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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 10, 1995
Tonight's recommended lineup is simple, yet exciting: "VR.5" at 8, "The X-Files" at 9, "Picket Fences" at 10. Three excellent series; three new episodes. With "VR.5," since it's the premiere, you can't get any newer.* "VR.5." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Make plans to watch, and to tape, this new series, because after a few weeks -- when the series really launches into high gear and gets darker and stranger -- you may not only be hooked, but be wanting to go back and ferret out clues from earlier episodes.
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David Spade of "Just Shoot Me" tells Playboy that late comedian and best friend Chris Farley always seemed vulnerable to tragedy. "Of our group -- Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, me, Chris -- we all knew Farley was the funniest," Spade says. "He had so many different ways of being funny that we didn't. He was always bigger and goofier and more committed than any of us. But, Farley was the one we thought something might happen to -- like a guy walking through heavy traffic. It was nerve-racking.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 10, 1995
Virtual reality is real.Get used to it. That's the mantra for "VR.5," a knockout new Fox series about virtual reality that premieres at 8 tonight on WBFF (Channel 45).Sydney Bloom (Lori Singer), the twentysomething heroine of "VR.5," whispers the mantra at the start of each commercial break and lives it in a series of red-hot, surreal, sci-fi adventures during the program segments in between.I have a feeling we're also going to soon be seeing the message on T-shirts worn by legions of teen-age boys trying to feel a little closer to Sydney Bloom by wearing the words across their chests.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
Guest stars continue to populate popular series, and money expert Louis Rukeyser turns his attention to America's education system.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Actually, in this intriguing series' season finale, Sydney (Lori Singer) reaches VR.8, the deepest level of virtual reality she has plumbed to date, where she learns some family truths. But will she be able to come back out? Louise Fletcher makes a guest appearance as Sydney's mother. Fox.* "Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1995
The Newt-man is everywhere! That's House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), of course, who will address the citizenry tonight -- although not live on all networks. He infiltrates several other programs, and in late-night seems a likely target for tart-tongued Dennis Miller.* "Newt Gingrich: Address to the Nation" (8 p.m.- 9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13; cable CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN) -- In a twist on the administration tradition, the House speaker will offer his assessment of the first 100 days of the GOP Congress.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 17, 1995
Basketball fans will be in heaven tonight, but the alternatives, except for the fabulous fantasy forays on Fox, are few. Take it philosophically: That's the way the basketball bounces.* "NCAA basketball championships." (noon-5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This second day of action is likely to be no less upsetting -- as in the potential of some top-seeded upsets -- than yesterday's. CBS, once again, provides 10 hours of coverage in the afternoon and evening. CBS.* "VR.5."
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | March 24, 1995
The college game or the pros? Another dilemma looms for basketball fans, as the NCAA Tournament continues on CBS, while Michael Jordan makes his first home-court appearance since coming out of retirement in an NBA telecast on cable.* "NCAA Tournament" (7:30 p.m.-12:35 a.m., Channel 13) -- Tonight's double-header concluding the regional semifinals offers Wake Forest and Oklahoma in the East, followed by Virginia and Kansas from the Midwest. CBS.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Continuing the development of this new spring series, Sydney (Lori Singer)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 14, 1995
New series episodes abound, but some nostalgic visitors are on tap, too -- including Nancy Sinatra, Alvin & the Chipmunks and Lucy.* "The Ricki Lake Show" (5 p.m.-6 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Good news with a local angle: Baltimore resident Stacy Bowles says thanks to a former school counselor who helped turn her life around -- and the counselor, Nancy Pipkin of Lutherville, is on stage, too.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The sci-fi series delves into the same territory as a recent "Frontline" two-parter on PBS: the phenomenon of repressed memories of childhood (( abuse.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 5, 1995
The work of Baltimore's favorite film son, Barry Levinson, is on display twice tonight: on cable with one of his not-so-successful recent releases and in an episode of "Homicide." Also look for cameo guest spots here and there.* "Inside Maryland" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Jeff Salkin and Sloane Brown are the hosts of this new weekly magazine show that covers Maryland news issues and personalities. The show will repeat at 11 a.m. Sundays. MPT.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
Guest stars continue to populate popular series, and money expert Louis Rukeyser turns his attention to America's education system.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Actually, in this intriguing series' season finale, Sydney (Lori Singer) reaches VR.8, the deepest level of virtual reality she has plumbed to date, where she learns some family truths. But will she be able to come back out? Louise Fletcher makes a guest appearance as Sydney's mother. Fox.* "Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 5, 1995
The work of Baltimore's favorite film son, Barry Levinson, is on display twice tonight: on cable with one of his not-so-successful recent releases and in an episode of "Homicide." Also look for cameo guest spots here and there.* "Inside Maryland" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Jeff Salkin and Sloane Brown are the hosts of this new weekly magazine show that covers Maryland news issues and personalities. The show will repeat at 11 a.m. Sundays. MPT.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 28, 1995
More sweeps tactics are on display on CBS, while cable's Discovery Channel takes a sweeping look at the dramatic U.S. evacuation of Saigon, which occurred 20 years ago today.* "Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sweeps ploy #1: The network's nighttime series aren't doing so hot but "The Young and the Restless" is number one among daytime soaps. Thus, members of that cast do a night shift in this show, including Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell, Melody Thomas Scott and Doug Davidson.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 21, 1995
A new episode of "Homicide," with a focus on the personal problems of the Baltimore detectives, caps an evening that includes notable series repeats and one of the more influential American films of the 1950s.* "Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A repeat with a sobering message on guns in schools. When Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) is threatened with a pistol, Urkel (Jaleel White) tries to talk her out of buying a gun of her own for protection. ABC.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 14, 1995
New series episodes abound, but some nostalgic visitors are on tap, too -- including Nancy Sinatra, Alvin & the Chipmunks and Lucy.* "The Ricki Lake Show" (5 p.m.-6 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Good news with a local angle: Baltimore resident Stacy Bowles says thanks to a former school counselor who helped turn her life around -- and the counselor, Nancy Pipkin of Lutherville, is on stage, too.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The sci-fi series delves into the same territory as a recent "Frontline" two-parter on PBS: the phenomenon of repressed memories of childhood (( abuse.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1995
The Newt-man is everywhere! That's House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), of course, who will address the citizenry tonight -- although not live on all networks. He infiltrates several other programs, and in late-night seems a likely target for tart-tongued Dennis Miller.* "Newt Gingrich: Address to the Nation" (8 p.m.- 9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13; cable CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN) -- In a twist on the administration tradition, the House speaker will offer his assessment of the first 100 days of the GOP Congress.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | March 24, 1995
The college game or the pros? Another dilemma looms for basketball fans, as the NCAA Tournament continues on CBS, while Michael Jordan makes his first home-court appearance since coming out of retirement in an NBA telecast on cable.* "NCAA Tournament" (7:30 p.m.-12:35 a.m., Channel 13) -- Tonight's double-header concluding the regional semifinals offers Wake Forest and Oklahoma in the East, followed by Virginia and Kansas from the Midwest. CBS.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Continuing the development of this new spring series, Sydney (Lori Singer)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 21, 1995
A new episode of "Homicide," with a focus on the personal problems of the Baltimore detectives, caps an evening that includes notable series repeats and one of the more influential American films of the 1950s.* "Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A repeat with a sobering message on guns in schools. When Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) is threatened with a pistol, Urkel (Jaleel White) tries to talk her out of buying a gun of her own for protection. ABC.* "VR.5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | April 28, 1995
More sweeps tactics are on display on CBS, while cable's Discovery Channel takes a sweeping look at the dramatic U.S. evacuation of Saigon, which occurred 20 years ago today.* "Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sweeps ploy #1: The network's nighttime series aren't doing so hot but "The Young and the Restless" is number one among daytime soaps. Thus, members of that cast do a night shift in this show, including Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell, Melody Thomas Scott and Doug Davidson.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 17, 1995
Basketball fans will be in heaven tonight, but the alternatives, except for the fabulous fantasy forays on Fox, are few. Take it philosophically: That's the way the basketball bounces.* "NCAA basketball championships." (noon-5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This second day of action is likely to be no less upsetting -- as in the potential of some top-seeded upsets -- than yesterday's. CBS, once again, provides 10 hours of coverage in the afternoon and evening. CBS.* "VR.5."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 10, 1995
Tonight's recommended lineup is simple, yet exciting: "VR.5" at 8, "The X-Files" at 9, "Picket Fences" at 10. Three excellent series; three new episodes. With "VR.5," since it's the premiere, you can't get any newer.* "VR.5." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Make plans to watch, and to tape, this new series, because after a few weeks -- when the series really launches into high gear and gets darker and stranger -- you may not only be hooked, but be wanting to go back and ferret out clues from earlier episodes.
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