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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 24, 1994
Tonight's TV lineup includes one series premiere, and the season premieres of a bunch of shows that, for the most part, aren't anything about which to get excited. It is, however, the night of the season's first edition of "Saturday Night Live," with a guest host and musical guest who shouldn't be missed.* "Law of the Lion" (7-8 p.m., Channel 45) -- In the wake of the Michael Fay case, Fox 45 presents an hourlong special comparing law enforcement in Singapore with that of the United States.
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,NEWSDAY | April 3, 2007
The way the media are chattering this week, it seems all TV glory emanates from The Sopranos. The tube as we know it has been changed forever by the daring, depth and resonance of HBO's returning series king. In the concluding days of its reign, this tale of two types of "family" is being anointed with every superlative known to the critical class. All of it, of course, magnificently earned. The Sopranos stands as timelessly acute entertainment -- a modern American Shakespearean play. There's so much to admire, to savor, to treasure, to revisit.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1995
With Mother's Day looming, that basic bonding of the blood -- the family -- is all over the schedule tonight. But not all the relationships are as functional as the ideal.* "Regis & Kathie Lee's Mom's Dream Come True Special" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Did you know Kathie Lee Gifford is a mother? Truly! Turns out the Bowie native has two kids of her own, Cody and Cassidy. OK, enough sarcasm. You pretty much know what to expect from the title: the talk show hosts grant some wishes to special mothers.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 7, 2003
Last year at this time, I described the pilot for The Shield as more intense than the late, great NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street, saying that's about as intense as you want your cop dramas to get. The Shield returns for the start of its second season tonight, and the news is that it has ratcheted the intensity even higher. In fact, the two-episode story arc that starts tonight on cable channel FX is more violent, visceral, brilliant, troubling and in-your-face than the acclaimed episode of HBO's The Sopranos this year that featured Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini)
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,NEWSDAY | April 3, 2007
The way the media are chattering this week, it seems all TV glory emanates from The Sopranos. The tube as we know it has been changed forever by the daring, depth and resonance of HBO's returning series king. In the concluding days of its reign, this tale of two types of "family" is being anointed with every superlative known to the critical class. All of it, of course, magnificently earned. The Sopranos stands as timelessly acute entertainment -- a modern American Shakespearean play. There's so much to admire, to savor, to treasure, to revisit.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | November 12, 1994
It looks like the best offering on TV tonight is "Saturday Night Live" -- and how long has it been since that happened? It's partly because R.E.M. is on "SNL," and partly because it's such a slow night.* "Sweet Justice" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- NBC is doing everything it can to dress up this two-hour episode of "Sweet Justice." It's given it a new title -- "Love Kills" -- a lot of promotion, and then quickly referring to it as a "special 'Sweet Justice' movie." A series episode, by any other name, is just that, even during the November sweeps.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2000
NBC rolls out two new sitcoms for its "must-see" Thursday lineup -- maybe this means the network bigwigs have finally admitted neither "Jesse" nor "Stark Raving Mad" is going to cut it -- and they may actually have a hit with one of them. But first, let's talk about "Daddio." Mining laughs from a stay-at-home dad who doesn't seem to quite fit in with the moms (original concept, huh?), "Daddio" stars Michael Chiklis ("The Commish") as Michael Woods, who finds himself thrust into the mommy's role when his wife, Linda (Anita Barone)
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 12, 1992
Jeffrey Meek, who plays the title character of CBS' "Raven," was struggling to explain how Jonathan Raven differs from the action heroes of the past."He's not like a Bond character who enjoys how cool he is. This character has tons of angst over the destruction he's wreaked."When did Raven stop wreaking destruction?Mr. Meek hesitated: "I guess when the show started."TV is so powerful, it can reform the most macho hero. The hairy-chested, two-fisted crime-stopper show, in which a handsome leading man (once a cowboy, now a cop or private eye)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 7, 2003
Last year at this time, I described the pilot for The Shield as more intense than the late, great NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street, saying that's about as intense as you want your cop dramas to get. The Shield returns for the start of its second season tonight, and the news is that it has ratcheted the intensity even higher. In fact, the two-episode story arc that starts tonight on cable channel FX is more violent, visceral, brilliant, troubling and in-your-face than the acclaimed episode of HBO's The Sopranos this year that featured Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini)
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January 10, 2006
Michael Chiklis (above) stars as corrupt cop Vic Mackey in the fifth-season premiere of The Shield (10 p.m.-11 p.m., FX).
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2000
NBC rolls out two new sitcoms for its "must-see" Thursday lineup -- maybe this means the network bigwigs have finally admitted neither "Jesse" nor "Stark Raving Mad" is going to cut it -- and they may actually have a hit with one of them. But first, let's talk about "Daddio." Mining laughs from a stay-at-home dad who doesn't seem to quite fit in with the moms (original concept, huh?), "Daddio" stars Michael Chiklis ("The Commish") as Michael Woods, who finds himself thrust into the mommy's role when his wife, Linda (Anita Barone)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1995
With Mother's Day looming, that basic bonding of the blood -- the family -- is all over the schedule tonight. But not all the relationships are as functional as the ideal.* "Regis & Kathie Lee's Mom's Dream Come True Special" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Did you know Kathie Lee Gifford is a mother? Truly! Turns out the Bowie native has two kids of her own, Cody and Cassidy. OK, enough sarcasm. You pretty much know what to expect from the title: the talk show hosts grant some wishes to special mothers.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | November 12, 1994
It looks like the best offering on TV tonight is "Saturday Night Live" -- and how long has it been since that happened? It's partly because R.E.M. is on "SNL," and partly because it's such a slow night.* "Sweet Justice" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- NBC is doing everything it can to dress up this two-hour episode of "Sweet Justice." It's given it a new title -- "Love Kills" -- a lot of promotion, and then quickly referring to it as a "special 'Sweet Justice' movie." A series episode, by any other name, is just that, even during the November sweeps.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | September 24, 1994
Tonight's TV lineup includes one series premiere, and the season premieres of a bunch of shows that, for the most part, aren't anything about which to get excited. It is, however, the night of the season's first edition of "Saturday Night Live," with a guest host and musical guest who shouldn't be missed.* "Law of the Lion" (7-8 p.m., Channel 45) -- In the wake of the Michael Fay case, Fox 45 presents an hourlong special comparing law enforcement in Singapore with that of the United States.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 12, 1992
Jeffrey Meek, who plays the title character of CBS' "Raven," was struggling to explain how Jonathan Raven differs from the action heroes of the past."He's not like a Bond character who enjoys how cool he is. This character has tons of angst over the destruction he's wreaked."When did Raven stop wreaking destruction?Mr. Meek hesitated: "I guess when the show started."TV is so powerful, it can reform the most macho hero. The hairy-chested, two-fisted crime-stopper show, in which a handsome leading man (once a cowboy, now a cop or private eye)
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September 16, 2003
Alias star Jennifer Garner and a trio of past winners lead the latest round of Emmy presenter announcements. Last year's best actor and actress in a drama series, Michael Chiklis and Allison Janney, and four-time best actor winner Dennis Franz will also give out shiny golden trophies. The Emmys will air on Fox at 8 p.m. Sunday. Both Chiklis and Janney are nominated again this year. After eight straight years with nominations, this is Franz's second straight season without recognition for NYPD Blue.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | November 25, 2008
After seven seasons, The Shield comes to an end tonight on FX. And I am surprised at how little emotion I feel about the finale. Once upon a time, I was crazy about this cop drama and its lead character, rogue LAPD detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). I have freely acknowledged before that the pleasure I took in The Shield was probably not a good thing in that all its raw-edge violence was clearly speaking anger to rage. And I was the red-hot receptor. Still, it was compelling to watch Mackey and his renegade cops run roughshod over the urban mayhem of Los Angeles' nasty side.
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