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May 22, 1991
According to published reports, ABC will not renew its low-rated but critically acclaimed Tuesday night drama "thirtysomething" for another season.Fans of the show, small in number put powerful in loyalty, believe "thirtysomething" provides a refreshing and compelling glimpse into the lives of an ensemble of complicated -- albeit angst-ridden -- characters. Detractors claim the show's characters are self-absorbed whiners.We'd like to know your view by having you respond to two questions.First, will you miss "thirtysomething"?
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com | August 31, 2009
I was thirtysomething when "thirtysomething" debuted on ABC in 1987. Considering ground-breaking television at the time, it was reality TV - for baby boomers, anyway - before there was reality TV. Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick wrote the story of two couples and their three single friends trapped in yuppiedom, pretending to be grown-ups, facing up to the compromises that daily batter the spirits of the idealistic college kids they still think they...
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May 23, 1991
Seventy-three percent of the people who answered our questions about the demise of ''thirtysomething'' will miss ABC's chronicle of yuppie life. Of 890 callers, 652 said they will miss the show. Its final episode airs next week.More than three-fourths (687 of 883 answers) also believe television has an obligation to provide shows like ''thirtysomething,'' which appeal only to a limited audience.RTC "It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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By Kate Shatzkin | May 14, 2008
thestonesoup.com This cooking blog features spare, elegant photography and recipes from a thirtysomething food lover and winemaker in Australia.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com | August 31, 2009
I was thirtysomething when "thirtysomething" debuted on ABC in 1987. Considering ground-breaking television at the time, it was reality TV - for baby boomers, anyway - before there was reality TV. Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick wrote the story of two couples and their three single friends trapped in yuppiedom, pretending to be grown-ups, facing up to the compromises that daily batter the spirits of the idealistic college kids they still think they...
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun TV Critic | February 13, 1991
Nancy lives. But Gary died.The producers of "thirtysomething" titled last night's episode, which promised a dramatic turn in the storyline of Nancy's cancer, "Life and Death."They delivered on that promise, but not as some fans expected: the death of Nancy.Before the second commercial break last night, Nancy (Patricia Wettig) got the results of second-look surgery after a year of chemotherapy.As she put it, "It's the best possible news. The cancer hasn't returned."Just when some viewers were surely breathing a sigh of relief, along came the news a few minutes later that Gary (Peter Horton)
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By Michael Hill | July 23, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Robert Iger, ABC's entertainment president, can't take a vacation from his job.He said that he was on a bus in Hawaii when a woman spotted ABC tag on the bag holding his snorkeling gear and immediately launched into a tirade about the cancellation of "thirtysomething.""She wanted to know who she could write to and who the idiot was who had made this decision,:" Iger said. "I think she was from Washington and had a whole group together that were incensed.""I told her 'lady this is your lucky day.'"Iger said that when she learned that she was talking to the man who cancelled "thirtysomething," she backed down a bit and the two had a nice discussion about the show.
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By Mike Giuliano | August 23, 1991
If the Sunset Grill seems really fresh-looking, it's not just because this restaurant-bar has only been open a couple weeks. It's also because this is a club with Southern California on its mind.This translates to design lines as lean as Jane Fonda, a grill-happy menu, a bar logo emulating the sun setting over the ocean, soothing paint colors like sea foam green and rose that are often echoed by the color of patrons' T-shirts, and a blond wood-trimmed bar that seems to attract blond-haired patrons.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | May 22, 1991
SO WHAT DO YOU say about a network that cancels "thirtysomething" and keeps "Baby Talk" alive? Maybe you say that its executives understand what H.L. Mencken meant when he said you'd never go broke underestimating the taste of the American public.That network would be ABC, which let America know that next Tuesday's episode will be the last for "thirtysomething" when it announced its new fall schedule yesterday. ABC has eight new shows on tap and a lot of shuffling of its old deck.Sunday and Monday stay as they are, but on Tuesday, "Full House" will move in to lead off the night, followed at 8:30 by the newcomer "Home Improvement," in which comedian Tim Allen plays a macho-man host of a home fix-it show who's a henpecked father of three at his real house.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 22, 1991
The chief programmer at ABC called "thirtysomething" the "highest quality drama ever on network television," but that didn't stop him from canceling it yesterday as he announced the network's fall schedule.After next week's episode, "thirtysomething" will be history -- along with "Twin Peaks," "China Beach," "Father Dowling," "Equal Justice," "Married People," "Davis Rules," "Going Places," Eddie Dodd," "Gabriel's Fire," "STAT," "Undercover" and "My Life and Times." Remaining episodes from some of the shows -- such as "China Beach" -- will air this summer.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW | August 19, 2007
THE LIVES OF OTHERS Sony DVD -- $26.96 When The New Yorker runs an essay on the allure of biography and headlines it "Lives of Others," you know this film has reached an ultimate of chic. But this year's Oscar-winner for best foreign film deserves more than its brilliant media and arthouse success; the film's sweeping, intricate narrative could make subtitle-readers out of pulp espionage fans. BROKEN ENGLISH Magnolia -- $26.98 "If there's any happiness to be found, it's in the arts," says Gena Rowlands in an interview on the DVD of Broken English.
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By SUSAN REIMER | June 17, 2007
LONG BEFORE THE SOPRANOS was heralded as a ground-breaking television drama about family, thirtysomething was heralded as a ground-breaking television drama about family. That was 20 years ago. In September 1987, ABC unveiled a provocative new series that echoed The Big Chill, a movie about the reunion of college friends a decade later, still trying to find their footing in the adult world. Thirtysomething -- "Real life is an acquired taste" was the network promo -- was a new kind of television.
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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 Jennifer Glimpse and Jennifer Glimpse,Los Angeles Times | May 23, 1995
The way actors Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig met and fell in love is so classic, it's almost corny. "We were, believe it or not, doing 'Streetcar Named Desire,' " says Wetting. "I know, it's so ridiculous. It sounds like I made it up. But we were doing Stella and Stanley in 'Streetcar' in Portsmouth, N.H. We met at the train station in New York City, took the train up and spent a couple of months in the dead of winter in Portsmouth.""We just fell in love with each other," says husband Olin later, "and we've lived under the same roof ever since."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | January 11, 1994
There's some bad news for fans of ABC's "Lois & Clark" and NBC's "seaQuest DSV." Although both new series are doing fairly well in ratings with young adults, one of them is probably not going to make it to the end of the year.The reason is the two networks have locked into a counterprogramming battle and each says it will not back off by moving its show out of the head-to-head matchup at 8 p.m. Sundays."We're not going to blink," Don Ohlmeyer, NBC West Coast president, said over the weekend.
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By Malcolm L. Johnson and Malcolm L. Johnson,Hartford Courant | November 13, 1993
Back in 1948, a dazzlingly athletic Gene Kelly bounced again and again into the air from his perch atop a park monument while a forgotten extra, playing one of the cardinal's minions, slashed haplessly at the laughing D'Artagnan.For kids born in the late '30s or early '40s, this was clearly the definitive film version of "The Three Musketeers." Today, the luster of the glossy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer color film, and its director, George Sidney, has dimmed. But the cast remains one to reckon with: Van Heflin as the somber Athos, Lana Turner as the scheming Lady de Winter, Angela Lansbury as the faithless queen, Frank Morgan as the befuddled king, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos, Keenan Wynn as Planchet, Vincent Price as Cardinal Richelieu.
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By David Zurawik | March 3, 1992
If you thought you couldn't get enough of "thirtysomething" before ABC took it off the air two years ago, tonight's your night. The Lifetime cable channel kicks off its nightly reruns of the series with a mini-marathon starting at 7 p.m. -- five hours straight of back-to-back "thirtysomething."The five shows that will be telecast tonight are the personal favorites of Mel Harris (Hope Steadman), Peter Horton (Gary Shepherd), Melanie Mayron (Melissa Steadman), Polly Draper (Ellyn Warren) and David Clennon (Miles Drentell)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 23, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- As if the show's cancellation in May wasn't enough, there was more bad news yesterday for "thirtysomething" fans.Contrary to previous announcements, ABC will not tie up loose ends from the series with one or more made-for-TV movies involving the characters, said Robert A. Iger, president of ABC Entertainment."
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By David Zurawik | March 3, 1992
If you thought you couldn't get enough of "thirtysomething" before ABC took it off the air two years ago, tonight's your night. The Lifetime cable channel kicks off its nightly reruns of the series with a mini-marathon starting at 7 p.m. -- five hours straight of back-to-back "thirtysomething."The five shows that will be telecast tonight are the personal favorites of Mel Harris (Hope Steadman), Peter Horton (Gary Shepherd), Melanie Mayron (Melissa Steadman), Polly Draper (Ellyn Warren) and David Clennon (Miles Drentell)
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 16, 1991
So much for the sensitive anguish of the "thirtysomething" life.EPatricia Wettig is movin' on. After a small, wifely role in the movie comedy blockbuster "City Slickers," she turns up in her first TV movie, "Silent Motive," at 9 tonight on the Lifetime cable network.Adios, Nancy Weston. And hello, Laura Bardell.Ms. Wettig won a pair of Emmys portraying Nancy on "thirtysomething," where modern emotional travail was intelligently addressed. Well, forget the intelligent part with "Silent Motive."
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