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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1996
It's the night of the sweeps-week guest stars, as Shelley Long visits "Frasier," George Hamilton shows up "The John Larroquette Show," and the space shuttle astronauts drop in on "Home Improvement." Such riches*"Married With Children" (6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Vanna White offers $1 million for a night with Al. Let's hope Al never saw "Goddess of Love."*"Cliffhanger" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Sylvester Stallone is such a bad actor it almost hurts, but at least here the photography is distracting.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1996
Only one more presidential debate to get through, from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, MPT and MSNBC, 9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. on Fox and CNN. On a somewhat lighter note"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Just to torment me, networks occasionally -- without telling me! (what nerve) -- postpone scheduled shows and air them at a later date. That's what happened here. As advertised last week, this is the one where Ellen tries to get her estranged parents back together by re-creating their Cuban honeymoon, complete with an appearance from singer Eddie Fisher.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | February 1, 1994
The two NBC sitcoms that were showcased after Sunday's Super Bowl, "The Good Life" and "The John Larroquette Show," are given additional showcases tonight in hopes of making that "Super Sunday" investment pay off. If the ratings tonight are low, however, NBC will remember this particular evening as "Terrible Tuesday."* "The Good Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Of the two first-run episodes shown tonight, the first focuses on John (John Caponera), Drew (Drew Carey) and the guys, while the second focuses on John's wife Maureen (Eve Gordon)
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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 David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 29, 1994
The biggest news tonight is the premiere of an ABC series that tries its best to reflect the spirit of "Seinfeld," but doesn't come close. It's "These Friends of Mine," the first episode of which contains not one genuine laugh. Also tonight: Joe Pesci on The John Larroquette Show," and a fresh installment of "NYPD Blue."* "The John Larroquette Show" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Guest star Joe Pesci, playing himself, visiting the bus station to research a new movie role and study a really down-on-his-luck loser.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | December 21, 1993
Good rule of thumb: When the most exciting thing on TV is a repeat, it's a slow night. Tonight's best bet: a second showing of the premiere episode of "NYPD Blue."* "Bakersfield P.D." (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Fans of this series -- and they are not legion, but they ARE loyal -- will want to catch this first-run epi- sode. Fox is preparing to run "Bakersfield" off the air, at least for a while, so taping is recommended to get you through the lean months. On tonight's show, Denny (Chris Mulkey)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 12, 1994
Most of the good sitcoms tonight are showing repeats -- as is "NYPD Blue," which automatically makes it a can-miss Tuesday night. The night's biggest draw is Sharon Gless in a dual role on a new CBS telemovie, but as star turns go, it's more flashy than sturdy.* "The Good Life" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- NBC is pulling the curtain, at least for the season, on some of its new sitcoms tonight. This is the last first-run episode of "The Good Life," for example, unless it's renewed, which isn't all that likely.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | November 23, 1993
All leftovers, all the time: Today a new cable channel is launched, bringing us one notch closer to that much-discussed "500-channel universe." Yes, it's the Television Food Network. I'm not making it up, but I'm not in any hurry to watch it, either.* "Roc" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Last season, every edition of "Roc" was live. This year it takes a special event to persuade Fox to mount a live telecast, and tonight -- during the November sweeps, of course -- the event is the naming of Roc's baby boy. Who gets to decide?
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | January 11, 1994
Henry Winkler returns to series TV tonight, as both executive producer and star of Fox's "Monty," a situation comedy that, at least in the pilot, offers a lot more situation than comedy. Also making a prime-time appearance tonight, on a different sitcom: Vanna White.* "Full House" (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- And here she is, Miss "Wheel of Fortune" herself, making an appearance as herself in an episode about D. J.'s study preparations for the SAT -- or, as Vanna White herself might spell it, the S T. ABC.* "Monty" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1995
One of the greatest tragedies in U.S. Navy history is re-visited by Maryland Public Television, while one of Hollywood's biggest epics gets a four-hour screening on cable.* "Sniper" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this 1993 film, Tom Berenger plays a veteran Marine sniper who is teamed with an arrogant Olympic marksman (Billy Zane) in a mission to eliminate a drug lord in Colombia. Fox.* "The John Larroquette Show" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mayim Bialik makes a guest appearance in this repeat, playing John's daughter, Rachel.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1996
Was Dana Carvey a one-administration wonder? Or will he prove just as adept and hilarious at skewering Bill Clinton as he was taking aim at George Bush? Tonight's your chance to find out."Die Hard 2" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Bruce Willis can shoot-'em-up with the best of them, and a good time is guaranteed for all. Watch Bruce single-handedly show of bunch of terrorists who's boss. CBS."The Dana Carvey Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Critics haven't been able to screen this, and for good reason: Carvey is taping his shows only two days in advance, the better to keep the humor topical.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1996
It's the night of the sweeps-week guest stars, as Shelley Long visits "Frasier," George Hamilton shows up "The John Larroquette Show," and the space shuttle astronauts drop in on "Home Improvement." Such riches*"Married With Children" (6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Vanna White offers $1 million for a night with Al. Let's hope Al never saw "Goddess of Love."*"Cliffhanger" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Sylvester Stallone is such a bad actor it almost hurts, but at least here the photography is distracting.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1995
After a one-year absence caused by last year's strike, the World Series returns to October TV -- although with a late calendar start. Do you remember when the classic was sometimes completed by Oct. 21?* "The World Series" (7 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- And what are the odds that two teams with politically incorrect names and logos -- both borrowed from Native Americans -- would make the fall classic? Yep, the Atlanta Braves meet the Cleveland Indians in Atlanta in tonight's first game.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1995
One of the greatest tragedies in U.S. Navy history is re-visited by Maryland Public Television, while one of Hollywood's biggest epics gets a four-hour screening on cable.* "Sniper" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this 1993 film, Tom Berenger plays a veteran Marine sniper who is teamed with an arrogant Olympic marksman (Billy Zane) in a mission to eliminate a drug lord in Colombia. Fox.* "The John Larroquette Show" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mayim Bialik makes a guest appearance in this repeat, playing John's daughter, Rachel.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 7, 1995
It's an unofficial Jeff Fahey competition on cable tonight, while the main competition on broadcast TV is to lure viewers with the biggest guest star.* "Full House" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- This show's special guest star is a slam-dunk winner: He's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who gives Jesse (John Stamos) some shooting tips. ABC.* "Nova: Nazi Designers of Death" (8-9 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- Newly acquired evidence found in Moscow archives, where captured German records had been kept since the war, is examined here, including detailed blueprints of Auschwitz, in which the crematorium design from the war's later years clearly "combines killing and burning in a logical way."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 10, 1995
Eight months from now, Fox will broadcast this year's Emmy Awards. Tonight, network TV offers fresh episodes of two shows likely to get a lot of nominations, "Frasier" and "NYPD Blue," while PBS offers one show about woolly mammoths and another about woolly theories regarding TV and violence.* "Nova: Mammoths of the Ice Age" (8-9 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- One of last season's "Northern Exposure" episodes dealt with the discovery of a woolly mammoth that had been exposed by a severe thaw -- and the fact that the natives treated it as a more or less common event.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | December 7, 1993
This is far from a red-letter day for television, but as long as it's a blue-letters day -- as in providing a fresh episode of "NYPD Blue" -- I'm not complaining.* "Nova" (8-10 p.m., Channels 22 and 67) -- There are three things in store for "Nova" fans during this fund-raising package. One is a new 90-minute special with Bill Cosby as host, presenting snippets from some of the "Great Moments From Nova." The special is light on context, almost by necessity, but heavy on exciting visuals. If it pulls a larger audience for "Nova" in the future, I'm all for it.Following "Great Moments From Nova" is a great hour from "Nova" -- a repeat of its classic "The Miracle of Life," which offers an insider's view (literally)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1996
Only one more presidential debate to get through, from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, MPT and MSNBC, 9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. on Fox and CNN. On a somewhat lighter note"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Just to torment me, networks occasionally -- without telling me! (what nerve) -- postpone scheduled shows and air them at a later date. That's what happened here. As advertised last week, this is the one where Ellen tries to get her estranged parents back together by re-creating their Cuban honeymoon, complete with an appearance from singer Eddie Fisher.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 20, 1994
The second night of the official fall TV season brings with it one of the most anticipated, and tough, head-to-head battles of the year: NBC's "Frasier" vs. ABC's "Home Improvement." Tradition usually favors the incumbent, but this time there is no incumbent: Both shows have moved from other nights to face one another. "Frasier" is a better show -- but "Home Improvement" has the edge of being TV's highest-rated series last season. Let the battle begin.* "Baseball" (8-10 p.m., Channel 22) -- Inning 3, covering the years 1910-1920, culminates in one of major league baseball's sorriest episodes: the 1919 White Sox scandal, when gamblers bribed certain players to throw the World Series.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 12, 1994
Most of the good sitcoms tonight are showing repeats -- as is "NYPD Blue," which automatically makes it a can-miss Tuesday night. The night's biggest draw is Sharon Gless in a dual role on a new CBS telemovie, but as star turns go, it's more flashy than sturdy.* "The Good Life" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- NBC is pulling the curtain, at least for the season, on some of its new sitcoms tonight. This is the last first-run episode of "The Good Life," for example, unless it's renewed, which isn't all that likely.
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