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By Chris Kaltenbach | July 21, 1997
Bugs have been terrorizing mankind for centuries -- Remember Moses and the locusts? -- but never more than in the five films the Sci-Fi Channel is airing during its "Big Bad Bugs" theme week.The many-legged fun kicks off tonight with "The Fly 2" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., Sci-Fi), in which Eric Stoltz follows a little too closely in his father's footsteps and ends up turned into an insect, just like dear old dad. Watch for Daphne Zuniga of "Melrose Place" as the love interest.
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January 5, 2006
NATIONAL Apology issued to mine families The president of the company that owns the coal mine where 12 miners died apologized to the families of the deceased, saying he should not have let them believe for nearly three jubilant hours that the miners were safe. pg 1a Way cleared for Padilla move The Supreme Court cleared the way for Jose Padilla to be released from a military brig and moved to a jail in Miami for a criminal trial on scaled-down charges of training with terrorists. pg 3a MARYLAND City's arrest policies defended Mayor Martin O'Malley and his police commissioner tried to assure Baltimore residents and state lawmakers last night that the Police Department is not pursuing overly aggressive arrest policies in its struggle to curtail violent crime.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 9, 1999
"Sliders," the sci-fi series that refuses to die, returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Friday on Cable's Sci-Fi channel, with a new twist on the old "How do you explain away the disappearance of former cast members?" dilemma.Within the show's first segment, two of our inter-dimensional time travelers, Quinn and Colin, are apparently blasted into a couple of thousand light shards while moving from one dimension to the next. What emerges is a whole new character who says his name is Mallory and who's apparently got Quinn inside of him somewhere.
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By Maureen Ryan and Maureen Ryan,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 14, 2004
The Lord of the Rings collected an awe-inspiring 11 Oscars, and its best-picture win was a first for a fantasy film. But fans of fantasy, horror and science-fiction entertainment can't count on the critical success of Rings - and its box-office records - to sweep their favorite genre from the multiplex to the TV schedule. The truth is stranger - and stronger - than fantasy: Market forces have a stranglehold on even the smaller networks and cable channels that used to nurture genre TV. "I do think it's harder for science fiction and genre shows to make it than it has been in the past.
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By Maureen Ryan and Maureen Ryan,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 14, 2004
The Lord of the Rings collected an awe-inspiring 11 Oscars, and its best-picture win was a first for a fantasy film. But fans of fantasy, horror and science-fiction entertainment can't count on the critical success of Rings - and its box-office records - to sweep their favorite genre from the multiplex to the TV schedule. The truth is stranger - and stronger - than fantasy: Market forces have a stranglehold on even the smaller networks and cable channels that used to nurture genre TV. "I do think it's harder for science fiction and genre shows to make it than it has been in the past.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1996
The Sci-Fi Channel has a real treat for horror-film buffs this week: four classic fright flicks, beginning with "Frankenstein" tonight and continuing through Thursday with "Bride of Frankenstein," "The Wolfman" and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon." Don't miss any of them and make sure the doors are locked.* "3rd Rock From the Sun" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Bronson Pinchot, who usually seems like he's from outer space anyway, should fit right in here. He plays a guy claiming to have been abducted by aliens.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1995
You've seen the cream of the Christmas crop: The Grinch, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, "It's a Wonderful Life." But is their room in your holiday revelry for the astonishingly bad, courtesy of the Sci-Fi Channel?*"Christmas at the U.S. Naval Academy" (7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Musical traditionalists among you should love this: The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra accompanies the academy Glee Club and the Hood College Chorus in a performance of "The Messiah."*"Everybody's Business: America's Children" -- (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
NEWS
January 5, 2006
NATIONAL Apology issued to mine families The president of the company that owns the coal mine where 12 miners died apologized to the families of the deceased, saying he should not have let them believe for nearly three jubilant hours that the miners were safe. pg 1a Way cleared for Padilla move The Supreme Court cleared the way for Jose Padilla to be released from a military brig and moved to a jail in Miami for a criminal trial on scaled-down charges of training with terrorists. pg 3a MARYLAND City's arrest policies defended Mayor Martin O'Malley and his police commissioner tried to assure Baltimore residents and state lawmakers last night that the Police Department is not pursuing overly aggressive arrest policies in its struggle to curtail violent crime.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1998
Time to clean out the notebook and clue everyone in on a bunch of TV happenings set for the coming weeks.One thing about the weather: it always seems worse somewhere else.For proof, check out the season premiere of "National Geographic Explorer," set for 7 p.m. Sunday on TBS. You know there's something nasty in store when the two-hour-long show is being billed as "Disaster Sunday."First up, "Landslide" looks at the expensive homes and other West Coast properties that have fallen victim to El Nino.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1997
Watching bad movies just hasn't been any fun since they left. You tried talking to yourself. You brushed up on your pop culture references and exchanged witty criticisms of '50s monster movies with the mirror. But you didn't have theater seats to sit in. Your obnoxiousness was feigned and halfhearted. And, frankly, your toaster oven just couldn't cut it as a friendly robot companion.Thank goodness "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is back on the air.The hippest slice of geek heaven on television, "MST3K" has finally come to roost with the fans who can appreciate it most.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 9, 1999
"Sliders," the sci-fi series that refuses to die, returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Friday on Cable's Sci-Fi channel, with a new twist on the old "How do you explain away the disappearance of former cast members?" dilemma.Within the show's first segment, two of our inter-dimensional time travelers, Quinn and Colin, are apparently blasted into a couple of thousand light shards while moving from one dimension to the next. What emerges is a whole new character who says his name is Mallory and who's apparently got Quinn inside of him somewhere.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1998
Time to clean out the notebook and clue everyone in on a bunch of TV happenings set for the coming weeks.One thing about the weather: it always seems worse somewhere else.For proof, check out the season premiere of "National Geographic Explorer," set for 7 p.m. Sunday on TBS. You know there's something nasty in store when the two-hour-long show is being billed as "Disaster Sunday."First up, "Landslide" looks at the expensive homes and other West Coast properties that have fallen victim to El Nino.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach | July 21, 1997
Bugs have been terrorizing mankind for centuries -- Remember Moses and the locusts? -- but never more than in the five films the Sci-Fi Channel is airing during its "Big Bad Bugs" theme week.The many-legged fun kicks off tonight with "The Fly 2" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., Sci-Fi), in which Eric Stoltz follows a little too closely in his father's footsteps and ends up turned into an insect, just like dear old dad. Watch for Daphne Zuniga of "Melrose Place" as the love interest.
FEATURES
By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1997
Watching bad movies just hasn't been any fun since they left. You tried talking to yourself. You brushed up on your pop culture references and exchanged witty criticisms of '50s monster movies with the mirror. But you didn't have theater seats to sit in. Your obnoxiousness was feigned and halfhearted. And, frankly, your toaster oven just couldn't cut it as a friendly robot companion.Thank goodness "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is back on the air.The hippest slice of geek heaven on television, "MST3K" has finally come to roost with the fans who can appreciate it most.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1996
The Sci-Fi Channel has a real treat for horror-film buffs this week: four classic fright flicks, beginning with "Frankenstein" tonight and continuing through Thursday with "Bride of Frankenstein," "The Wolfman" and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon." Don't miss any of them and make sure the doors are locked.* "3rd Rock From the Sun" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Bronson Pinchot, who usually seems like he's from outer space anyway, should fit right in here. He plays a guy claiming to have been abducted by aliens.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1995
You've seen the cream of the Christmas crop: The Grinch, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, "It's a Wonderful Life." But is their room in your holiday revelry for the astonishingly bad, courtesy of the Sci-Fi Channel?*"Christmas at the U.S. Naval Academy" (7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Musical traditionalists among you should love this: The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra accompanies the academy Glee Club and the Hood College Chorus in a performance of "The Messiah."*"Everybody's Business: America's Children" -- (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Robert Lloyd and Robert Lloyd,Los Angeles Times | October 8, 2006
By happy chance, American audiences are now being treated to two collaborations between the British actor David Tennant and the British writer Russell T. Davies - big names Over There, smaller here - a coincidence that is less interesting in itself than the fact that one of them, Casanova, arrives through the august offices of PBS and Masterpiece Theater, while the other, the latest season of the renascent Doctor Who, is running on the lower-born Sci-Fi...
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By ROCH KUBATKO | May 2, 2006
I spent part of my afternoon doing a podcast for The Sun's Web site. I had no idea what a podcast was until someone explained it to me. Sounds like something that should be broadcast on the sci-fi channel. Congratulations to the Blast for winning a third Major Indoor Soccer League championship in four years, especially after the coaching change and all the distractions. I see they had to go to a "golden goal" format to take the title. Catchy name. Who's the commissioner of this league, Willy Wonka?
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