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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 10, 1992
If your life won't be complete without seeing Luke Perry before sideburns, then you'd best get yourself to "Terminal Bliss" before it makes a hasty departure or before Luke Perry's 15 minutes are up, whichever comes sooner.There he is, a year or two shy of his breakthrough in "90210," face unlined, body undeveloped, handsome as the god Apollo himself under a crest of blondish hair. He looks like James Dean raised on a diet of cornflakes and 100 percent whole milk. And there too are his burnless sides, white as marshmallows or Wonder bread, right next to his ears.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | August 5, 2003
The Fox network returns to its teen roots in fine style tonight with the premiere of The O.C., a drama about adolescent desire, angst and beautiful bodies set in the upscale enclave of Newport Beach in Orange County, Calif. (The county is the O.C. to which the title refers.) While it's easy to mock the excesses of teen dramas - with their parades of hopelessly attractive characters who look 16-going-on-27 thanks to the real ages of the actors - you have to admire those who get the formula right.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 9, 1992
Most young filmmakers would give a year's subscription to Variety and a lot more to be where Jordan Alan is today. Mr. Alan -- who hails from suburban New Jersey but now resides in Los Angeles -- is about to see his first feature as director-writer, "Terminal Bliss," go into wide release. The low-budget teen drama arrived in 62 cities and 400-plus theaters last week.Not too shabby for a 24-year-old with no previous feature filmmaking experience.Why, then, is Mr. Alan less than blissful? You might even describe him as miserable.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 3, 1997
Turns out it was aliens who got rid of the dinosaurs, because the critters weren't smart enough.Who would've thought it?Robin Cook, that's who, the man responsible for the ludicrous, much-hyped ratings-blockbuster-to-be miniseries "Robin Cook's 'Invasion.' "If this one lives up to its advance billing, it won't be because it's any good.Luke Perry, who perfected brooding on "Beverly Hills 90210," stars as a "likable young man" (in NBC's words) who has the misfortune of picking up a shiny black stone while standing outside a Phoenix diner.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 10, 1992
If your life won't be complete without seeing Luke Perry before sideburns, then you'd best get yourself to "Terminal Bliss" before it makes a hasty departure or before Luke Perry's 15 minutes are up, whichever comes sooner.There he is, a year or two shy of his breakthrough in "90210," face unlined, body undeveloped, handsome as the god Apollo himself under a crest of blondish hair. He looks like James Dean raised on a diet of cornflakes and 100 percent whole milk. And there too are his burnless sides, white as marshmallows or Wonder bread, right next to his ears.
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By David Zurawik | February 6, 1992
"Beverly Hills, 90210," the top show with teen viewers, takes condom distribution in high schools at 9 tonight on WBFF-TV (Channel 45).The series ignited a controversy over teen sex when Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Dylan (Luke Perry) made love on prom night in an episode that aired last May."We hope this issue will stimulate discussion between children and parents about sexual behavior," Executive Producer Charles Rosin said in a statement from Fox, which did not make tonight's show available for preview.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 7, 1992
"Beverly Hills, 90210" started out all talky last night as it tackled the issue of condoms in the high school.And it ended all preachy with two of the actors, Jason Priestly and Gabrielle Carteris, actually stepping out of character and giving viewers a short lecture about safe sex.But, in between was a well-crafted melodrama that intelligently dealt with both sides of the issue and still managed to offer believable and engaging story lines involving several of the show's romantic couples.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 3, 1997
Turns out it was aliens who got rid of the dinosaurs, because the critters weren't smart enough.Who would've thought it?Robin Cook, that's who, the man responsible for the ludicrous, much-hyped ratings-blockbuster-to-be miniseries "Robin Cook's 'Invasion.' "If this one lives up to its advance billing, it won't be because it's any good.Luke Perry, who perfected brooding on "Beverly Hills 90210," stars as a "likable young man" (in NBC's words) who has the misfortune of picking up a shiny black stone while standing outside a Phoenix diner.
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By Beth Hannan and Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer | March 2, 1994
90210 -- if you don't know what zip code this is, you aren't a teen or the parent of one. "Beverly Hills, 90210," which debuted ++ in October 1990, is celebrating its 100th episode tonight.In the beginning, the show didn't make much of a splash. The title didn't indicate it was about high school students, no one had ever heard of the stars, and it was on the tiny Fox network. Critics mostly ignored it.But gradually, the show built a following with young viewers. By the summer of 1991, it was a certified hit.The idea was to show the real-life problems of teens, from their perspective.
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By Steve McKerrow | February 19, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* In TV movies, especially the original thrillers regularly released on the USA cable network, the formula seems to be: Homicide = 1 hero + 4 suspects x ? victims.It certainly holds true in "Blindman's Bluff" , tonight's latest USA premiere (at 9 o'clock).The hero is a recently blinded college professor/author, played with taciturn believability by Robert Urich, lately of "Spenser for Hire."He's also one of the murder suspects and a potential murder target. Among the others are his best friend (Ron Perlman, who was shaggy Vincent on "Beauty and the Beast")
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 26, 1997
If you are one of those viewers who believes that made-for-television movies are nothing but shopworn formula and that the major networks and cable channels never try anything new, you need to see "Riot," at 8 tomorrow night on Showtime."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | November 9, 1994
It's a sweeps-month Wednesday night, which means there's a lot competing for your attention -- even though not everything deserves it.* "Ice Wars: The U.S.A. vs. The World" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- Hmm. Ice skating. The U.S. competing against other countries. Doesn't the word "Olympics" ring a bell with anyone at CBS? Or does the network consider last February's megahyped ice-princess duels a forgettable sort of Badwill Games? Anyway, tonight's games include Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul -- and no Tonya Harding.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | October 5, 1994
Last season, "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place" were paired as a midweek doubleheader. Tonight that experience is re-created, sort of, for one night only, thanks to a quickie "Melrose Place" special pre-empting "Models Inc."* "The Cosby Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- You can always count on Bill Cosby when your career is faltering, or when the "CHiPs" are down. Accordingly, Erik Estrada is tonight's guest star. NBC.* "28th Annual Country Music Association Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11)
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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 Beth Hannan and Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer | March 2, 1994
90210 -- if you don't know what zip code this is, you aren't a teen or the parent of one. "Beverly Hills, 90210," which debuted ++ in October 1990, is celebrating its 100th episode tonight.In the beginning, the show didn't make much of a splash. The title didn't indicate it was about high school students, no one had ever heard of the stars, and it was on the tiny Fox network. Critics mostly ignored it.But gradually, the show built a following with young viewers. By the summer of 1991, it was a certified hit.The idea was to show the real-life problems of teens, from their perspective.
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By Paul Lomartire and Paul Lomartire,Cox News Service | August 17, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Disposable diapers. Disposable cameras. Disposable lighters. Disposable razors.Disposable TV actors?Yes. Welcome to the 1992-'93 network TV season."
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By Steve McKerrow | July 15, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* As the formal nomination of Bill Clinton takes place at the Democratic National Convention tonight (the roll call itself should not begin until all the networks check in at 10 p.m), two networks actually offer some non-rerun fare.At 8 on Fox (WBFF, Channel 45), a new season begins for "Beverly Hills, 90210," with Brenda and Dylan (Shannon Doherty and Luke Perry) getting together secretly -- and then getting caught by her father.And at 9:30 on NBC (Channel 2), "Dear John" comes back to the schedule with a new episode, as John (Judd Hirsch)
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By Judy Rousuck | August 1, 1992
'The Phantom Lady'THEATER The gutsy Bowman Ensemble has mounted a highly theatrical, witty rendition of Calderon de la Barca's 17th century swashbuckling romantic comedy, "The Phantom Lady." The title refers to a young widow, who, despite being kept under lock and key by her over-protective brothers, manages to fall in love with one of their guests. The Bowman Ensemble performs outdoors at McDonogh School in Owings Mills. Tonight's performance is a fund-raising gala. Tickets are $35. Regular performances continue tomorrow at the usual ticket price of $10. Curtain time both nights is 8. For more information, call (410)
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By Judy Rousuck | August 1, 1992
'The Phantom Lady'THEATER The gutsy Bowman Ensemble has mounted a highly theatrical, witty rendition of Calderon de la Barca's 17th century swashbuckling romantic comedy, "The Phantom Lady." The title refers to a young widow, who, despite being kept under lock and key by her over-protective brothers, manages to fall in love with one of their guests. The Bowman Ensemble performs outdoors at McDonogh School in Owings Mills. Tonight's performance is a fund-raising gala. Tickets are $35. Regular performances continue tomorrow at the usual ticket price of $10. Curtain time both nights is 8. For more information, call (410)
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By Steve McKerrow | July 15, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* As the formal nomination of Bill Clinton takes place at the Democratic National Convention tonight (the roll call itself should not begin until all the networks check in at 10 p.m), two networks actually offer some non-rerun fare.At 8 on Fox (WBFF, Channel 45), a new season begins for "Beverly Hills, 90210," with Brenda and Dylan (Shannon Doherty and Luke Perry) getting together secretly -- and then getting caught by her father.And at 9:30 on NBC (Channel 2), "Dear John" comes back to the schedule with a new episode, as John (Judd Hirsch)
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