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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 24, 1999
When I heard that the producers of "The Drew Carey Show" were developing a sitcom for Norm Macdonald, I wondered whether one sexist blockhead who thought he was cool wasn't enough for prime time.Norm Henderson, the character Macdonald plays in "The Norm Show," is every bit as big a blockhead as Carey. But, you know? It works just fine in this new sitcom from ABC, because balancing him out is a smart, funny and strong female character played by Laurie Metcalf, one of the best comic actors on television.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | January 28, 2008
I ALWAYS look for my enemies upon entering a room. Then I know what to do. Go right up to them, say hello and be charming!" This is the tall, terrific Alex Kuczynski, a looker who recently gave up her blond bombshell aura and opted for a more natural look, decrying plastic surgery. A rising star at The New York Times during the reign of Howell Raines, Alex married well (and she says "for love") instead of merely settling for life as an ink-stained wretch - picking the wealthy Charles Stevenson of high finance.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
Dear God, or Dear Postal Workers, as the case may be: Could you please tell Hollywood there is no law that says comedies have to be stupid?Take "Dear God," for instance, which I'm sure you've seen, being in heaven and all. Let me sum up for the angelic secretary reading this letter, who probably never gets out to the theater: Greg Kinnear, lately of "Sabrina," plays Tom, a small-time grifter who's in deep to his loan shark and gets busted when he tries to...
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 24, 1999
When I heard that the producers of "The Drew Carey Show" were developing a sitcom for Norm Macdonald, I wondered whether one sexist blockhead who thought he was cool wasn't enough for prime time.Norm Henderson, the character Macdonald plays in "The Norm Show," is every bit as big a blockhead as Carey. But, you know? It works just fine in this new sitcom from ABC, because balancing him out is a smart, funny and strong female character played by Laurie Metcalf, one of the best comic actors on television.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | January 28, 2008
I ALWAYS look for my enemies upon entering a room. Then I know what to do. Go right up to them, say hello and be charming!" This is the tall, terrific Alex Kuczynski, a looker who recently gave up her blond bombshell aura and opted for a more natural look, decrying plastic surgery. A rising star at The New York Times during the reign of Howell Raines, Alex married well (and she says "for love") instead of merely settling for life as an ink-stained wretch - picking the wealthy Charles Stevenson of high finance.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 22, 1994
Well the Oscars are over and the NCAA basketball tournament is catching its breath, so there's only regular programming to keep viewers busy and interested. Luckily, that means fresh episodes of "Roseanne" and "NYPD Blue." Unluckily, in prime time, that's about all it means.* "The Second Half" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Returning with a new batch of episodes, "The Second Half" begins the second half of its 1993-1994 run. John Mendoza stars, and this week his sportswriter character takes on, and out, an unexpected new date: his ex-wife (Linda Wallem)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | May 24, 1994
Tonight's TV includes a two-hour "Angels" special, but Charlie is nowhere in sight. (Then again, on "Charlie's Angels," he never was.) The evening's best bet: On a slow night, the season finale of "Roseanne."* "Angels: the Mysterious Messengers." (8-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "For many of us," Patty Duke says at the beginning of this two-hour special from the producers of "Ancient Prophecies," "angels are real." She also points out that "one in 10 popular songs contain the word angel," a claim that is neither particularly credible nor marginally meaningful: Does "Teen Angel" or "Earth Angel" equate to an enhanced spirituality?
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1996
It must be guest-star day in TV land, as just about every show on the tube today (including repeats) features a guest of some distinction. They may not make the shows any better, but could make them more interesting."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1996
For both of you not watching the O's playoff game on NBC tonight"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Gerald McRaney visits his 100-year-old mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman and a lot of makeup) and persuades a loyal executive of a nasty, polluting business of the error of his ways. CBS."Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) continues his pursuit of the fair Lauren (Courtney Peldon), while auto-care expert Lucille Treganowan shows up on "Tool Time."
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By Kasey Jones and Kasey Jones,Sun Staff Writer | February 28, 1994
Earth to Roseanne Arnold: Get over it.We know you believe your parents abused you. We know about your struggle with mental illness, drug abuse, obesity. We know your first husband was a jerk. (Whose first husband wasn't?)Most of all, we know that you have struggled mightily against the male-dominated worlds of stand-up comedy and television -- and you won. You are one of the richest, most powerful women in Hollywood. You have a husband you claim to love and four children, including one given up for adoption with whom you have been reunited.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
Dear God, or Dear Postal Workers, as the case may be: Could you please tell Hollywood there is no law that says comedies have to be stupid?Take "Dear God," for instance, which I'm sure you've seen, being in heaven and all. Let me sum up for the angelic secretary reading this letter, who probably never gets out to the theater: Greg Kinnear, lately of "Sabrina," plays Tom, a small-time grifter who's in deep to his loan shark and gets busted when he tries to...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1996
For both of you not watching the O's playoff game on NBC tonight"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Gerald McRaney visits his 100-year-old mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman and a lot of makeup) and persuades a loyal executive of a nasty, polluting business of the error of his ways. CBS."Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) continues his pursuit of the fair Lauren (Courtney Peldon), while auto-care expert Lucille Treganowan shows up on "Tool Time."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1996
It must be guest-star day in TV land, as just about every show on the tube today (including repeats) features a guest of some distinction. They may not make the shows any better, but could make them more interesting."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | May 24, 1994
Tonight's TV includes a two-hour "Angels" special, but Charlie is nowhere in sight. (Then again, on "Charlie's Angels," he never was.) The evening's best bet: On a slow night, the season finale of "Roseanne."* "Angels: the Mysterious Messengers." (8-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "For many of us," Patty Duke says at the beginning of this two-hour special from the producers of "Ancient Prophecies," "angels are real." She also points out that "one in 10 popular songs contain the word angel," a claim that is neither particularly credible nor marginally meaningful: Does "Teen Angel" or "Earth Angel" equate to an enhanced spirituality?
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 22, 1994
Well the Oscars are over and the NCAA basketball tournament is catching its breath, so there's only regular programming to keep viewers busy and interested. Luckily, that means fresh episodes of "Roseanne" and "NYPD Blue." Unluckily, in prime time, that's about all it means.* "The Second Half" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Returning with a new batch of episodes, "The Second Half" begins the second half of its 1993-1994 run. John Mendoza stars, and this week his sportswriter character takes on, and out, an unexpected new date: his ex-wife (Linda Wallem)
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By Kasey Jones and Kasey Jones,Sun Staff Writer | February 28, 1994
Earth to Roseanne Arnold: Get over it.We know you believe your parents abused you. We know about your struggle with mental illness, drug abuse, obesity. We know your first husband was a jerk. (Whose first husband wasn't?)Most of all, we know that you have struggled mightily against the male-dominated worlds of stand-up comedy and television -- and you won. You are one of the richest, most powerful women in Hollywood. You have a husband you claim to love and four children, including one given up for adoption with whom you have been reunited.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 3, 1993
For some performances, a large paycheck or even an Academy Award nomination simply isn't adequate recompense; a Medal of Valor would be far more appropriate.That's true of Debra Winger in "A Dangerous Woman." As Martha, a mildly retarded adult trying to cope with the frustrations of a world that talks faster and knows more, she's absolutely heroic. Shedoesn't act, she becomes. She doesn't pretend, she is.Think of all the vaunted "turns" you've seen -- Meryl Streep's Sophie, for example, Jane Fonda in "Klute," current flavor-of-the-month Emma Thompson in "Howards End" -- and recollect how even at their most flamboyant these actresses seemed to preserve a little bit of themselves, a little sliver of ironic distance.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 17, 1995
The subject of fat surfaces twice on NBC tonight, in an entertainment special followed by a serious look at how one's appearance can affect success. Two hit Hollywood films and a couple of season finales also offer interesting choices.* "Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The Conner household reacts to Roseanne's nesting instinct as her pregnancy advances, while Jackie and Fred (Laurie Metcalf and Michael O'Keefe) try to spice up their marriage. ABC.* "Life in the Fat Lane II" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 3, 1993
For some performances, a large paycheck or even an Academy Award nomination simply isn't adequate recompense; a Medal of Valor would be far more appropriate.That's true of Debra Winger in "A Dangerous Woman." As Martha, a mildly retarded adult trying to cope with the frustrations of a world that talks faster and knows more, she's absolutely heroic. Shedoesn't act, she becomes. She doesn't pretend, she is.Think of all the vaunted "turns" you've seen -- Meryl Streep's Sophie, for example, Jane Fonda in "Klute," current flavor-of-the-month Emma Thompson in "Howards End" -- and recollect how even at their most flamboyant these actresses seemed to preserve a little bit of themselves, a little sliver of ironic distance.
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