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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 17, 1995
Bye bye "Bye Bye, Love," I think you're going to die.Not so much a movie as three bad sitcom pilots in search of a network contract (Fox to "Bye Bye, Love": Drop Dead), the new "divorced dads" film crams farce, hi-jinx, dates from hell, burned casseroles, bald emotion and bad writing into a very long couple of hours. It even has time for commercials: It's mostly set at a McDonald's and those wonderful McDonaldland products are strewn throughout. In fact, if anyone here gets an Oscar nomination, it'll be . . . Ronald McDonald!
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2011
Few films in movie history — and maybe no other film by a first-time writer-director — proved to be the breakthrough moment for as many talents as a made-in-Baltimore comedy-drama called "Diner. " Viewers still respond to all the people in it, not as old friends but as fresh discoveries. That seductive fellow with the voice that flows as fluidly as his pompadour — my God, it's Mickey Rourke. That gal with the asymmetrically alluring mouth and the heartbreaking way with a line — could it be Ellen Barkin?
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 20, 1997
If there is one season finale worth going out of your way to see in a week that's wall-to-wall with them, it's "The Birth" on tonight's "Mad About You."I stopped getting excited about television moms having babies about 20 years ago when it started to become a ratings ploy pattern for May "sweeps." So, I sat down to watch this episode armed and dangerously cynical.I walked away a believer -- believing Paul Reiser & Co. might just make this baby thing work. "The Birth" is funny, irreverent and sophisticated, with only one moment of over-the-top schmaltz near the end.It is not the funniest sitcom episode of the year.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 4, 2005
Young, neurotic and living in New York. That was NBC's winning formula throughout the 1990s as it dominated the other networks and produced such popular - and sophisticated - sitcoms as Friends, Seinfeld, Mad About You and Caroline in the City. Desperate for a successor to Friends, the network tonight tries to squeeze one more hit out of the by-now well-worn premise with Committed. Instead, what emerges is a painful reminder of how few laughs there are in the NBC prime-time lineup. While there are promising moments in Committed, overall its producers and writers are trying too hard to recapture the magic of sitcoms gone by. Their timidity and lack of originality comes just as other networks - think Fox and Arrested Development - are developing new comedic models.
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By Laura Lippman and M. Dion Thompson | April 8, 1998
Another day, another mega-merger.But this time, the mother of all mega-mergers: Citicorp and Travelers Group, combining under one umbrella as the inventively named Citigroup Inc. It's a deal valued at more than twice that of any previous corporate marriage - at last count, $80 billion and rising.Yes, $80 billion - truly an unfathomable amount of money. So, in the interest of fathoming, we got out our calculators, and figured out that for $80 billion you could:* Give each of the estimated 76 million baby boomers a cool $1,052 apiece to ease that Social Security crunch.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 18, 1994
CBS, the last network to detail its fall schedule, finally unveiled its plans yesterday, which makes the viewing patterns for September much more clear. What it means, basically, is that the summertime TV blues, currently alleviated only by NBC's "TV Nation," are about to wane. One week from tonight, ABC premieres "My So-Called Life," the best and most realistic family drama series in years. Tonight, though, what we're faced with is Our So-Called TV Schedule, and there's not much.* "Mad About You."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 10, 1994
All things come to those who wait: Specific episodes of "The Simpsons" and "Seinfeld," bounced from the schedule a few weeks ago after the earthquake hit California, finally are presented tonight. Their descriptions may evoke feelings of deja vu, but trust me: The first chance to vu these two shows occurs tonight.* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another flashback episode, this one reaching back to the day Paul (Paul Reiser) proposed to Jamie (Helen Hunt). NBC.* "Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice" (8-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | August 6, 1996
Television is still suffering an Olympic hangover, as well as a stunning lack of new material. Why don't you read a book?"Rosie O'Donnell" (10 a.m.-11 a.m.) -- It's a good day to check out the new darling of daytime talk shows when Rosie quizzes Kurt Russell, who's back in action in "Escape From L.A.," and horror novelist Anne Rice."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The cute-couple comedy that had such relationship angst last season settles into its new time slot with a repeat in which Paul (Paul Reiser)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | May 19, 1992
NBC announced its fall schedule yesterday and there was good news for fans of quality drama: Rookie series "I'll Fly Away" and "Reasonable Doubts" were renewed. There was good news for fans of Norman Lear: His political satire "The Powers That Be" won a spot.But there was bad news, too: The sleaziest reality show yet, "I Witness Video," which features amateur videos of real-life murders and beatings, is going to be on every Sunday night at 9 come fall.Overall, demographics will be the name of the game at NBC next year.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 10, 1994
In the 1950s, Jack Nicholson toiled at a series of supporting roles on TV anthology dramas and episodic series. Now, in the '90s, he returns to television on his own terms, as the center-stage honoree of this year's American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. The one-hour special based on it, taped a week ago and shown tonight on CBS, is the evening's very best bet.* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On this new episode, Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) find a secret cache of letters written by a previous occupant -- a similar starting point to that presented, a few years ago, on an episode of "thirtysomething," when Hope (Mel Harris)
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By Laura Lippman and M. Dion Thompson | April 8, 1998
Another day, another mega-merger.But this time, the mother of all mega-mergers: Citicorp and Travelers Group, combining under one umbrella as the inventively named Citigroup Inc. It's a deal valued at more than twice that of any previous corporate marriage - at last count, $80 billion and rising.Yes, $80 billion - truly an unfathomable amount of money. So, in the interest of fathoming, we got out our calculators, and figured out that for $80 billion you could:* Give each of the estimated 76 million baby boomers a cool $1,052 apiece to ease that Social Security crunch.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 20, 1997
If there is one season finale worth going out of your way to see in a week that's wall-to-wall with them, it's "The Birth" on tonight's "Mad About You."I stopped getting excited about television moms having babies about 20 years ago when it started to become a ratings ploy pattern for May "sweeps." So, I sat down to watch this episode armed and dangerously cynical.I walked away a believer -- believing Paul Reiser & Co. might just make this baby thing work. "The Birth" is funny, irreverent and sophisticated, with only one moment of over-the-top schmaltz near the end.It is not the funniest sitcom episode of the year.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | August 6, 1996
Television is still suffering an Olympic hangover, as well as a stunning lack of new material. Why don't you read a book?"Rosie O'Donnell" (10 a.m.-11 a.m.) -- It's a good day to check out the new darling of daytime talk shows when Rosie quizzes Kurt Russell, who's back in action in "Escape From L.A.," and horror novelist Anne Rice."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The cute-couple comedy that had such relationship angst last season settles into its new time slot with a repeat in which Paul (Paul Reiser)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
How did Carl Reiner manage an Emmy nomination for a role he created more than 30 years ago? Check out tonight's "Mad About You" rerun, which salutes one of TV's funniest shows ever.* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Last season's cleverest single episode returns with Carl Reiner guest starring as Alan Brady. Remember? That's the fictional character he played on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966), and this episode imagines Brady was real, as Paul (Paul Reiser) asks the aging "star" to do a documentary on the history of TV. Mr. Reiner is up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy for the guest spot.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 17, 1995
Bye bye "Bye Bye, Love," I think you're going to die.Not so much a movie as three bad sitcom pilots in search of a network contract (Fox to "Bye Bye, Love": Drop Dead), the new "divorced dads" film crams farce, hi-jinx, dates from hell, burned casseroles, bald emotion and bad writing into a very long couple of hours. It even has time for commercials: It's mostly set at a McDonald's and those wonderful McDonaldland products are strewn throughout. In fact, if anyone here gets an Oscar nomination, it'll be . . . Ronald McDonald!
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 18, 1994
CBS, the last network to detail its fall schedule, finally unveiled its plans yesterday, which makes the viewing patterns for September much more clear. What it means, basically, is that the summertime TV blues, currently alleviated only by NBC's "TV Nation," are about to wane. One week from tonight, ABC premieres "My So-Called Life," the best and most realistic family drama series in years. Tonight, though, what we're faced with is Our So-Called TV Schedule, and there's not much.* "Mad About You."
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By New York Times News Service | October 20, 1992
Forget those decadent "Dallas" and "Dynasty" and "Falcon Crest" rich people of the 1970s and 1980s on television. Forget the never-never world of "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" and "Charlie's Angels." What's hot now, at least in television, are the gritty streets and the grittier characters of New York City.Never before have so many television series been set in New York in a single season -- but with a twist. Most of these shows with New York settings are actually filmed on Los Angeles studio lots because New York (which really means Manhattan to TV executives)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | January 13, 1994
Here is tonight's risk-free prescription for quality TV viewing: Take two "Seinfeld" episodes, one "Homicide" and one "Nightline." Then sleep well.* "Mad About You" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Cyndi Lauper may have had bad luck, and made some bad choices, when it came to accepting movie roles (and she has; remember "Vibes"?). However, she did fine when accepting a guest role on "Mad About You," as the freewheeling not-quite-ex-wife of Ira's. Like Annie Potts, she has a charismatic and natural way about her. The episode is a repeat and is the second of two "Mad About You" sitcoms shown in this kickoff hour.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 10, 1994
In the 1950s, Jack Nicholson toiled at a series of supporting roles on TV anthology dramas and episodic series. Now, in the '90s, he returns to television on his own terms, as the center-stage honoree of this year's American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. The one-hour special based on it, taped a week ago and shown tonight on CBS, is the evening's very best bet.* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On this new episode, Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) find a secret cache of letters written by a previous occupant -- a similar starting point to that presented, a few years ago, on an episode of "thirtysomething," when Hope (Mel Harris)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 10, 1994
All things come to those who wait: Specific episodes of "The Simpsons" and "Seinfeld," bounced from the schedule a few weeks ago after the earthquake hit California, finally are presented tonight. Their descriptions may evoke feelings of deja vu, but trust me: The first chance to vu these two shows occurs tonight.* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another flashback episode, this one reaching back to the day Paul (Paul Reiser) proposed to Jamie (Helen Hunt). NBC.* "Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice" (8-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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