been depicted in prime-time sitcoms, that is an accomplishment worth noting as the show takes its final bow in this week of season finales.No, it's not the last episode of "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" or "The Cosby Show," with all the attendant appreciations and hoopla that such finales generate. But, in part, that's because "Fresh Prince" was not your father's favorite sitcom.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1996
Federation starship captains Kirk and Janeway are front-and-center on TV tonight."The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The woman with the most irritating voice in the world takes a Caribbean cruise. CBS."The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- William Shatner, high on laughing gas, visits. Wow, Captain Kirk meets the Fresh Prince. The mind reels. NBC."Addams Family Values" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This is nowhere near as good as the series, but it's fun, better than the first movie and includes an inspired Thanksgiving pageant.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 19, 1991
HOT WIREKix (East/West America 91714)Although the basic components of hard rock seem simplenough -- strong melodies, stinging guitar riffs and an insistent rhythm section -- bringing those elements together successfully takes some doing. So how is it that Kix makes it all seem so easy? Crank up "Hot Wire," the quintet's latest album, and it immediately sounds like wall-to-wall hits; from the chant-along chorus of "Girl Money" to the gutsy grind of "Bump the La La," there hasn't been a hard rock album this consistently tuneful since AC/DC's "Back in Black."
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By Annette John-Hall and Annette John-Hall,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 10, 2005
He's fought off aliens, drug lords, the CIA and -- ay! -- robots. Heck, he even brought George Foreman to his knees. Now, in Hitch, his first romantic comedy since he burst onto the small screen as the Fresh Prince, Will Smith finds himself in the battle of the sexes. Smith, the quintessential ladies' man -- who's resplendent with his actress wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the cover of this month's Essence -- plays "date doctor" Alex Hitchens, creating situations to help ordinary guys snag the girls of their dreams.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1995
At last, a Monday with all new fare! CBS is premiering two new series, "Can't Hurry Love" and "If Not for You," as well as season openers for "The Nanny," "Murphy Brown" and "Chicago Hope." ABC begins a new season of "The Marshal," and NBC has new season episodes of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "In the House.""The Marshal" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Don't you just hate those late-night runs to the supermarket? In the season premiere, MacBride (Jeff Fahey) runs out for macaroni and cheese and ends up in the middle of a hostage situation.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 10, 1995
The setting: a posh suburb of Los Angeles.The main players: a former star running back in the NFL and a young, attractive, recently divorced mother of two.The premise: The woman thinks the guy living in the guest house might be a cool nanny for her two kids, as well as a new best friend for her.No, it's not "O. J., the Sitcom." It's "In the House," a new NBC sitcom, starring LL Cool J and Debbie Allen, which premieres at 8:30 tonight on WBAL (Channel 11). And it's not surprising that elements of the most popular story in America are starting to find their way into television sitcoms and dramas.
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