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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 9, 1994
On the 20th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation as president, cable offers two documentaries keyed to Watergate tonight. Unfortunately, they overlap -- but you can enjoy both, providing your TV room is equipped with a secret taping system. On broadcast TV, the most intriguing offering is a new episode of "TV Nation."* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- I don't want to give too much detail about which reports are scheduled in tonight's "TV Nation," because part of the fun is in the surprise, and in the variety.
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By Julia Keller and Julia Keller,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 10, 2005
In 1996, fabulously popular talk-show host Oprah Winfrey made reading all the rage when she created her book club. The initial incarnation - spotlighting the work of authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Wally Lamb and Jacquelyn Mitchard - lasted until 2002, when a weary Winfrey called it quits, returning to the book theme a year later with a plan to pick only classics. Now Kathleen Rooney, 25, has come along to tell us what it all meant. Reading With Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America (University of Arkansas Press, $24.95)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 26, 1994
Today marks the scheduled start of the Whitewater hearings, which will be carried live (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) by CNN -- but won't exactly get the saturation coverage earmarked for anything having to do with O. J. Simpson. As for entertainment programming tonight, the freshest offering is the second episode of Michael Moore's "TV Nation."* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The premiere of this series didn't exactly grab the TV nation: The show finished third in its time period. Part of that is due to the fact that this series is mature enough, in content and concepts, to belong at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. instead, and part may be due to the fact that "TV Nation" is not easily described.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2002
IF YOU ARE OVER THE age of 40, chances are you remember what you were doing with your evenings exactly 25 years ago - you were watching Roots. Most Americans were. The ABC miniseries, broadcast in eight parts from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30, 1977, remains a television phenomenon. Its concluding episode is the third highest rated program in history - behind the finale of M*A*S*H and the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of Dallas. Some 71 percent of televisions that were turned on at the time were tuned to Roots.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1996
If you were among the millions who never saw "TV Nation" on NBC and Fox, shame on you: You missed some of TV's best hours. For the uninitiated, tonight's best-of compilation on Comedy Central is a good place to start."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | December 28, 1994
Because TV isn't "counting the house" this week -- ratings don't matter much until after the New Year -- the networks can put on programming with high ambitions but relatively low ratings potential. They can -- and tonight, some of them even do.* "TV Nation: Year-in-Review Special" (8-9 p.m., Channel 4) -- Great news for "TV Nation" fans: This isn't a collection of old "TV Nation" clips. Bad news for some: It's blacked out on Channel 2.It's an all-new special looking back on what, by any yardstick, was a rather amazing year.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 16, 1994
If you look at the TV listings today, you'll find a glut of movies and documentaries featuring Elvis Presley, including the excellent 1979 "Elvis" docudrama on TBS and the ultra-mod 1964 movie "Viva Las Vegas" on TNT. The reason has nothing to do with daughter Lisa Marie Presley's nuptials, but everything to do with the fact that today is the 17th anniversary of Elvis' death.* "TV Nation." (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Today is "TV Nation Day" in Fishkill, N.Y. -- which means, believe it or not, that all municipal employees have the day off. "TV Nation" host Michael Moore has to work, though, and will anchor part of this show live -- after being the guest of honor at, and in, a Fishkill parade.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 19, 1994
The comet fragments crashing on Jupiter have proven so visually spectacular that it's justifiable referring to the results as plumes with a view. Watch newscasts, and CNN, for the latest incoming pictures from Jupiter -- and tonight, make sure to watch NBC's "TV Nation," the delightful new series from tenured troublemaker Michael Moore. A good new TV series premiering in the summertime? Maybe it's a side effect of the crashes on Jupiter.* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Michael Moore is the guy whose guerrilla filmmaking tactics proved so devastatingly funny, yet still relevant, in "Roger & Me."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 23, 1994
The best way to be entertained by TV tonight -- after watching "TV Nation" that is -- is to sample several cable movies to catch early roles by actors and actresses who today are a lot more in demand. Tonight's exhibits: Tommy Lee Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fran Drescher.* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., Channel 4) -- It's almost better not knowing what's on this show, because the variety is a constant and pleasant surprise. Suffice it to say that Michael Moore, Merrill Markoe and Ben Hamper are on the road and on the case.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1995
Covering the news does not usually provide much comedy, but Michael Moore's "TV Nation" tries for laughs along with insight, as it moves to Fox tonight. Penn and Teller do the same for the proper Boston Pops Orchestra.* "TV Nation" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Perhaps too satirical for NBC, where it aired a year ago, the sly "docu-comedy" series from filmmaker Michael Moore ("Roger & Me") and the BBC premieres a new season. Among tonight's stories, correspondent Louis Theroux visits a Maryland couple, Ray and Louise Barnes, whose Fallston business specializes in cleaning up grisly crime scenes.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1996
If you were among the millions who never saw "TV Nation" on NBC and Fox, shame on you: You missed some of TV's best hours. For the uninitiated, tonight's best-of compilation on Comedy Central is a good place to start."
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By Beth Reinhard and Beth Reinhard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 17, 1996
They are the real estate agents of "Homicide," searching for the perfect kitchen, garden or street corner where, more often than not, a body will be found.Location manager Kathi Ash and production designer Vince Peranio cruise the city two days a week in a green Ford Aerostar van, scouting locations to rent or borrow -- from the rowhouses of Highlandtown to the alleys of Pigtown -- for the Baltimore-based NBC television drama."I look at this show as a documentary of Baltimore," said Peranio, a veteran of John Waters movies who grew up in South Baltimore.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1995
Covering the news does not usually provide much comedy, but Michael Moore's "TV Nation" tries for laughs along with insight, as it moves to Fox tonight. Penn and Teller do the same for the proper Boston Pops Orchestra.* "TV Nation" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Perhaps too satirical for NBC, where it aired a year ago, the sly "docu-comedy" series from filmmaker Michael Moore ("Roger & Me") and the BBC premieres a new season. Among tonight's stories, correspondent Louis Theroux visits a Maryland couple, Ray and Louise Barnes, whose Fallston business specializes in cleaning up grisly crime scenes.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | December 28, 1994
Because TV isn't "counting the house" this week -- ratings don't matter much until after the New Year -- the networks can put on programming with high ambitions but relatively low ratings potential. They can -- and tonight, some of them even do.* "TV Nation: Year-in-Review Special" (8-9 p.m., Channel 4) -- Great news for "TV Nation" fans: This isn't a collection of old "TV Nation" clips. Bad news for some: It's blacked out on Channel 2.It's an all-new special looking back on what, by any yardstick, was a rather amazing year.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 23, 1994
The best way to be entertained by TV tonight -- after watching "TV Nation" that is -- is to sample several cable movies to catch early roles by actors and actresses who today are a lot more in demand. Tonight's exhibits: Tommy Lee Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fran Drescher.* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., Channel 4) -- It's almost better not knowing what's on this show, because the variety is a constant and pleasant surprise. Suffice it to say that Michael Moore, Merrill Markoe and Ben Hamper are on the road and on the case.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 16, 1994
If you look at the TV listings today, you'll find a glut of movies and documentaries featuring Elvis Presley, including the excellent 1979 "Elvis" docudrama on TBS and the ultra-mod 1964 movie "Viva Las Vegas" on TNT. The reason has nothing to do with daughter Lisa Marie Presley's nuptials, but everything to do with the fact that today is the 17th anniversary of Elvis' death.* "TV Nation." (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Today is "TV Nation Day" in Fishkill, N.Y. -- which means, believe it or not, that all municipal employees have the day off. "TV Nation" host Michael Moore has to work, though, and will anchor part of this show live -- after being the guest of honor at, and in, a Fishkill parade.
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By Julia Keller and Julia Keller,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 10, 2005
In 1996, fabulously popular talk-show host Oprah Winfrey made reading all the rage when she created her book club. The initial incarnation - spotlighting the work of authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Wally Lamb and Jacquelyn Mitchard - lasted until 2002, when a weary Winfrey called it quits, returning to the book theme a year later with a plan to pick only classics. Now Kathleen Rooney, 25, has come along to tell us what it all meant. Reading With Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America (University of Arkansas Press, $24.95)
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,Chicago Tribune | April 12, 1992
Folk singer James Taylor succinctly summed up the relationship between television and popular music in a recent issue of TV Guide: "The national life takes place on TV, and if you're not there, you're not in the national consciousness."Perhaps Mr. Taylor was overstating the medium's importance as a mirror of society and culture. But when it comes to selling pop records and promoting rock artists, television is a force second to none.In the rock 'n' roll era, popular taste has often been shaped by televised events: Elvis' censored hips, Mick Jagger's lascivious lips and the Beatles' mop tops on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and the gyrating teens on "American Bandstand," "Soul Train," "Hullabaloo" and "Shindig" embodied the energy and ubiquity of teen culture, the "it's-got-a-good-beat-and-you-can-dance-to-it" generation.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 9, 1994
On the 20th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation as president, cable offers two documentaries keyed to Watergate tonight. Unfortunately, they overlap -- but you can enjoy both, providing your TV room is equipped with a secret taping system. On broadcast TV, the most intriguing offering is a new episode of "TV Nation."* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- I don't want to give too much detail about which reports are scheduled in tonight's "TV Nation," because part of the fun is in the surprise, and in the variety.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 26, 1994
Today marks the scheduled start of the Whitewater hearings, which will be carried live (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) by CNN -- but won't exactly get the saturation coverage earmarked for anything having to do with O. J. Simpson. As for entertainment programming tonight, the freshest offering is the second episode of Michael Moore's "TV Nation."* "TV Nation" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The premiere of this series didn't exactly grab the TV nation: The show finished third in its time period. Part of that is due to the fact that this series is mature enough, in content and concepts, to belong at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. instead, and part may be due to the fact that "TV Nation" is not easily described.
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