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By Charles Haddad and Charles Haddad,Cox News Service | October 31, 1993
With John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart at his side, next spring Ted Turner will try to muscle his way onto another channel of your cable dial.Mr. Turner will launch Turner Classic Movies, his ninth channel, April 14, the 100th anniversary of the first commercial movie. The new Turner Broadcasting System channel will feature films 24 hours a day, without commercials.In going after the classic-movie niche on cable television, Mr. Turner faces a small but innovative competitor in American Movie Classics.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1999
Cable television companies in Baltimore and around the country have found a way to offer dozens of new channels -- and, with any luck, make bundles of money.It's called digital cable, and it could push television into a long-promised new era of movies on demand, Internet links and new specialized channels.The cable industry is also hoping digital cable can entice customers to pay more for monthly service and prevent them from defecting to direct broadcast satellite (DBS) companies like DirecTV Inc., which have begun to erode cable's share of the pay-TV market.
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By Kansas City Star | June 16, 1993
It could be the answer to a movie lover's prayers.This summer the country's two premium movies-only cable channels, Movie Channel and Cinemax, are showing films like there's no tomorrow.The Movie Channel is running what it calls "the biggest, no-repeat movie marathon in TV history." It will show 423 movies this month without repeating one.Cinemax is in the early stretch of a four-month "Summer of 1,001 movies." The entire Cinemax inventory of movie titles for this year consists of only 1,500 titles.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | November 26, 1997
One of filmdom's most compelling failures gets an airing tonight on The Movie Channel.Back in 1980, movie fans couldn't wait to see what director Stanley Kubrick would do with Stephen King's "The Shining" (9 p.m.-11: 25 p.m.), especially when the preview trailer showed an image that seemed to promise all sorts of macabre visions: a bleeding elevator.What they got when the film was released were some beautiful set pieces and sensational images.Unfortunately, there wasn't much of a story to surround all the wonderful pictures.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | November 26, 1997
One of filmdom's most compelling failures gets an airing tonight on The Movie Channel.Back in 1980, movie fans couldn't wait to see what director Stanley Kubrick would do with Stephen King's "The Shining" (9 p.m.-11: 25 p.m.), especially when the preview trailer showed an image that seemed to promise all sorts of macabre visions: a bleeding elevator.What they got when the film was released were some beautiful set pieces and sensational images.Unfortunately, there wasn't much of a story to surround all the wonderful pictures.
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July 9, 1994
Texas charter airline shuts downUltrAir, which has been a luxury airline, a charter airline and a no-frills airline in its brief lifetime, will be a grounded airline Wednesday.Formed in Houston in January 1993 from the remnants of a charter carrier, UltrAir began as an upscale airline catering to frequent business travelers. It suspended scheduled operations in July 1993 and flew only charters until November, when it re-emerged as a no-frills airline.UltrAir said competition from the major carriers along the East Coast "has made it economically unviable" to continue serving four Florida cities from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and that its other flights, to Mobile and Birmingham, Ala., never "matured."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
Of all the dozens of vampire films made over the years -- and there have been plenty, enough to warrant their own recently published video guide -- one of the best shows up on The Movie Channel this afternoon."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 22, 1994
On tonight's TV lineup, cable's where the action is. Broadcast TV, on the other hand, is where the reruns are.* "Encounters: The Hidden Truth" (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This is one show that isn't a network rerun tonight -- but when it's not worth watching the first time around, what's the difference? One of tonight's reports concerns people who allegedly received skin implants from outer-space aliens. The good news is, these doctors make house calls. The bad news, I guess, is that the skin is a different color, and it's not easy being green.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 14, 1997
Who says Superman is invulnerable?"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Proving there are things even more dangerous than Kryptonite, low ratings do in Superman. The series wraps up its four-year run tonight, as Supes and Lois (Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher) worry that they may not be able to have a child (incompatible biologies, apparently). Meanwhile, Harry Anderson is the bad guy du jour, Dr. "Fat Head" Mensa, bent on using his considerable telekinetic powers for evil.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1995
The guest players offer the most interest in a trio of series repeats, while Barbara Walters scores another "get" in the competitive magazine show game and a Maryland poet takes to the national spotlight on PBS.* "Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This repeat offers a three-generation tableau, as regulars Dick and Barry Van Dyke, father and son, are joined by grandson Carey, as a surfer. Pernell Roberts and Dyan Cannon also guest. CBS.* "Tales From the Crypt" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1997
It must be Mark Curry night on television, as his series returns to the ABC schedule and Fox repeats his stint as host on "Mad TV.""Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Brian Dennehy is Reed, an "honest real-life Chicago cop" whose partner is killed while protecting a young woman from assassins. So Reed and his wife (Susan Ruttan) take the woman under their wing while trying to get to the bottom of what everyone believes was a drug-related killing. Was it?
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 14, 1997
Who says Superman is invulnerable?"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Proving there are things even more dangerous than Kryptonite, low ratings do in Superman. The series wraps up its four-year run tonight, as Supes and Lois (Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher) worry that they may not be able to have a child (incompatible biologies, apparently). Meanwhile, Harry Anderson is the bad guy du jour, Dr. "Fat Head" Mensa, bent on using his considerable telekinetic powers for evil.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
Of all the dozens of vampire films made over the years -- and there have been plenty, enough to warrant their own recently published video guide -- one of the best shows up on The Movie Channel this afternoon."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
Unfortunately, there's no "EZ Streets" tonight, as CBS has deep-sixed the critically praised but ratings-panned series (it ranked 110th out of 151 series). Viewers looking for a poor substitute may watch the repeat of "Walker, Texas Ranger" at 10 p.m. instead."The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m.) and "Temporarily Yours" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Earthy, wise-cracking New York gals show us all how it's done, and thank goodness for that. First, The Woman With the Most Irritating Voice in the World is jealous of her high school rival, who's been cast in Maxwell's new play.
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By Chris Kaltenbach JTC and Chris Kaltenbach JTC,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1997
Here's a chance to see if the critics know what they're talking about when they praise "EZ Streets." They can't all be out of their minds."Grace Under Fire" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Quentin accidentally shoots at Wade, and Grace finds out just how loopy all the neighbors think her family is. ABC."NewsRadio" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from November, James Caan plays James Caan, dropping by the station to do a little character research. NBC."Live From Lincoln Center" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1997
It may seem a little warm for March, but there's still plenty of ice on the tube. Check out CBS tonight."Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "River-dance" star Flatley performs in his own Irish dance-and-music spectacular. (Times are approximate; remember, it's pledge time.) PBS."Star Trek: Voyager" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Capt. Janeway and the gang finally make it back to Earth; only problem is, it's 20th-century Earth, where they have to prevent an egotistical jerk of a computer genius from tampering with the future and ending life as everyone's come to know it. If you saw this two-parter when it aired in November, you know whether the world survives.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1996
A movie cherished by everyone who's ever loved a VW Beetle (come on, you know who you are) kicks off today's lineup."The Love Bug" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) As a VW owner for 15 years, this is one movie I can identify with, as Dean Jones uses his beloved Beetle to try to win a road race. This first film has a charm that the sequels never managed to recapture, and Herbie is one fantastic VW. Of course, like Herbie, all Beetles have a mind of their own. Just ask anybody who's ever driven one."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1995
Happy 80th birthday, Mr. Sinatra.* "Saved by the Light" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Once a young actor of considerable promise, now known primarily as Julia Roberts' older brother, Eric Roberts stars in this story of a disagreeable sort who changes his ways after being struck by lightning and spending 30 minutes clinically dead. In films from "Star 80" to "Runaway Train" to "The Coca-Cola Kid," Mr. Roberts has almost invariably played two characters, either a dangerous creepazoid only one step above pond scum or a guy who attended one too many acting classes.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 1, 1997
Tonight, get a sneak peak at the show that should keep ABC a force to be reckoned with on late-night TV, even after "Nightline" signs off."The Drew Carey Show" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This repeat of the season opener is funny enough by itself, but the opening production number, in which Drew, Mimi and the gang shake it to the tune of "Five O'Clock World," is a classic. ABC."Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Welcome to one of the great premises of TV history: Get four people together from disparate backgrounds -- actors, politicians, athletes, journalists, fly-by-night celebrities -- and have them mouth off about current events.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1996
The smart money's on "Nova" tonight. Check it out."Voters Ask '96" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Second District Congressional candidates Robert Ehrlich and Connie DeJuliis square off, answering questions posed by the League of Women Voters. Jeff Salkin moderates."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Paul and Jamie's baby isn't even here yet, and already it's making trouble. See, Paul and Ira (John Pankow) seem to have misplaced Paul's father, a situation that's threatening to make Paul late for a doctor's appointment where he and Jamie will first hear the kid's heartbeat.
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