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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
In 1994, at the age of 26, “Hairspray” sweetheart Ricki Lake had one of the hottest daytime talk shows in the history of television. With a daily audience of 5.8 million viewers after only one year on-air, “Ricki Lake” was second only to “Oprah” among all syndicated talk shows, and she was beating “Oprah” among younger viewers. But today, the 43-year-old performer, who returns to talk TV this month with “The Ricki Lake Show,” looks back and says: If only she had been able to understand what she had and what she might have done with all her clout at the time.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
In 1994, at the age of 26, “Hairspray” sweetheart Ricki Lake had one of the hottest daytime talk shows in the history of television. With a daily audience of 5.8 million viewers after only one year on-air, “Ricki Lake” was second only to “Oprah” among all syndicated talk shows, and she was beating “Oprah” among younger viewers. But today, the 43-year-old performer, who returns to talk TV this month with “The Ricki Lake Show,” looks back and says: If only she had been able to understand what she had and what she might have done with all her clout at the time.
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,Newsday Los Angeles Times Syndicate | December 6, 1993
Ricki Lake has had easier evenings.The 25-year-old actress is standing under hot lights in the Manhattan studio of her "Ricki Lake" syndicated daytime show -- the one that Mediaweek proclaims is "breaking out of the freshman talk-show pack" and she's standing her ground against a guest considerably more formidable than the twentysomethings who fill the stage for topics like "My Best Friend Betrayed Me," or "Your Turn-Ons Turn Me Off."The uncharacteristically hard-edged subject is "Crusades Against Gays."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Katie Couric's visit last week to Baltimore's WMAR proved at least one thing: She is serious about making her new daytime talk show, “Katie,” a winner. She did not do such intense promotion in the summer of 2006 even when she was about to debut as anchor of the “CBS Evening News," one of the most prestigious -- or at least historic -- jobs in television. And that kind of commitment from her means the competition in one of the most hotly contested time periods in local TV is going to be even fiercer this fall when her syndicated show debuts.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | September 13, 1993
Now that all the talk shows are in place for the late-night war, it's time to start thinking about yet another battlefield and the arrival of a most unusual warrior to Baltimore TV.Today marks the start of what's going to be one of the most competitive struggles in the history of local TV: the 5 o'clock wars.The battle won't be in full effect until Dec. 1 when WJZ (Channel 13) launches its new 5 o'clock news with Sally Thorner. That's the marquee event.But the counterprogramming starts today with the arrival of "Ricki Lake" at 5 on WBFF (Channel 45)
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 18, 2000
WITH EPISODES titled "Send My Wild Teen to Prison," "CybersexAddicts" and "He's Mine Now, You Can't Have Him!" talk shows with hosts such as Sally Jessy Raphael, Montel Williams and Ricki Lake have become a guilty pleasure for many Americans. But don't count John Rhead among the genre's fans. Rhead, a Columbia psychologist, had never seen Ricki Lake's show before agreeing to participate in an episode titled "Teen Couples on the Verge of Divorce." "I guess I'm culturally deprived," Rhead said.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | June 3, 1994
For the most part, 'JZ is still the one -- just like the ad says. But Fox affiliate WBFF is the hot station in town, thanks in part to the crush Baltimore viewers have on talk-show host Ricki Lake.That's the situation on the local news front, based on preliminary Nielsen figures for the May sweeps ratings period.The news programming at WJZ (Channel 13) won at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays, ratings that General Manager Marcellus Alexander called "very good results" that were celebrated at the station "with a champagne toast."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 22, 2001
"A baby Divine and Ricki Lake put together who can sing like Ethel Merman." That's how filmmaker John Waters describes the ideal actress to play Tracy Turnblad, the tubby teen star of Hairspray, the Broadway musical being fashioned from his 1988 movie of the same name. On Thursday, Dec. 6, Tracy wannabes will get a chance to show their stuff when Hairspray holds an open-call audition at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It's the first stop in a nationwide search that will include New York, Los Angeles and possibly Chicago, according to the show's New York casting director, Bernard Telsey.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,Sun Staff | February 28, 1999
Here's Ricki Lake's take on her fellow mike-grasping milkers of daytime dysfunction: Jerry is "a perfect gentleman"; Leeza is "so articulate and so smart"; and Oprah, of course, is "the queen."Lake, sitting in a sunny spot in the Garden Terrace Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, has nothing negative to say about anyone or anything, except herself."I'm very neurotic about what people say about me, what I look like. It feels like a bigger deal now than it did back then," says Lake, 30."
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | April 19, 1996
Talk-show host and so-so actress Ricki Lake is buoyed by a fortunate cast in "Mrs. Winterbourne," a modern fairy-tale that begins awkwardly but will eventually win over most romantics.It's a lot like "While You Were Sleeping" in its mistaken-identity plot (Does the line "I fell in love with you all!" sound familiar?), but "Mrs. W" is far more uneven. Still, like a vacation occasionally interrupted by bad weather, it's a pleasant escape.Lake plays Connie Doyle, a dim 18-year-old who goes to New Yawk, hooks up with a loser, gets pregnant and is thrown out on the street.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | November 21, 2011
Tonight, the three remaining stars battled it out on the dance floor for the coveted "Dancing with the Stars" mirrorball trophy. Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and J.R. Martinez each performed two dances: a style they had yet to encounter in the competition and a no-holds-barred freestyle dance. Ricki danced a cha-cha that was well-executed, although I wouldn't call it a show-stopper. I tend to cringe when newbie dancers are faced with the cha-cha -- simply because it requires a ton of attitude and confidence and hips-hips-hips.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | October 19, 2007
Rick Ray's 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, a documentary that uses as its centerpiece a one-hour interview with the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Your Prescription for Health Learning Center, 10210 S. Dolfield Road in Owings Mills. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, if available, or by calling 410-356-2169. Information: spiritualpath@mindspring.com or 410-581-9022. A film for the `Cure' Adventures for the Cure, narrated by three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond, documents a 6,500-mile cross-country bicycle trip that raises money for the American Diabetes Association and Kupenda for the Children, which benefits African children with disabilities.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 17, 2002
NEW YORK - The spirits were higher than the bouffant hairdos Thursday night. While the New York newspapers were going to press with a raft of rave reviews for Hairspray, 1,500 elated partygoers celebrated Broadway's first big hit of the season. And indications are that Hairspray could be one of the bigger hits of many seasons to come. On Thursday, even before the reviews were out, a new block of tickets (through March 2) went on sale and the daily box-office total soared to $1.9 million.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and J. Wynn Rousuck and Mary Carole McCauley and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2002
NEW YORK - Welcome to Broadway, Hon. Baltimore came to the Big Apple in a big way last night with the premiere of Hairspray, John Waters' affectionate, $10.5 million tribute to his hometown. Although other shows set in Charm City have played here (Kiss Me Kate comes to mind), none of them celebrates Bawlamer to the degree that Hairspray does. As a result, the Baltimoreans in the audience (not to mention the show's creators, investors and cast) were wondering how well those two wildly different cultures would mix. The musical is even playing in a theater named after that quintessential New Yorker, Neil Simon.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 22, 2001
"A baby Divine and Ricki Lake put together who can sing like Ethel Merman." That's how filmmaker John Waters describes the ideal actress to play Tracy Turnblad, the tubby teen star of Hairspray, the Broadway musical being fashioned from his 1988 movie of the same name. On Thursday, Dec. 6, Tracy wannabes will get a chance to show their stuff when Hairspray holds an open-call audition at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It's the first stop in a nationwide search that will include New York, Los Angeles and possibly Chicago, according to the show's New York casting director, Bernard Telsey.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 18, 2000
WITH EPISODES titled "Send My Wild Teen to Prison," "CybersexAddicts" and "He's Mine Now, You Can't Have Him!" talk shows with hosts such as Sally Jessy Raphael, Montel Williams and Ricki Lake have become a guilty pleasure for many Americans. But don't count John Rhead among the genre's fans. Rhead, a Columbia psychologist, had never seen Ricki Lake's show before agreeing to participate in an episode titled "Teen Couples on the Verge of Divorce." "I guess I'm culturally deprived," Rhead said.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | March 16, 1995
Boston. -- No one knows exactly why Scott Amedure decided to go courting on the Jenny Jones Show. Why does anyone go on these shows, baring their heart's desires and their life's disappointments to strangers?''He led a troubled life'' says his brother Frank. Last year, some men had beat him and smashed his truck. Once he was missing for two months. But for whatever reason, on March 6, he decided to expose himself as the ''secret admirer'' of Jonathan Schmitz.Maybe Mr. Amedure thought that the spotlight would provide a warm glow of safety.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 27, 1990
''Last Exit to Brooklyn,'' a film version of the 1964 novel by Hubert Selby Jr., has all the enchantment of a highway accident.Watching it is a little like stepping in something then trying your best to scrape it off your shoes.Selby's novel was a kind of stream-of-consciousness thing in which a number of short stories were loosely woven together. The film, considering its subject matter, is well made and remains true, more or less, to the book. You can't, however, feel sorry for any of these people.
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By Tim Goodman and Tim Goodman,SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER | June 11, 2000
No question about it. "Survivor," the new CBS game/freak show, is a treat for viewers. Strangers tossed together in a riot of stink, hunger, greed and fear. We should all be glued to the set every Wednesday until the bitter end. But how great would it be if there were actual celebrities spending 39 days on that island, battling to be the last one standing in this cruelest of popularity contests? Very great. So we've drafted eight male and eight female celebrities employing the same philosophy CBS used with "Survivor" -- pick people who will quarrel and divide the viewing audience to make it more exciting.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,Sun Staff | February 28, 1999
Here's Ricki Lake's take on her fellow mike-grasping milkers of daytime dysfunction: Jerry is "a perfect gentleman"; Leeza is "so articulate and so smart"; and Oprah, of course, is "the queen."Lake, sitting in a sunny spot in the Garden Terrace Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, has nothing negative to say about anyone or anything, except herself."I'm very neurotic about what people say about me, what I look like. It feels like a bigger deal now than it did back then," says Lake, 30."
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