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By New York Daily News | December 3, 1992
Diane Sawyer and "PrimeTime Live" have won the Fergie chase. They'll get the first big TV interview with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, since her headline-emblazing split last summer from Prince Andrew and her topless kissing romp with her financial adviser.The interview, which will air next Thursday on "PrimeTime Live," was conducted yesterday in Warsaw, where Fergie is visiting cancer-stricken children.NBC's Maria Shriver had a long-standing commitment from Fergie to do an interview, but Ms. Shriver was unable to fly overseas at this time because she's recovering from viral meningitis.
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By David Zurawik | May 4, 2005
ABC confirmed yesterday that tonight's Primetime Live (airing at 10 on WMAR, Channel 2) will include allegations by a former contestant that Paula Abdul, one of three judges on the hit Fox series American Idol, helped him advance in the talent show competition as a result of a sexual relationship. According to the network, tonight's report will include an answering machine message with what former contestant Corey Clark identifies as Abdul's voice imploring him not to talk about her to the media.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | December 19, 1991
The woman who accused William Kennedy Smith of raping her last March will allow herself to be identified and her face shown during an interview tonight with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "Primetime Live.""The woman will discuss the events of the past month and how they have affected her life," Rena Terracuso, a spokeswoman for the show, said yesterday. She declined to discuss specifics about the content of the interview, but said it would be the first segment on tonight's show (10 p.m., Channel 13)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 29, 1999
Not since Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer were forced to share an anchor desk for the debut of "PrimeTime Live" have I seen chemistry as awful as that of Nancy Travis and Kevin Pollak in the new CBS sitcom "Work With Me."I kept wondering who would be crazy enough to stick with the casting after they saw the two actors on screen together, and then I found out the co-executive producers were Travis, Pollak, and Pollak's wife, Lucy Webb. Why do I think a more impartial group of producers might have seen things more clearly?
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 22, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- ABC brought in Diane Sawyer from New York and Sam Donaldson from Washington in hopes of convincing television critics gathered here how great things were going for "Primetime Live" and how much Donaldson and Sawyer loved each other.Only the script didn't play the way it was written.For one thing, the executive producer of the show, Richard N. Kaplan, wound up having to confirm rumors of layoffs at "Primetime Live.""I'm not going to deal in numbers," he said. "But it's not a large percentage of our program.
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By Marc Gunther and Marc Gunther,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 19, 1994
Television viewers are sending the networks a strong message during the early weeks of the 1994-1995 TV season: They've had enough of prime-time newsmagazines.Every prime-time news program on the networks, from the venerable "60 Minutes" on CBS to the thrice-a-week "Dateline" on NBC, is reaching fewer viewers than it did a year ago.Hourlong dramas, in contrast, are flourishing. NBC's "ER" is the hottest new show of the season, ABC's "NYPD Blue" had its highest rating ever last week and NBC's "Law and Order" is out-polling two news programs.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | February 10, 1994
It looks like "Homicide" will get renewed by NBC, but there's a possibility that Baltimore could get the boot.Filming the critically acclaimed show at production facilities in West Coast was one of the scenarios reportedly discussed during talks this week between NBC program executives and "Homicide" producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, according to sources.The difference to Baltimore between "Homicide" filming here or not could be as much as $15.4 million this year, according to figures from the Maryland Film Commission.
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By KEVIN THOMAS | April 16, 1995
Howard County Police Chief James Robey won't be winning any Academy Awards in the near future.His recent performance on the ABC news show "PrimeTime Live" will hereafter be known as one of the more embarrassing moments in county police history.The segment focused on an allegedly botched rape case. But the real revelations seemed to come with Chief Robey's display of a startling insensitivity to the victim and little or no appreciation of the public's likely reaction.The facts of the case are very much in dispute.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 23, 1997
A federal jury in Greensboro, N.C., awarded the Food Lion supermarket chain yesterday more than $5.5 million in punitive damages from ABC and two of its employees in a case that focused on the propriety of TV news techniques like hidden cameras and undercover reporters.Last month, the same panel ordered ABC to pay $1,400 in actual damages to Food Lion after finding that network producers had trespassed and committed fraud when researching a "PrimeTime Live" segment in 1992 that accused the company of selling spoiled meat.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1995
It's the freshest night of the new season so far. Count 'em: Four new series make their first showing and season premieres also arrive on "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Ellen," "Grace Under Fire," "Dave's World" and "PrimeTime Live." Even Walter Cronkite returns on cable!* "That Barbershop Sound!" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- More than 1,000 Marylanders are regularly involved in producing the vocal harmonies highlighted in this special. Host and Sun columnist Dan Rodricks introduces a number of Maryland singers in rehearsal and performance, including the Chorus of the Chesapeake, the Dundalk Sweet Adelines, the Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble, the Knights of Harmony and the Sons of the Severn.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 23, 1997
A federal jury in Greensboro, N.C., awarded the Food Lion supermarket chain yesterday more than $5.5 million in punitive damages from ABC and two of its employees in a case that focused on the propriety of TV news techniques like hidden cameras and undercover reporters.Last month, the same panel ordered ABC to pay $1,400 in actual damages to Food Lion after finding that network producers had trespassed and committed fraud when researching a "PrimeTime Live" segment in 1992 that accused the company of selling spoiled meat.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1997
It's a battle of the titanic egos, as Sam Donaldson and Dick Morris sit across from each other on "PrimeTime Live" tonight.State of the State Address (noon-1 p.m., repeats 11: 30 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Gov. Parris Glendening tells us the state of our state."Grace Under Fire" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Poor Grace. First, she finds her new boarder is a stripper. Then her son finds one of her old book reports, submits it as his own and gets a lousy grade. ABC."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1996
Poor ABC if only they could make their shows better simply by juggling the lineup."Grace Under Fire" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- It's a new time period but the same old Grace, as Ms. Kelly continues her educational pursuits. But is it funny? ABC."The Story of Santa Claus" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A toy maker named Nicholas Claus (voice of Ed Asner) starts the tradition of giving children toys for Christmas. And the world's retailers have never been able to thank him enough.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1996
That Jenny McCarthy, she's everywhere including NBC tonight."Fox After Breakfast" (9 a.m.-10 a.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Ross Perot lets the gang into his office for a tour of what Fox calls "an extensive Americana collection." Wonder what Bob the Puppet will think about this? Fox."The Drew Carey Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Drew and Lisa (Katy Selverstone) decide to move in together. Problem is, Lisa brings considerable baggage along, of the four-legged kind. ABC."The 30th Annual CMA Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1996
It's season premiere time on Fox. Hoo-ray."Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Racism rears its ugly head in tonight's seventh season opener, as Brandon travels the roads of Texas and encounters bigots. Social issues on "90210"? Hmmm Fox."The Faculty" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Assistant Principal Flynn (Meredith Baxter) dates the school janitor. Sound like your school? ABC."Grace Under Fire" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) --Grace is visited by the ghost of her dead father (Darren McGavin)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
Season-enders for "Ellen" and "Grace Under Fire" top tonight's schedule."Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a show that gets a little too silly for its own good, Ellen tries to stop Paige's wedding. But the good news: The show finally has an honest-to-goodness opening sequence, unveiled tonight. ABC."National Geographic Presents" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge" offers a fascinating look at life during the brief summer of Lancaster Sound, in the Canadian Arctic.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1995
Him again? Cal's back -- and tonight's game is on WJZ, Channel 13, so all viewers can see him move past Lou Gehrig to capture baseball's record for good attendance. ABC's Sam Donaldson also returns from cancer treatment for a notable interview on "PrimeTime Live."* "Orioles Baseball" (7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is it! And if you have to ask "what?" you must have been living on another planet. Cal Ripken Jr. is expected to set a new consecutive-games-played record of 2,131 tonight at Camden Yards.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1995
Did you know 40 million people in the United States can claim ancestry from the land of Erin? A lush, new PBS documentary tracing the Irish immigration experience reaches television tonight, after winning awards at numerous film festivals.* "Party for the Planet" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Jane Seymour, Chris Evert, Paula Poundstone, David Hasselhof, Jonathan Brandis and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are among the guests on a special from Sea World and Busch Gardens in Florida that celebrates what youngsters are doing to save the environment.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1995
It's the freshest night of the new season so far. Count 'em: Four new series make their first showing and season premieres also arrive on "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Ellen," "Grace Under Fire," "Dave's World" and "PrimeTime Live." Even Walter Cronkite returns on cable!* "That Barbershop Sound!" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- More than 1,000 Marylanders are regularly involved in producing the vocal harmonies highlighted in this special. Host and Sun columnist Dan Rodricks introduces a number of Maryland singers in rehearsal and performance, including the Chorus of the Chesapeake, the Dundalk Sweet Adelines, the Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble, the Knights of Harmony and the Sons of the Severn.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1995
Him again? Cal's back -- and tonight's game is on WJZ, Channel 13, so all viewers can see him move past Lou Gehrig to capture baseball's record for good attendance. ABC's Sam Donaldson also returns from cancer treatment for a notable interview on "PrimeTime Live."* "Orioles Baseball" (7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is it! And if you have to ask "what?" you must have been living on another planet. Cal Ripken Jr. is expected to set a new consecutive-games-played record of 2,131 tonight at Camden Yards.
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