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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 17, 1996
ABC's fall advertising campaign is built on the rock of calling "Spin City" the "funniest, sexiest, smartest new comedy of the year."It is funny and sexy, no doubt about it. But smart depends on how you define the word.The sitcom starring Michael J. Fox is sophisticated, snap-crackle clever and deeply cynical -- in fact, it is one of the most cynical television series I have ever seen. If that's your definition of smart, then you will adore this series."Spin City" is Alex P. Keaton all grown up and working as a political spin doctor named Michael Flaherty.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | July 9, 2008
So mayoral ex-boyfriend Ron Lipscomb gets a piece of the huge Uplands housing development even though, as The Sun's John Fritze reports, a city review panel recommended another team. And that's surprising? I was more surprised to see Michael Cryor is in on the deal. Cryor is chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party. It's not the moonlighting that gets me. In a true-blue state like Maryland, maybe selling the Democratic dream isn't full-time work. Little wonder if Cryor also has time to run a company, the Cryor Group, which has a 1.5 percent interest in the $200 million Uplands project.
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By David Zurawik | October 18, 2000
I know the Conventional Wisdom Police are probably going to take my television critics union card away for saying this, but I kind of like the retooled "Spin City," with Charlie Sheen replacing Michael J. Fox. Sheen plays a burned-out Washington politico who comes aboard as the new deputy mayor of New York. He's a recovering alcoholic with so much baggage you wonder how he manages to stay on his feet, let alone function. At its best, tonight's episode manages to find humor in this character without making light of his problems.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 14, 2004
Viewers are falling hard for a group of Desperate Housewives. An estimated 24.9 million of them tuned in last Sunday night for ABC's red-hot drama, giving the new series its largest audience yet. It was also the biggest audience for any scripted show on ABC since the May 2000 farewell episode of Michael J. Fox on Spin City. No wonder. During the course of an hour, viewers got to see: Felicity Huffman's Lynette Scavo tangle with a fellow parent at her sons' upscale school. Eva Longoria's Gabrielle Solis ditch her mother-in-law at a casino to be with her boytoy.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
As Michael J. Fox says good-bye to viewers of his hit television show "Spin City" tonight, a Columbia-based company expects to be saying hello to hundreds of thousands of his fans. iSky Inc., a customer relationship management company, is fielding calls and manning the Web site as donations come to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which was launched yesterday."We're going to be handling the foundation's inquiries and contributors," said Rich Hebert, president and chief executive officer of iSKY.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article | November 19, 1996
The Tuesday night lineup looks fairly normal tonight, without many concessions to the frenetic competition of the November sweeps. But look closer, and you'll see that many series have recruited guest stars, while Fox is showcasing what may be its biggest movie of its entire season."
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1998
If any actor seemed forever young, it was Michael J. Fox. Even at 37, the star of "Spin City" seemed capable of riding back to the future on a skateboard.Now he tells us he has Parkinson's disease, a progressive brain disorder that in time brings a shuffling gait, trembling hands, a stooped posture and stiff movements. As he arrives in Baltimore today to promote the Port Discovery children's museum at an invitation-only celebration, fans are still trying to process how Fox managed to keep his disease private for seven years -- looking youthful all the way.When he first heard about Fox's illness, Dr. Paul S. Fishman, a Parkinson's specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, made a point of watching "Spin City" to see whether the energetic actor showed any signs of the disease.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
They're a television producer's dream and a casting agent's easiest call: actors who come with an audience built right in. They're people like James Garner and Carol Burnett, Andy Griffith and Carroll O'Connor, Ted Danson and Bill Cosby, Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah Winfrey. And, of course, Michael J. Fox. Let's admit this up front: "Spin City" has never been a hit -- it ranks 37th among current TV programs, down from 29th last season -- and it's not among the brightest lights of the sitcom world.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1997
Sweeps month plunges on, the season starts winding down to a close and, on "Caroline In the City," Caroline and Richard try one more time to become an item. Remember last year, when Richard opted to commit his feelings to writing?"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Oh, the pitter-patter of those little Buchman feet are drawing ever closer: tonight, Jamie's mom and Paul's mom (Carol Burnett and Cynthia Harris) argue over who bought the better crib. NBC."Roseanne" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1996
What a night. "The West" concludes; "Relativity," the latest offering from Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, debuts on ABC at 10 p.m.; and Mel Brooks pays a visit to "Mad About You." So what are you doing reading a newspaper?"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Roseanne and Dan, who just got back together last week, win the lottery. Man, these folks are on a roll. Fortunately, they insist their newfound wealth won't change them. Right! ABC."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By C. Fraser Smith | September 14, 2003
THE CAMPAIGN, he told a friend, was like a rock in his shoe. He wanted to shake it out. But he couldn't until Tuesday night after 66 percent of Baltimore voters chose him over an opponent whose approximation of the Rev. Jesse Jackson made him seem capable of doing damage in the inevitable game of perceptions. It was needless anxiety. Mayor Martin O'Malley's win over Andrey Bundley, the principal of Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy, nevertheless led to spin city, where observers were asked if 66 percent was enough to make Mr. O'Malley a strong candidate for governor against the incumbent Republican, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. The answer should have been, "Yes, of course."
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By David Zurawik | October 18, 2000
I know the Conventional Wisdom Police are probably going to take my television critics union card away for saying this, but I kind of like the retooled "Spin City," with Charlie Sheen replacing Michael J. Fox. Sheen plays a burned-out Washington politico who comes aboard as the new deputy mayor of New York. He's a recovering alcoholic with so much baggage you wonder how he manages to stay on his feet, let alone function. At its best, tonight's episode manages to find humor in this character without making light of his problems.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
As Michael J. Fox says good-bye to viewers of his hit television show "Spin City" tonight, a Columbia-based company expects to be saying hello to hundreds of thousands of his fans. iSky Inc., a customer relationship management company, is fielding calls and manning the Web site as donations come to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which was launched yesterday."We're going to be handling the foundation's inquiries and contributors," said Rich Hebert, president and chief executive officer of iSKY.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
They're a television producer's dream and a casting agent's easiest call: actors who come with an audience built right in. They're people like James Garner and Carol Burnett, Andy Griffith and Carroll O'Connor, Ted Danson and Bill Cosby, Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah Winfrey. And, of course, Michael J. Fox. Let's admit this up front: "Spin City" has never been a hit -- it ranks 37th among current TV programs, down from 29th last season -- and it's not among the brightest lights of the sitcom world.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2000
Time to gear up for May sweeps, that annual TV extravaganza where we say good-bye to some old favorites and gird ourselves for high-profile mini-series, as the networks engage in last-minute jockeying for ratings. Not to mention advertising dollars -- the networks use their performance during these sweep months to help set ad rates. Here are a few expected highlights. You've been warned: Two long-running series end their Fox network runs: "Party of Five" on May 3 and "Beverly Hills, 90210" on May 17. (This two-hour finale reportedly features many former cast members -- including Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, but probably not Shannen Doherty)
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1998
If any actor seemed forever young, it was Michael J. Fox. Even at 37, the star of "Spin City" seemed capable of riding back to the future on a skateboard.Now he tells us he has Parkinson's disease, a progressive brain disorder that in time brings a shuffling gait, trembling hands, a stooped posture and stiff movements. As he arrives in Baltimore today to promote the Port Discovery children's museum at an invitation-only celebration, fans are still trying to process how Fox managed to keep his disease private for seven years -- looking youthful all the way.When he first heard about Fox's illness, Dr. Paul S. Fishman, a Parkinson's specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, made a point of watching "Spin City" to see whether the energetic actor showed any signs of the disease.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 14, 1997
Lots of intriguing guest stars on the tube tonight."Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Chris Burke, the Down syndrome actor who was so winning in "Life Goes On," guest stars as an adult whose condition tries his family's patience. But never fear, it's Gerald McRaney and clan to the rescue. CBS.Figure skating (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Tonight's "Rock and Roll Skating Championships" features Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Victor Petrenko, Debi Thomas and others skating as the up-tempo music moves them.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article | November 26, 1996
It's a night to rally around PBS, which presents two remarkable documentaries tonight: the final installment of the fascinating "Odyssey of Life" on "Nova," and an agonizingly intimate profile about a woman, in a film made by her own daughter, on "Frontline.""Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Delta Burke guest stars on her husband's show this week, playing Nathaniel's estranged mother. CBS."Nova: Odyssey of Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Lots of times, when watching the previous two installments of this fabulous, ultra-close-up look at nature and people, I asked myself, "How did the photographer get these pictures?"
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1997
Eight years' worth of rap and hip-hop is showcased on BET tonight (and all week), part of the channel's celebration of Black Music Month."So I Married an Axe Murderer" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Mike Myers is a newlywed whose bride (Nancy Travis) may not be quite the sweetheart she seems. Fox."Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Thanksgiving is a time for family, even for the Cranes. In this repeat from November, Lilith ( Bebe Neuwirth, always a delight) summons Frasier back to Boston to help young Frederick secure a spot in a prestigious private school.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1997
Sweeps month plunges on, the season starts winding down to a close and, on "Caroline In the City," Caroline and Richard try one more time to become an item. Remember last year, when Richard opted to commit his feelings to writing?"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Oh, the pitter-patter of those little Buchman feet are drawing ever closer: tonight, Jamie's mom and Paul's mom (Carol Burnett and Cynthia Harris) argue over who bought the better crib. NBC."Roseanne" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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