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By SARAH KICKLER KELBER | October 28, 2007
Shout Factory / $69.99 Watching My So-Called Life, you're sure to notice the vintage '90s fashions -- lots of oversized plaid shirts, baby-doll dresses with bright tights, hair that's just a tad too big. TALK TO ME Universal / $29.99 This film examines the real-life contentious relationship between Washington radio station manager Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle), an ex-con who talks his way onto the air and becomes a station mainstay. Special features They're minimalist -- deleted scenes and featurettes on the social issues of the 1960s and '70s and on the look of the film's sets and fashions.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | September 18, 2008
The sight of people with thin, white cords dangling from earphones as they walk along city streets, plugged into their own little musical worlds, is nothing unusual. But over the next few weeks in the Mount Vernon district, some of these iPod-wired pedestrians are apt to stand out for the more leisurely nature of their gait, the attentiveness of their gaze on everything around them and, quite probably, the vivid expressions on their faces. They'll be the ones hanging onto every word, sound and image in Charm City Remix, a Baltimore-specific work that is part of a larger show called My Life in Fiction by innovative artist Kianga Ford that opens Saturday at - more accurately, inside and outside - the Contemporary Museum.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 19, 1995
ABC Entertainment President Ted Harbert is going on-line tonight to talk with fans of "My So-Called Life" about the network's decision to take the series off the air after its Jan. 26 episode.As part of a rapidly expanding movement in the television industry to use computers to sample viewer opinion, Harbert will sign on to America Online after tonight's show to answer questions from AOL subscribers."My So-Called Life," a one-hour drama, airs at 8 p.m. on WMAR (Channel 2)."I've gone on-line a few times anonymously this season," says Harbert.
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By SARAH KICKLER KELBER | October 28, 2007
Shout Factory / $69.99 Watching My So-Called Life, you're sure to notice the vintage '90s fashions -- lots of oversized plaid shirts, baby-doll dresses with bright tights, hair that's just a tad too big. TALK TO ME Universal / $29.99 This film examines the real-life contentious relationship between Washington radio station manager Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle), an ex-con who talks his way onto the air and becomes a station mainstay. Special features They're minimalist -- deleted scenes and featurettes on the social issues of the 1960s and '70s and on the look of the film's sets and fashions.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | October 20, 1994
ABC brings back "My So-Called Life" tonight, while Connie Chung returns with a so-called scoop.* "My So-Called Life." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Pre-empted last week by a two-hour "Matlock," "My So-Called Life" tonight presents a new episode, which is reason enough to tune in. ABC.* "Seinfeld." (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- From two years ago, "Seinfeld" repeats an episode featuring Jessica Lundy and her memorable funny laugh. NBC repeat.* "Chicago Hope." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 26, 1995
I was an absolute goner the first time I heard the voice of 15-year-old Angela Chase (Claire Danes)."I'm in love," she told us in the pilot episode of "My So-Called Life." "His name is Jordan Catalano. He was left back . . . twice. Once, I almost touched his shoulder in the middle of a pop quiz. He's always closing his eyes like it hurts to look at things. I just like how he's always leaning against stuff. He leans great."Angela's voice was almost always like that -- confessional, confused, honest, smart, longing, aching, a fresh stream of teen consciousness that sounded poetic compared to the normal grind of assembly line network dialogue.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 17, 1995
Top-rated ABC yesterday announced a fall schedule so conservative and seemingly uninspired that the biggest news is what isn't on it: The critically acclaimed, cutting-edge "My So-Called Life," starring Claire Danes and Baltimore native Bess Armstrong."
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By Gail Shister and Gail Shister,Knight-Ridder News Service | April 17, 1995
The death watch continues for "My So-Called Life."Despite a groundswell of fan support and new life on MTV, the struggling ABC coming-of-age drama is a long shot to make the fall lineup, says co-executive producer Marshall Herskovitz. The network will decide "Life's" fate by mid-May."I'd say it's 60-40 against us being renewed," says Mr. Herskovitz, 43. "This show has been so near death for so long in so many ways, we're used to it. We're fatalistic about it. We waited 18 months to get on the air at all. ABC ordered episodes in dribs and drabs."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 25, 1994
No complaints at all today. The first new series of the fall season is unveiled tonight, and it could well wind up as the best of the bunch. It's called "My So-Called Life" -- and if you miss it, it's your so-called fault.* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Last season, the unknown redhead who shot to stardom was David Caruso. This season, it ought to be Claire Danes, who is, and plays, a 15-year-old on this superb new series from the creators of "thirtysomething." I don't want to sound excessively enthusiastic, but I loved every minute of it, and so did my 12-year-old daughter, who saw as much truth and entertainment in "My So-Called Life" as I did. Executive producers Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, and writer-producers Winnie Holzman and Scott Winant, have concocted something that's visually and viscerally powerful.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | December 22, 1994
Best of the night: A new "My So-Called Life" (who knows how many more of those there'll be?) and an old "Seinfeld" to be treasured, especially by fans of Teri Hatcher of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- The repeat episodes tonight are more noteworthy for when they're broadcast than for what they contain. The first episode is shown during this mature comedy's regular, and too early, time slot at the beginning of NBC's Thursday lineup.
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By Joe Cicada and Joe Cicada,Special to baltimoresun.com | April 30, 2004
Hi, everyone. Joe Cicada here. It's been a while. Seventeen years to be exact, but I'm back and feelin' more than a little randy. I want you to know right up front that I'm taking time out of my busy and, sadly, very brief mating schedule to plead my brood's case to you humans. What's that? You hate my voice, the way I express myself? Yes, I suppose I am the Fran Drescher of the insect world. It can't be helped, and I do apologize. Just know that if you spent the vast majority of your life burrowed underground, sucking sap from tree roots as your only nourishment, I wouldn't blame you for being a little shrill when you finally got a chance to go topside and see the world.
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By Ian Spelling and Ian Spelling,Chicago Tribune Summer stock; Whether you're headed for the beach or camping in the woods this summer, stock up on essentials you'll need to beat the heat | July 16, 1998
Claire Danes' so-called life a teen success storyClaire Danes had a dream."I was going to be a therapist, live in California, right next door to my best friend, and share a pool," Danes says with a girlish giggle. "I'd be a therapist and do acting workshops on the side. Then I thought about that and made an announcement to my parents.'No, no, I must be true to my heart.'"Staying true to her heart meant pursuing a career as an actress. Now, at 18, the charming, wide-eyed Danes is widely considered the best actress of her generation.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1996
If only Leo Roth and Isabel Lukens were interesting people.But they're not, and that could prove bad news for "Relativity," the series premiering at 10 tonight on WMAR, Channel 2, as the latest offering from angst-meisters Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.Not that "Relativity" is bad TV. The dialogue is crisp, the supporting characters winning, the production values top-notch. You might even enjoy the show, but you won't remember anything about it five minutes after it's over. And we've come to expect much more from the men who brought "thirtysomething" and "My So-Called Life" to television.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1995
I used to imagine hell as a place where golfers in bright green pants and canary-yellow polo shirts stood around in steaming pools of molten lava with Coors Lights in their hands, talking about how they birdied this hole or used a 7-iron instead of a 9-iron to play that dogleg right and blah, blah, blah.There would be other sub-species in hell, of course: Elvis impersonators and TV repairmen and mimes and accordion players, most of them relegated to the Kathie Lee Gifford Wing for the Truly Evil.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 17, 1995
Top-rated ABC yesterday announced a fall schedule so conservative and seemingly uninspired that the biggest news is what isn't on it: The critically acclaimed, cutting-edge "My So-Called Life," starring Claire Danes and Baltimore native Bess Armstrong."
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By Gail Shister and Gail Shister,Knight-Ridder News Service | April 17, 1995
The death watch continues for "My So-Called Life."Despite a groundswell of fan support and new life on MTV, the struggling ABC coming-of-age drama is a long shot to make the fall lineup, says co-executive producer Marshall Herskovitz. The network will decide "Life's" fate by mid-May."I'd say it's 60-40 against us being renewed," says Mr. Herskovitz, 43. "This show has been so near death for so long in so many ways, we're used to it. We're fatalistic about it. We waited 18 months to get on the air at all. ABC ordered episodes in dribs and drabs."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 26, 1995
Want some TV news that doesn't involve O. J. Simpson, except by example? Then tune tonight to CBS, which devotes its entire three-hour block of prime time to a special "CBS Reports" on violence in America. Elsewhere, the evening's other most notable event is on ABC, where "My So-Called Life" makes its last appearance before going on its so-called hiatus.* "My So-Called Life" (8-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- In a year of excellent new dramatic series, this ABC drama is one of the best of them all, and deserves a long life on TV. Yet after tonight, it vanishes until the network rules on its future in April.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | December 8, 1994
What a nice night, merely by flipping channels: Start with "My So-Called Life," flip to "Seinfeld," and finish, after a break to avoid "Madman of the People," with "ER."* "ABC Afterschool Special: Magical Make-Over" (4-5 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Amy Hargreaves plays a teen who gets to remake her image every morning, all in an effort to snare the school hunk. The lessons she learns are obvious, but the guardian angel who provides these services, as cast and played by B. D. Wong of "All-American Girl," unintentionally throws off the balance by being a lot more sexy and interesting than the object of her affections.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | February 13, 1995
Meeting of the O.J. Simpson trial-watchers support group:Facilitator: "I think when we left off last time, Lynne was saying she hadn't cooked for her family in two weeks, and now spends most of her time in a dark room with her hair in curlers, clicking between Court TV and CNN. Lynne?"Lynne (rising): "Sometimes, I feel so . . ."All: "Hi, Lynne!"Lynn (startled smile): "Oh . . . hi. It's just so hard. Like I was telling my mother how the police botched the murder scene, how they used Nicole's phone before it was dusted for prints, failed to press the re-dial button to establish the last call, that kind of thing.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 26, 1995
Want some TV news that doesn't involve O. J. Simpson, except by example? Then tune tonight to CBS, which devotes its entire three-hour block of prime time to a special "CBS Reports" on violence in America. Elsewhere, the evening's other most notable event is on ABC, where "My So-Called Life" makes its last appearance before going on its so-called hiatus.* "My So-Called Life" (8-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- In a year of excellent new dramatic series, this ABC drama is one of the best of them all, and deserves a long life on TV. Yet after tonight, it vanishes until the network rules on its future in April.
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