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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 24, 1994
It's a better Wednesday night for TV than most this summer, because "Models Inc." isn't on. Last week's episode, with the "Who killed Teri Spencer?" resolution (it was the receptionist) and the "meet Teri's look-alike" summer-season cliffhanger, was pathetic on both counts. Tonight Fox pre-empts "Models" to present a repeat of its Tina Turner concert, a great trade.* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- There's one good reason I can muster to watch tonight's "Beverly Hills, 90210," and that's to compare this teen-angst Fox drama with tomorrow night's much more genuine article: the premiere of ABC's "My So-Called Life."
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By New York Daily News | June 2, 1993
Basically, talk shows give Kathryn Harrold the creeps."I want everyone to stay home and live their lives, instead of being interviewed about them," says the actress -- which may explain why she's delighted to star as Garry Shandling's new love interest (and first ex-wife) on HBO's talk-show parody, "The Larry Sanders Show," which begins its second season tonight at 10.Praised by critics and funny people everywhere, the show chronicles the insecurity behind the glib polish of most talk shows.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 6, 1994
Leaving aside O. J. Simpson preliminary hearing coverage (I'm bypassing O. J., OK?), there's still an above-average selection of watchable offerings on TV tonight.* "Live From Lincoln Center" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This marks the 28th season of the Mostly Mozart Festival, a welcome summer breeze of concerts devoted to -- well, mostly to Mozart, but tonight to Tchaikovsky, Gluck and Haydn also. Headliners are pianist Shura Cherkassky, soprano Korliss Uecker and baritone Thomas Hampson.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | January 10, 1991
Remember all that stuff about how Farrah Fawcett had become such a good actress?Well, what it really meant was that in the right role, usually that of a victim, supported by a good director, in a movie setting where she had the freedom to do several takes, the former "Charlie's Angel" could surprise you and pull off a believable character.It didn't mean that she has the wherewithal to do the toughest sort of acting, comedy, filmed live before an audience. The incontrovertible evidence is "Good Sports," a CBS sitcom that premieres tonight at 9:30 on Channel 11 (WBAL)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 27, 2001
Once again, the giant Hollywood star machine has labored mightily and coughed up a mouse - or at best, Warren Beatty in a polar bear suit. He's cute in the suit, like a baggy-pants version of the polar bears in the yuletide Coca-Cola commercials. He should have played the whole picture that way. For Beatty doesn't have a naturally engaging comic spirit. He didn't in those duds everyone has forgotten, like "The Fortune," or in the one no one will forget, "Ishtar," or even in his fading-from-memory hit, "Heaven Can Wait."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 10, 2000
Think of it as a giant pep rally on the eve of the big game. Only this year, there's no big game. Traditionally, the Emmy Awards telecast announced the start of network premiere week and the new fall season. The television industry understood synergy before synergy was cool. But this year, for the first time in network history, there is no premiere week, and the new fall series won't start arriving until October after the summer Olympics have run their course on NBC. The fall season is still flying well below most viewers' radar despite the networks' endless on-air promotion.
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March 3, 2000
A breezy yet diamond-hard humor runs through "What Planet Are You From?," a bawdy, brainy sex comedy geared toward smart people with a sophomoric streak. At its goofiest and gaggiest, this fish-out-of-water yarn, about a space alien who finds true love while trying to take over the world, will remind viewers of Mel Brooks. At its crudest, it recalls "There's Something About Mary." But at its wisest -- and it is surprisingly wise, in the end -- "What Planet Are You From?" evokes fond memories of director Mike Nichols and his former partner, Elaine May, who together shed a wry, cleansing light on the human condition by way of gently lethal satire.
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By From Sun news services | November 29, 2008
One Bond about another: He's 'marvelous' as 007 Roger Moore told reporters in Hong Kong on Thursday that Daniel Craig is "marvelous" as James Bond because he brings a fresh dimension to the character. Moore, 81, who starred in seven Bond films in the 1970s and the 1980s, said Craig's performances in Steven Spielberg's 2005 political thriller Munich and Sylvia in 2003 helped shape a new Bond. Moore, speaking at an event in Hong Kong to promote his autobiography My Word Is My Bond, said he had yet to see Craig in Quantum of Solace.
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By Steve McKerrow | June 6, 1991
ON THE WEEKEND WATCH:MORE DEAD SHOWS -- Into the summer rerun season, the networks are offering what will perhaps be last-chance viewings of series from the long list of canceled fare. Just tonight, for example, ABC (Channel 13) has moved "Gabriel's Fire" to 9 o'clock (although star James Earl Jones is coming back in the fall as the same character in a new show, "Bird and Katt"). And CBS (Channel 11) has two returns, the mid-season replacement about a Cajun cop, "Broken Badges" at 9, and Edward Woodward's rather likable "Over My Dead Body" at 10. Note also that CBS on Sunday (10 p.m.)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 10, 1991
Los Angeles--"Good Sports" has its problems. It is nothing if not uneven.But it also has Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, some of the funniest sitcom moments of the year and the most savvy pop culture sensibility since "It's Garry Shandling's Show."Furthermore, there's an almost irresistible prurient appeal to the show, because of who Fawcett and O'Neal are -- real-life roommates who were once two of America's hottest sex symbols.That's enough to give "Good Sports," a new CBS show that premieres at 9:30 tonight on WBAL-TV (Channel 11)
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