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January 20, 2006
Critic's Pick--Perhaps we'll find out what made American Idol judge Simon Cowell (above) so nasty when A&E's Biography (8 p.m.-9 p.m.) profiles him.
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By David Zurawik and Yvonne Villarreal | November 22, 2011
Jason Winer was directing Julie Bowen on first episode of "Modern Family" when inspiration struck. "In the initial draft, Julie's character was described as mildly controlling and neurotic," Winer says of the suburban sitcom mom. "But what she didn't have in that draft was this idea that she was formerly a bad girl who had kind of reformed herself. " Winer thought the extra history could add an important dimension to Bowen's Claire Dunphy — and make a difference to the story featuring her teenage daughter, Haley, who just starting dating.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Reporter | October 17, 2006
First, there were the three ? the brute, the diplomat and the flake. When Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul made their debut as the judging panel on Fox?s American Idol in 2002, they set the standard for snark ? and became the template for the umpteen reality competitions that have followed. Sometimes, the genders vary and sometimes judges fall somewhere between these archetypes, but generally, there?s a Simon, a Randy and a Paula appraising people?s talent, whether it?s dancing (ABC?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2011
With two new judges, a new night and no Simon Cowell, "American Idol" began its 10th season last week under some of the most intense scrutiny the Fox powerhouse has ever experienced. Critics and fans analyzed every strange remark by Steven Tyler or tear shed by Jennifer Lopez during the auditions. And is there anyone online who doesn't have an opinion on whether Randy Jackson was or wasn't filling Simon's old seat? But for all for that, few were watching the audiences for Wednesday and Thursday nights' debut telecasts more closely than the executives of the 206 Fox affiliates that carry the show — station managers like Bill Fanshawe, who runs WBFF-TV in Baltimore.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,Sun reporter | March 20, 2007
Readers have narrowed the list of annoying celebrities from 64 to 16 -- a field that includes the sour (Rosie O'Donnell, Nancy Grace), the smug (Donald Trump, Simon Cowell) and the insipid (Paris Hilton), but nobody you'd probably consider sweet at all. Third-round votes, which will thin our not-so-sweet 16 down to an effete eight, can be cast in the Celebrity March Madness tournament until midnight Thursday at baltimoresun.com/celebrities. Some close and spirited contests are expected, key among them Britney Spears versus Anna Nicole Smith in the "Not Them Again!
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February 6, 2006
Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit cleaned up Saturday at the 33rd annual Annie Awards. The movie earned best animated picture honors, along with kudos for, among other categories, animated effects, character animation, music in an animated feature , character design in an animated feature (creator Nick Park), directing in an animated feature (Park, Steve Box), and voice acting in an animated feature (Peter Sallis, who voices Wallace). Armstrong, Crow call it off Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have split, the couple announced in a joint statement Friday night.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,sun reporter | March 24, 2007
She thinks he has funny hair. He thinks she's fat. She called him a "snake oil salesman." He called her a "loser." They've been badmouthing each other on the airwaves since December with the kind of bullying bluster most of us outgrow in junior high school. We can't make it stop, but we can decide who's more annoying. Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump are going head to head in the current round of March Madness: Celebrity Version, our NCAA-style tournament devised to determine, through your online votes, the celebrity of whom we are most weary.
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By Lauren Rosenblum and Lauren Rosenblum,Sun Staff | June 29, 2003
With its corny text messages and cheesy love songs, From Justin to Kelly, last weekend's movie flop-buster, is 81 minutes of pure torture. I would rather have crossed the Sahara with no water than watched this beach-party musical. It makes Grease 2 look de-serving of an Oscar nod. Simon Fuller, creator of all things Idol-atrous, just what were you thinking? The first season of American Idol was addicting. The second was indulging. But helping to showcase Kelly Clark-son and Justin Guarini on the silver screen was just plain stupid.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 17, 2006
Let the judges and publicists for American Idol talk all they want about the joy of discovering new talent, producer Nigel Lythgoe says he "loves the deluded" -- those contestants so bad that they embarrass themselves as they make viewers cringe. And if that sounds mean, too bad, Lythgoe adds, because he is "in the business of making the best TV show" that he can -- not being nice. As American Idol returns for its fifth season tonight at 8, it is hard to argue with the success that Lythgoe and co-producer Ken Warwick have enjoyed with their version of a national talent contest.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | January 15, 2008
Here is the question you have to ask yourself when tuning in to the season debut of American Idol tonight: Is there something wrong with me? Do I enjoy seeing pain in others? If there were butterflies around this time of year, am I the sort of person who would tear their wings off for kicks? Then why do I want to watch people who can't sing humiliate themselves on national TV and get thoroughly dissed by judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul before slinking off the stage with their hearts broken and egos shattered?
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
I would hate to think that the producers of American Idol are playing us like suckers again, trying to drum up some kind of judges' controversy for better ratings. But you have to admit that the judges have been in the news a lot lately, particularly Simon Cowell - and this is the time of year when there is almost always a flap, fight or faux pas involving the judges that adds drama and controversy down the home stretch of the Idol season. Two weeks ago, the "news" was that Cowell might be leaving the show after his contract ends next year.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | January 15, 2008
Here is the question you have to ask yourself when tuning in to the season debut of American Idol tonight: Is there something wrong with me? Do I enjoy seeing pain in others? If there were butterflies around this time of year, am I the sort of person who would tear their wings off for kicks? Then why do I want to watch people who can't sing humiliate themselves on national TV and get thoroughly dissed by judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul before slinking off the stage with their hearts broken and egos shattered?
FEATURES
By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,sun reporter | March 24, 2007
She thinks he has funny hair. He thinks she's fat. She called him a "snake oil salesman." He called her a "loser." They've been badmouthing each other on the airwaves since December with the kind of bullying bluster most of us outgrow in junior high school. We can't make it stop, but we can decide who's more annoying. Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump are going head to head in the current round of March Madness: Celebrity Version, our NCAA-style tournament devised to determine, through your online votes, the celebrity of whom we are most weary.
FEATURES
By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,Sun reporter | March 20, 2007
Readers have narrowed the list of annoying celebrities from 64 to 16 -- a field that includes the sour (Rosie O'Donnell, Nancy Grace), the smug (Donald Trump, Simon Cowell) and the insipid (Paris Hilton), but nobody you'd probably consider sweet at all. Third-round votes, which will thin our not-so-sweet 16 down to an effete eight, can be cast in the Celebrity March Madness tournament until midnight Thursday at baltimoresun.com/celebrities. Some close and spirited contests are expected, key among them Britney Spears versus Anna Nicole Smith in the "Not Them Again!
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Reporter | October 17, 2006
First, there were the three ? the brute, the diplomat and the flake. When Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul made their debut as the judging panel on Fox?s American Idol in 2002, they set the standard for snark ? and became the template for the umpteen reality competitions that have followed. Sometimes, the genders vary and sometimes judges fall somewhere between these archetypes, but generally, there?s a Simon, a Randy and a Paula appraising people?s talent, whether it?s dancing (ABC?
NEWS
By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 12, 2006
Normally, in an Olympics year, February is a pretty grim month for TV viewers who are not big fans of winter sports. Ceding audience, networks and cable channels that don't have the international games cut back on their traditional commitment to sweeps programming and try to lie low until the torch is dimmed. But not this year. With the Olympics appearing on a struggling NBC, the competition smells blood and is taking on the games with such hit shows as Survivor (CBS), Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 12, 2006
Normally, in an Olympics year, February is a pretty grim month for TV viewers who are not big fans of winter sports. Ceding audience, networks and cable channels that don't have the international games cut back on their traditional commitment to sweeps programming and try to lie low until the torch is dimmed. But not this year. With the Olympics appearing on a struggling NBC, the competition smells blood and is taking on the games with such hit shows as Survivor (CBS), Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
ENTERTAINMENT
By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
I would hate to think that the producers of American Idol are playing us like suckers again, trying to drum up some kind of judges' controversy for better ratings. But you have to admit that the judges have been in the news a lot lately, particularly Simon Cowell - and this is the time of year when there is almost always a flap, fight or faux pas involving the judges that adds drama and controversy down the home stretch of the Idol season. Two weeks ago, the "news" was that Cowell might be leaving the show after his contract ends next year.
FEATURES
February 6, 2006
Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit cleaned up Saturday at the 33rd annual Annie Awards. The movie earned best animated picture honors, along with kudos for, among other categories, animated effects, character animation, music in an animated feature , character design in an animated feature (creator Nick Park), directing in an animated feature (Park, Steve Box), and voice acting in an animated feature (Peter Sallis, who voices Wallace). Armstrong, Crow call it off Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have split, the couple announced in a joint statement Friday night.
FEATURES
January 20, 2006
Critic's Pick--Perhaps we'll find out what made American Idol judge Simon Cowell (above) so nasty when A&E's Biography (8 p.m.-9 p.m.) profiles him.
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