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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 20, 1990
"American Dreamer" is one of the funnier and smarter sitcoms of the new fall season. It also introduces one of the most off-the-wall but engaging new characters anywhere on television Lillian Abernathy, played by Carol Kane.Kane is not the star of "American Dreamer." Robert Urich is. Urich plays Tom Nash, a former foreign news correspondent who quit television three years ago when his wife died.Nash is now living in rural Wisconsin with his two teen-age children and writing a weekly lifestyle column for a Chicago newspaper.
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By Stephen Lynch and Stephen Lynch,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 17, 2002
Yes, Milton Berle died March 27. But yesterday marked the passing of the real Mr. Television, Robert Urich, at age 55, after a years-long battle with synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the body's joints. He was not around at the dawn of the medium, or even during a golden age. But Urich starred in the most television series of any actor, from Soap to Love Boat: The Next Wave. If every movie star has a television counterpart, then Urich was the Gene Hackman of the small screen.
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By Stephen Lynch and Stephen Lynch,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 17, 2002
Yes, Milton Berle died March 27. But yesterday marked the passing of the real Mr. Television, Robert Urich, at age 55, after a years-long battle with synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the body's joints. He was not around at the dawn of the medium, or even during a golden age. But Urich starred in the most television series of any actor, from Soap to Love Boat: The Next Wave. If every movie star has a television counterpart, then Urich was the Gene Hackman of the small screen.
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October 2, 2001
Between the switch from WB to UPN and the season finale that left Buffy six feet under, no returning series has generated a buzz equal to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I remember a grown-up critic grabbing me in the hallway the day after the season finale and saying, "But, David, she was dead and buried. How can they possibly bring her back and remain credible?" I don't think credibility is a big concern for hardcore fans of this remarkable series. I mean, think of all the wild mythology you had to buy into just to get past the pilot.
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By David Zurawik | September 18, 1993
CBS Entertainment President Jeff Sagansky is a brilliant programmer. But he has no idea how to reach kids at 8 o'clock on weeknights. Remember "Uncle Buck"? You know you remember.Sagansky's latest bad idea is putting Faye Dunaway in a sitcom with three kids and placing the series head-to-head against Steve Urkel and "Family Matters" at 8 on TGIF night.The sitcom is called "It Had to Be You," and it gets a sneak preview at 8 tomorrow night after "60 Minutes" on WBAL (Channel 11).Dunaway plays an upper-crust publisher who falls for a blue-collar type played by Robert Urich.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | July 22, 1993
Mystery writers know the secret to winning readers is creating winning characters who can move from case to case, book to book -- and occasionally even into a continuing life on television.Remember "Spenser: For Hire"? Like Erle Stanley Gardner's seemingly eternal "Perry Mason," novelist Robert B. Parker's wry, gourmet-cook private eye returns from series cancellation in a new movie, "Spenser: Ceremony," at 9 o'clock tonight on the Lifetime cable network.Robert Urich re-creates his role from the 1985 to 1988 ABC series (which was repeated on Lifetime from 1989 through 1992)
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By Steve McKerrow | September 20, 1990
On The Weekend Watch:NEW SHOWS -- A number of new series get their first airings in the coming days. Tonight, for example, brings "The Flash" (from the comics) to CBS (at 8, Channel 11) and "American Dreamer" (Robert Urich) to NBC (at 9:30, Channel 2, moving to its regular place at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday). Friday brings Burt Reynolds in "Evening Shade" to CBS (at 8 p.m.) and Heather Locklear in "Going Places" to ABC (at 9:30 p.m., Channel 13). On Sunday, the five-night "The Civil War" debuts on PBS (8 p.m., channels 22 and 67)
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October 2, 2001
Between the switch from WB to UPN and the season finale that left Buffy six feet under, no returning series has generated a buzz equal to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I remember a grown-up critic grabbing me in the hallway the day after the season finale and saying, "But, David, she was dead and buried. How can they possibly bring her back and remain credible?" I don't think credibility is a big concern for hardcore fans of this remarkable series. I mean, think of all the wild mythology you had to buy into just to get past the pilot.
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By David Zurawik | July 19, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Academy-Award-winner Faye Dunaway in a TV sitcom that airs at 8 o'clock on Friday nights when kids control the channel changer and Urkel rules?CBS' "It Had to Be You" -- a comedy about the romance between a wealthy female publisher and a widowed carpenter with three kids -- is definitely one of the more unlikely newcomers to the fall lineup.But Dunaway says it was the role of publisher Laura Scofield and what it has to say about women today that brought her to TV."I took the role because Laura is really a woman of the '90s.
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March 29, 2000
Founded: 1855 Location: East Lansing, Mich. Nickname: Spartans School colors: Green and white Enrollment: 34,089 undergraduates Tuition and fees: $5,174 for in state, $12,370 out of state Famous alumni: Former pro basketball player Magic Johnson; former baseball players Kirk Gibson and Steve Garvey; former NFL player and actor Bubba Smith; actors James Caan and Robert Urich; folk singer Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary; author Peter Gent ("North...
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By David Zurawik | September 18, 1993
CBS Entertainment President Jeff Sagansky is a brilliant programmer. But he has no idea how to reach kids at 8 o'clock on weeknights. Remember "Uncle Buck"? You know you remember.Sagansky's latest bad idea is putting Faye Dunaway in a sitcom with three kids and placing the series head-to-head against Steve Urkel and "Family Matters" at 8 on TGIF night.The sitcom is called "It Had to Be You," and it gets a sneak preview at 8 tomorrow night after "60 Minutes" on WBAL (Channel 11).Dunaway plays an upper-crust publisher who falls for a blue-collar type played by Robert Urich.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | July 22, 1993
Mystery writers know the secret to winning readers is creating winning characters who can move from case to case, book to book -- and occasionally even into a continuing life on television.Remember "Spenser: For Hire"? Like Erle Stanley Gardner's seemingly eternal "Perry Mason," novelist Robert B. Parker's wry, gourmet-cook private eye returns from series cancellation in a new movie, "Spenser: Ceremony," at 9 o'clock tonight on the Lifetime cable network.Robert Urich re-creates his role from the 1985 to 1988 ABC series (which was repeated on Lifetime from 1989 through 1992)
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By David Zurawik | July 19, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Academy-Award-winner Faye Dunaway in a TV sitcom that airs at 8 o'clock on Friday nights when kids control the channel changer and Urkel rules?CBS' "It Had to Be You" -- a comedy about the romance between a wealthy female publisher and a widowed carpenter with three kids -- is definitely one of the more unlikely newcomers to the fall lineup.But Dunaway says it was the role of publisher Laura Scofield and what it has to say about women today that brought her to TV."I took the role because Laura is really a woman of the '90s.
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By Steve McKerrow | September 20, 1990
On The Weekend Watch:NEW SHOWS -- A number of new series get their first airings in the coming days. Tonight, for example, brings "The Flash" (from the comics) to CBS (at 8, Channel 11) and "American Dreamer" (Robert Urich) to NBC (at 9:30, Channel 2, moving to its regular place at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday). Friday brings Burt Reynolds in "Evening Shade" to CBS (at 8 p.m.) and Heather Locklear in "Going Places" to ABC (at 9:30 p.m., Channel 13). On Sunday, the five-night "The Civil War" debuts on PBS (8 p.m., channels 22 and 67)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 20, 1990
"American Dreamer" is one of the funnier and smarter sitcoms of the new fall season. It also introduces one of the most off-the-wall but engaging new characters anywhere on television Lillian Abernathy, played by Carol Kane.Kane is not the star of "American Dreamer." Robert Urich is. Urich plays Tom Nash, a former foreign news correspondent who quit television three years ago when his wife died.Nash is now living in rural Wisconsin with his two teen-age children and writing a weekly lifestyle column for a Chicago newspaper.
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By Michael Hill | September 20, 1990
AMERICAN DREAMER" wears its ancestry, as well as its thematic statements, on its sleeve.This new NBC show, which gets a send-off tonight at 9:30 on Channel 2 (WMAR) before moving into its regular Saturday night at 10:30 slot this weekend, is from producer Gary David Goldberg.Subtlety was never the strength of Goldberg's one big hit,"Family Ties," Michael J. Fox was. Goldberg's characters tend to strut around like ideas in an article out of "Psychology Today" until the actors are given time to flesh them out, and even then the episodes of his shows let you know what they are about by virtually running a banner headline in the opening dialogue."
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January 20, 2010
ROBERT B. PARKER, 77 Crime novelist created 'Spenser' series Robert B. Parker, the blunt and beloved crime novelist who helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled genre and branded a tough guy of his own through his "Spenser" series, died Monday of unknown causes at his Cambridge, Mass., home. Prolific to the end, Mr. Parker wrote more than 50 novels, including 37 featuring Boston private eye Spenser. The character's first name was a mystery, with his last name emphatically spelled with an "s" in the middle, not a "c."
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