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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 KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 23, 2004
The vamp is back. Thanks to the modern feminist movement, the exhibitionist behavior of reality show contestants and the frank sexual exploration of Sex and the City, female taboos on TV have been shattered. These days, prime time is the place for a girl to get in touch with her sexuality. Nicolette Sheridan's Desperate Housewives divorcee Edie Britt wears her carnal heart on her sleeve. Eva Longoria's Gabrielle Solis is unhappily married to a rich cad. So what does she do? Have an affair with the 17-year-old gardener, of course.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 27, 1994
On a slow TV night, the place to be is "Melrose Place," where today's most talked-about prime-time soap makes room for one of the stars of yesterday's most talked-about prime-time soap. Tonight's the night Linda Gray, formerly of "Dallas," joins the Fox series as a preamble to a spinoff soap, "Models Inc." Live coverage of Richard Nixon's funeral is available at 7 p.m. EDT on the major networks, CNN and C-SPAN. Coverage of the funeral may pre-empt scheduled programming on some stations.* "Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden" (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Sun Staff | August 13, 2000
Years from now, when the lifetime-achievement Oscar is announced, this summer may be remembered as the turning point in the acting career of PSINet Stadium. Its evocative performance in the new Warner Bros. film "The Replacements," which opened Friday, is nothing short of a breakthrough. We see PSINet grow from an awkwardly named oval where the Jacksonville Jaguars come to humiliate Baltimore each year to a mythical structure that can nurture dreams and fulfill hopes. Through the magic of special effects, the stadium appears, by the end of the movie, to be a place where exciting football is played.
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By Steve McKerrow | July 8, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* No, it is not your imagination if you seem to recognize Grant Show, one of the stars of the new Fox series "Melrose Place" premiering tonight (at 8:30, WBFF-Channel 45).His character, construction worker Jake, was introduced this spring on a two-part episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210."But does anybody else think the set-up for this show, aimed at young adults, seems oddly like the current MTV series "The Real World?"In that one (at 10 p.m. Thursdays on the cable service)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1996
The parade of beautiful people continues on "Melrose Place," although now the show is borrowing them from its nighttime soap predecessors -- in this case, "Knots Landing.""National Geographic Presents" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Puma, Lion of the Andes" tracks a big cat named Penny through two years of living and raising young in the mountains of South America. NBC."Dangerous Minds" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Super-teacher Louanne takes an unpopular stand when she sticks up for a convicted child molester.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article | November 18, 1996
It's a quiet night, with few programming stunts, and with most of the TV series exactly where you'd expect to find them."Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this week's episode, there are lots of surprising twists revealed regarding the mysterious character of Megan (Kelly Rutherford), who has enticed Michael (Thomas Calabro) to stray from the sex-abstaining Kimberly (Marcia Cross). With this plot, and the one in which Amanda (Heather Locklear) starts flexing her muscles again, "Melrose Place" takes some much-needed steps toward its own recovery.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | January 17, 1994
Los Angeles -- Jo is going to get involved with a "dangerous" guy she knew in high school. Amanda's going to get a mom from out of nowhere. And Jake is going to get more involved with Amanda.Welcome to "Melrose Place" -- the twentysomething, prime-timesoap opera, which is suddenly the hottest show on Fox Television.How hot?It's up almost 40 percent in viewers from last year and is beating "Home Improvement" with adults 18 to 34 years old. That's not bad when you consider that "Home Improvement" is the second highest rated show on all TV.Fox has already renewed the series for next year -- ordering 32 episodes instead of the usual 22 episodes, which make for a full network order.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | May 8, 1992
Fox Broadcasting is going to make the summer TV season a hotly contested one.The fourth network yesterday announced that it will expand to six nights of first-run, prime-time programming July 1 with the debut of "Melrose Place," a twentysomething ensemble drama from the producers of "Beverly Hills, 90210.""It is the kind of show viewers can't find on any other network," Fox Entertainment President Peter Chernin said yesterday. "It's a look at today's twentysomething generation . . . coming of age and on their own for the first time."
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By Los Angeles Daily News | April 24, 1994
Amid the mindless banter and frivolity, disc jockeys Kevin Ryder and Bean Baxter of Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM try to set aside a few minutes each Thursday morning to pontificate about the more pressing matters of the world.Sydney -- Cunning vixen or ne- glected child? Michael -- See: swine. Alison -- Gawd, that incessant whining. Jane -- Why'd she cut her hair, anyway?That's Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "Melrose Place," a Wednesday night Yuppie-angst soap opera that really needs no introduction -- thanks, in part, to the hordes of magazine covers, the "Entertainment Tonight" features, the L'Oreal hair-care ads and Cindy Crawford's exclusive "Melrose Place" interview for MTV.The buzz on "Melrose Place" is everywhere.
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By Melody Holmes and Melody Holmes,SUN STAFF | July 6, 1999
Tish McGinn and Dan Mueller are riders for a cause, bicycling cross- country to raise money for community programs for children.McGinn, of Catonsville, and Mueller, of Glen Burnie, are among scores of cyclists taking part in a summer charity bike trip from San Francisco to New York City sponsored by Do Something, a national non-profit organization.Do Something -- founded by actor Andrew Shue, who was Billy on the former Fox TV soap "Melrose Place" -- aims at inspiring leadership and positive behavior in young people all over the country.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1997
Thanks to a mix-up by the folks at UPN, the episode description given for last night's episode of "Sparks" was actually the episode description for last night's episode of "Goode Behavior."Hang on. Sweeps month (along with the season) is almost over."Cosby" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Social Security Administration decides Hilton (Bill Cosby) is dead, which means he could have trouble starting his new job (they don't hire corpses, apparently). And, grieving widow Ruth (Phylicia Rashad)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF CO : Today's TV | April 7, 1997
Baltimore does a star turn as Cleveland tonight on ABC. And cable tries to make television safe for the family."Relativity" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Is Everett really coming back into the picture? C'mon, Ev! ABC."The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Things must be tough for Captain Kangaroo if he has to resort to guest shots here. Bob Keeshan plays the principal of Matt's school, as Matt tries to erase his nerdy reputation. NBC."Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1997
Some childhood memories are best left unrevisited. Which is why you may want to think twice about watching ABC at 8 tonight."Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- They're back ... even Michael Nesmith, who until now has avoided much of this foolishness. This time, it's for what is essentially another episode of their TV series (nearly 30 years later), as we watch the boys get ready to perform at a swanky country club. Chuck Woolery plays the club's manager. Bet you can't wait.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1997
It's milestone Monday, as a pair of TV mainstays celebrate anniversaries today."Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The women of Melrose Place celebrate the show's 150th episode by toying with the men, as a pregnant Alison has some wedding-day surprises for Jake, Amanda bilks Craig, a dying Kimberly isn't too sick to trap Michael in a web of pity, and Sidney charms Carter out of his billionaire software empire. Tough breaks. Fox."Mr. Rhodes" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1996
The parade of beautiful people continues on "Melrose Place," although now the show is borrowing them from its nighttime soap predecessors -- in this case, "Knots Landing.""National Geographic Presents" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Puma, Lion of the Andes" tracks a big cat named Penny through two years of living and raising young in the mountains of South America. NBC."Dangerous Minds" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Super-teacher Louanne takes an unpopular stand when she sticks up for a convicted child molester.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | July 22, 1992
Los Angeles -- "Melrose Place," the new twentysomething show from Fox, is more than just the hit of summer television. It's a harbinger of what viewers are going to be seeing all over the tube this fall in the form of ensemble shows aimed at and featuring persons in their 20s.The show is created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, the team behind "Beverly Hills 90210." And, just as they initially did with that hit show for teens, lots of critics are trying to dismiss "Melrose Place" as glossy and superficial TV.A recent press conference here on the fall preview press tour, for example, opened with a critic sarcastically asking Star and the eight members of the cast, "What is the difference between this show and any of the 10,000 other ensemble dramas this fall about angst-ridden, beautiful 20-year-olds?"
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By Orange County Register | September 22, 1994
The Gap did it for "Melrose Place." Now Express has put the cast of "Melrose Place" spinoff "Models Inc." in its blue jeans, then hung large blowups of the jeans-clad cast in store windows. The men wear jeans from Structure, the brother store of Express.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 2, 1996
Why so many repeats tonight? Because the November ratings sweeps, the competitive period in which audience levels are used to set advertising rates for the next few months, just ended. The stakes are lower now; accordingly, so is the level of programming."Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45 ) -- Here's one show offering a first-run episode tonight, though -- one that continues the story line about Amanda's quest to reclaim something she's lost recently: her backbone. Fox."Oops!
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article | November 25, 1996
The last Monday night of the November sweeps has all the usual ingredients: the standard lineup on CBS, a strong football game on ABC and a tossaway made-for-TV movie on NBC. However, viewers should turn to PBS and HBO."Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- "Melrose Place" has been slowly but steadily improving, and tonight's show finally sets Amanda (Heather Locklear) back on a course that makes her more vamp than wimp."Nova: Odyssey of Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67)
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