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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 3, 2000
"I always said Lea was born performing." Shannon Katona is talking about her younger sister, Lea Thompson. Most people know Thompson as the star of the NBC television series "Caroline in the City" or the mother in the "Back to the Future" movies. Beginning Tuesday, however, Mechanic Theatre audiences can see her in a considerably less wholesome role, that of "divinely decadent" Sally Bowles in the 1998 Tony Award-winning revival of Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret." Sally, a second-rate singer performing in a raunchy Berlin dive between the two World Wars, may seem like a stretch for Thompson, especially since this is her first musical.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2003
U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein Saturday night as part of an operation code-named Red Dawn. The reference, we understand, is to a 1984 film starring Patrick Swayze about a group of teen-agers who almost single-handedly thwart a Soviet invasion of the United States. Interesting factoid, sure. But assuredly, there's something more to this. The similarities between the movie and the mission are just too eerie to be dismissed as coincidence. Consider: Red Dawn featured key figures -- a couple of girls, including terminally cute actress Lea Thompson -- found cowering in a covered pit, hiding from a fate (invading Soviets)
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September 22, 1997
Figuring the best way to go up against "Monday Night Football" is to go after the women, NBC presents a lineup of sitcoms with female stars, all having their season premieres tonight.Season two of "Suddenly Susan" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m.) begins with Susan (Brooke Shields) heading off on a romantic getaway with Cooper (Brian McNamara), while Jack (Judd Nelson) has a strange dream about her with bygone stars of the silver screen.Gwen and Terry (Sharon Lawrence and Leah Rimini) return for a second season of "Fired Up" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m.)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 20, 2002
One is a white liberal with a busted marriage and a caffeine-jangled edge that has her bouncing off walls as she races from courtroom to courtroom. The other is an African-American conservative with an all-American-looking family and a cool, steady-handed style of running the district attorney's office. Can they learn to work together? That, in brief, is the heart and core of For the People, a legal drama starring Lea Thompson (Caroline in the City) and Debbi Morgan (The Hurricane) that premieres tomorrow night on Lifetime.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1995
Maryland Public Television tonight launches a pilot magazine show for "today's generation," while ABC offers a skating spectacular and CBS takes a look back at the 1960s assault on America by British rockers.* "Hot Topics" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Viewers are asked to call with topics for this potential series aimed at young adults, with co-hosts Nate Howard and Annette Gibbs-Davis. PBS.* "Skates of Gold III" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another sweeps month skatefest features Olympic gold medalists.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2003
U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein Saturday night as part of an operation code-named Red Dawn. The reference, we understand, is to a 1984 film starring Patrick Swayze about a group of teen-agers who almost single-handedly thwart a Soviet invasion of the United States. Interesting factoid, sure. But assuredly, there's something more to this. The similarities between the movie and the mission are just too eerie to be dismissed as coincidence. Consider: Red Dawn featured key figures -- a couple of girls, including terminally cute actress Lea Thompson -- found cowering in a covered pit, hiding from a fate (invading Soviets)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1995
Murder times three! That's the lineup tonight, a murder mystery every hour including: "Murder, She Wrote," "Murder On the Links" and just plain "Murder One."* "Murder, She Wrote" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ah, now wouldn't you think Ballynook Castle in colorful Ireland sounds like the perfect place for a vacation? So does Jessica (Angela Lansbury) -- until she's locked in an ancient dungeon and experiences her own ghost story. CBS.* "Star-Crossed Thursday" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1997
Sweeps month plunges on, the season starts winding down to a close and, on "Caroline In the City," Caroline and Richard try one more time to become an item. Remember last year, when Richard opted to commit his feelings to writing?"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Oh, the pitter-patter of those little Buchman feet are drawing ever closer: tonight, Jamie's mom and Paul's mom (Carol Burnett and Cynthia Harris) argue over who bought the better crib. NBC."Roseanne" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1997
Summertime (almost), and the living is easy. So go outside and enjoy it; there's sure not much to watch on the tube."Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes No. 6" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Will these outtake shows never end? Guess not, since Fox is adding a weekly version to its schedule come fall. Fox."Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Frankie's mom arrives in town to tell Frankie (Kevin Corrigan) she's leaving his dad. What she doesn't mention is that she's having an affair with Prof.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | May 23, 1994
Made-for-television movies, tributes and a long "Trek" make this an above-average TV night.* "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (9-11 p.m., WDCA, Channel 20; episode airs Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on WBFF, Channel 45) -- The original "Star Trek" came and went, two years shy of completing its five-year mission. Its spinoff series, "The Next Generation," completes its seven-year run tonight with a decided air of closure: Its plot refers and returns to the show's premiere episode, offers a challenging and exciting mystery involving several time lines, and ends with a big bang in more ways than one. In fact, this episode is good enough to earn it a spot among the 10 top series finales of all time -- time, in this case, being extremely relative.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 3, 2000
"I always said Lea was born performing." Shannon Katona is talking about her younger sister, Lea Thompson. Most people know Thompson as the star of the NBC television series "Caroline in the City" or the mother in the "Back to the Future" movies. Beginning Tuesday, however, Mechanic Theatre audiences can see her in a considerably less wholesome role, that of "divinely decadent" Sally Bowles in the 1998 Tony Award-winning revival of Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret." Sally, a second-rate singer performing in a raunchy Berlin dive between the two World Wars, may seem like a stretch for Thompson, especially since this is her first musical.
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By Lori Sears | June 1, 2000
'Annie' and 'Cabaret' The feisty, red-haired orphan Annie finds a home at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., during eight performances of the musical "Annie." Mere-dith Anne Bull (pictured) has the title role. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, June 8 and June 9; at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 10; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 11. Tickets are $15-$49. Also opening here Tuesday is the national touring production of "Cabaret," starring Lea Thompson (pictured) as nightclub singer Sally Bowles.
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September 22, 1997
Figuring the best way to go up against "Monday Night Football" is to go after the women, NBC presents a lineup of sitcoms with female stars, all having their season premieres tonight.Season two of "Suddenly Susan" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m.) begins with Susan (Brooke Shields) heading off on a romantic getaway with Cooper (Brian McNamara), while Jack (Judd Nelson) has a strange dream about her with bygone stars of the silver screen.Gwen and Terry (Sharon Lawrence and Leah Rimini) return for a second season of "Fired Up" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m.)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1997
Summertime (almost), and the living is easy. So go outside and enjoy it; there's sure not much to watch on the tube."Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes No. 6" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Will these outtake shows never end? Guess not, since Fox is adding a weekly version to its schedule come fall. Fox."Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Frankie's mom arrives in town to tell Frankie (Kevin Corrigan) she's leaving his dad. What she doesn't mention is that she's having an affair with Prof.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1997
Sweeps month plunges on, the season starts winding down to a close and, on "Caroline In the City," Caroline and Richard try one more time to become an item. Remember last year, when Richard opted to commit his feelings to writing?"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Oh, the pitter-patter of those little Buchman feet are drawing ever closer: tonight, Jamie's mom and Paul's mom (Carol Burnett and Cynthia Harris) argue over who bought the better crib. NBC."Roseanne" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1995
Maryland Public Television tonight launches a pilot magazine show for "today's generation," while ABC offers a skating spectacular and CBS takes a look back at the 1960s assault on America by British rockers.* "Hot Topics" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Viewers are asked to call with topics for this potential series aimed at young adults, with co-hosts Nate Howard and Annette Gibbs-Davis. PBS.* "Skates of Gold III" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another sweeps month skatefest features Olympic gold medalists.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | March 25, 1993
It's easy to know when Mary Tyler Moore is on her game as a actress. Any time you're watching Moore and you can forget about her as Laura Petrie or Mary Richards for even a moment, she's got it right.Moore gets it very right in "Stolen Babies," a made-for-cable movie at 9 tonight on Lifetime. She gets it so right, in fact, her performance dwarfs everything else and more or less makes chop suey out of the dramatic arc of the movie. The end result is a failed movie, but a performance worth going out of your way to see."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 21, 1995
Thursday night on NBC has become a viewing ritual for more than 20 million Americans. Tonight, those viewers meet the two new series responsible for a big change in one of their most pleasurable television routines.For more than a decade, Thursday has meant hot sitcoms, huge ratings, big bucks and, on more than one occasion, a rocket ride to No. 1 in prime time for NBC.Moreover, sitcoms airing on this night -- everything from "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers" to "Seinfeld" and "Friends" -- have provided NBC with its corporate identity, the image viewers have of the Peacock network.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1995
Murder times three! That's the lineup tonight, a murder mystery every hour including: "Murder, She Wrote," "Murder On the Links" and just plain "Murder One."* "Murder, She Wrote" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ah, now wouldn't you think Ballynook Castle in colorful Ireland sounds like the perfect place for a vacation? So does Jessica (Angela Lansbury) -- until she's locked in an ancient dungeon and experiences her own ghost story. CBS.* "Star-Crossed Thursday" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 21, 1995
Thursday night on NBC has become a viewing ritual for more than 20 million Americans. Tonight, those viewers meet the two new series responsible for a big change in one of their most pleasurable television routines.For more than a decade, Thursday has meant hot sitcoms, huge ratings, big bucks and, on more than one occasion, a rocket ride to No. 1 in prime time for NBC.Moreover, sitcoms airing on this night -- everything from "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers" to "Seinfeld" and "Friends" -- have provided NBC with its corporate identity, the image viewers have of the Peacock network.
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