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By Steve McKerrow | March 4, 1991
OK, everybody probably remembers the phrase "nanu, nanu," and maybe even the Vulcan-like hand gesture that went with it. It means "goodbye" in the language of the planet Ork. But who remembers the other word which every kid in school seemed to be saying following the 1978 splashdown of "Mork & Mindy" on ABC?We'll tell you in a minute, after noting reruns of the four-season Robin Williams sitcom join the Nick at Nite nightly cable lineup tonight with two episodes at 8 and 8:30.The series, of course, told the story of space alien Mork (Williams)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
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By David Zurawik | June 10, 2001
For all the buzz about what great interviews James Lipton does on his acclaimed "Inside the Actors Studio" series, his encounter with Robin Williams tonight gives precious little insight into Williams' history, inner life or psyche. Nevertheless, this is two hours of TV talking heads that you don't want to miss. While Williams reveals hardly anything about who he really is, the mesmerizing, manic extremes to which he goes during the session in an effort to avoid serious conversation make for one of the greatest, most insane improv performances in the history of cable television.
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By Michael Hill | August 12, 2014
They were called "round-robins" - a way of dividing up the stars of the new television season and the hundred or so critics who had come to Los Angeles to interview them. Instead of one unwieldy gathering, the critics divided into three groups and the stars rotated through. Maybe stars isn't the right word. These were actors on shows that had yet to air who hoped to become stars. The year was 1978, and I was the new TV critic for The Evening Sun on my first West Coast network tour, a biannual event.
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April 3, 2006
On March 29, 2006, HELEN SUEROSENSTEIN; loving wife of Robert Rosenstein; mother of Steven and David Rosenstein; sister of Barbara Mork and Ruth Lynn Kosiner; grandmother of Anya and Logan Rosenstein. Memorial Services will be held at WITZKE FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, 21045, on Wednesday at 11 A.M.
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By Mike Duffy and Mike Duffy,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 6, 1993
Don't expect Mork from Ork when Robin Williams guest stars on "Homicide."The low-rated, highly acclaimed NBC police drama has just finished filming four new episodes in Baltimore for airing in early 1994. And Mr. Williams was lured back to prime-time TV for a brief visit by "Homicide" executive producer Barry Levinson, who'd directed Mr. Williams to movie stardom in "Good Morning Vietnam."It will be Mr. Williams' first acting appearance on TV since "Mork & Mindy."No jokes this time, though.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Robin Williams was one of the most original, daring and troubled comedians to ever work in television. When he first burst on the screen, you held your breath as you watched him dance out there on a manic tightrope of improvisation. But after a while, you stopped wondering how he did it and learned to just enjoy the high of seeing him soar. The 63-year-old comedian and actor was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. The cause of death is suspected to be suicide by asphyxiation, according to the Marin County coroner's office.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 21, 2002
Let us have fantasy, boldness, unexpectedness, enchantment," Georges Bizet once wrote. "Above all, tenderness." The composer would have found all five qualities - to varying, but always traceable, degrees - Saturday night at the Kennedy Center as the Washington Opera revived its 1995 production of Carmen. Breathing new life into Bizet's masterpiece, let alone generating boldness and enchantment in the process, requires a lot more than rounding up some good singers and a collection of Spanish fans.
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By Michael Hill | August 12, 2014
They were called "round-robins" - a way of dividing up the stars of the new television season and the hundred or so critics who had come to Los Angeles to interview them. Instead of one unwieldy gathering, the critics divided into three groups and the stars rotated through. Maybe stars isn't the right word. These were actors on shows that had yet to air who hoped to become stars. The year was 1978, and I was the new TV critic for The Evening Sun on my first West Coast network tour, a biannual event.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Robin Williams was one of the most original, daring and troubled comedians to ever work in television. When he first burst on the screen, you held your breath as you watched him dance out there on a manic tightrope of improvisation. But after a while, you stopped wondering how he did it and learned to just enjoy the high of seeing him soar. The 63-year-old comedian and actor was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. The cause of death is suspected to be suicide by asphyxiation, according to the Marin County coroner's office.
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April 3, 2006
On March 29, 2006, HELEN SUEROSENSTEIN; loving wife of Robert Rosenstein; mother of Steven and David Rosenstein; sister of Barbara Mork and Ruth Lynn Kosiner; grandmother of Anya and Logan Rosenstein. Memorial Services will be held at WITZKE FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, 21045, on Wednesday at 11 A.M.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 21, 2002
Let us have fantasy, boldness, unexpectedness, enchantment," Georges Bizet once wrote. "Above all, tenderness." The composer would have found all five qualities - to varying, but always traceable, degrees - Saturday night at the Kennedy Center as the Washington Opera revived its 1995 production of Carmen. Breathing new life into Bizet's masterpiece, let alone generating boldness and enchantment in the process, requires a lot more than rounding up some good singers and a collection of Spanish fans.
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By David Zurawik | June 10, 2001
For all the buzz about what great interviews James Lipton does on his acclaimed "Inside the Actors Studio" series, his encounter with Robin Williams tonight gives precious little insight into Williams' history, inner life or psyche. Nevertheless, this is two hours of TV talking heads that you don't want to miss. While Williams reveals hardly anything about who he really is, the mesmerizing, manic extremes to which he goes during the session in an effort to avoid serious conversation make for one of the greatest, most insane improv performances in the history of cable television.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 15, 1996
Millions of American kids are going to meet a new television mom tonight when ABC premieres "Aliens in the Family " at 9 on WMAR (Channel 2). So, real moms best be prepared to be judged against her and found wanting.Her name is Cookie and she has an I.Q. of 5,000. She also has blue foam baffles where her ears should be and just quit her job as a recombinant DNA scientist on another planet.Cookie was a single mom with three kids until recently, when she abducted an Earth guy named Doug Brody a single dad with two kids who is so ordinary and middle-class that he could be the brother of ALF's Willie Tanner or the father of Mork's Mindy McConnell.
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By Mike Duffy and Mike Duffy,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 6, 1993
Don't expect Mork from Ork when Robin Williams guest stars on "Homicide."The low-rated, highly acclaimed NBC police drama has just finished filming four new episodes in Baltimore for airing in early 1994. And Mr. Williams was lured back to prime-time TV for a brief visit by "Homicide" executive producer Barry Levinson, who'd directed Mr. Williams to movie stardom in "Good Morning Vietnam."It will be Mr. Williams' first acting appearance on TV since "Mork & Mindy."No jokes this time, though.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 15, 1996
Millions of American kids are going to meet a new television mom tonight when ABC premieres "Aliens in the Family " at 9 on WMAR (Channel 2). So, real moms best be prepared to be judged against her and found wanting.Her name is Cookie and she has an I.Q. of 5,000. She also has blue foam baffles where her ears should be and just quit her job as a recombinant DNA scientist on another planet.Cookie was a single mom with three kids until recently, when she abducted an Earth guy named Doug Brody a single dad with two kids who is so ordinary and middle-class that he could be the brother of ALF's Willie Tanner or the father of Mork's Mindy McConnell.
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August 4, 2005
"Grab your Walkman, and make sure you bring extra duct tape. You'll need it to make sure that gigantic weight hanging off your side doesn't fall and crash to the ground, and blast the Huey Lewis." "Go for some Fruit Roll-Ups. Make sure to separate the cellophane from the equally toxic candied sheet. The cellophane's probably healthier to eat." "Cool off. Take a dip with some Snorks at your local pool. Snork it up, seriously." "Guys, put on your rainbow-striped Mork suspenders, and make sure the lady in your life wears shoulder pads.
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By Steve McKerrow | March 4, 1991
OK, everybody probably remembers the phrase "nanu, nanu," and maybe even the Vulcan-like hand gesture that went with it. It means "goodbye" in the language of the planet Ork. But who remembers the other word which every kid in school seemed to be saying following the 1978 splashdown of "Mork & Mindy" on ABC?We'll tell you in a minute, after noting reruns of the four-season Robin Williams sitcom join the Nick at Nite nightly cable lineup tonight with two episodes at 8 and 8:30.The series, of course, told the story of space alien Mork (Williams)
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