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April 26, 1986
How in the world could the Dodgers let the Angels sign Terry Forster right under the noses like that? Heck, Forster could have jumped right in and hit better than any batter in the Dodger lineup. JOHN QUINLAN South Laguna
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November 26, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Angus T. Jones, the "Half Man" part of "Two and a Half Men," has managed to keep a fairly low profile during the hit CBS sitcom's 10 seasons on the air. But now that Charlie Sheen has moved on, he has shockingly become the latest source of controversy for the aging series. In a testimonial video recorded for the Christian-themed website Forerunner Chronicles , the 19-year-old Jones told viewers that "I'm on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it; please stop filling your head with filth.
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September 24, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Partners," which premieres Monday on CBS, is impossible to review without comparing it to other shows. It's "Will & Grace," except the best friends are men. It's "The Odd Couple," except this Felix is gay. In fact, another show, by the same name and sharing, at least for the pilot, director James Burrows and the same time slot, aired in 1995. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its derivative nature "Partners" is, if not revolutionary, then a monument to the fight: It proves, more than "The New Normal" or even "Modern Family," that being a gay man on TV is no longer a big deal.
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September 24, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Partners," which premieres Monday on CBS, is impossible to review without comparing it to other shows. It's "Will & Grace," except the best friends are men. It's "The Odd Couple," except this Felix is gay. In fact, another show, by the same name and sharing, at least for the pilot, director James Burrows and the same time slot, aired in 1995. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its derivative nature "Partners" is, if not revolutionary, then a monument to the fight: It proves, more than "The New Normal" or even "Modern Family," that being a gay man on TV is no longer a big deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
Everyone has had the experience of disagreeing with a critic, but do critics ever second-guess themselves? We asked Calendar's critics whether there are any reviews they regret. One in a series of occasional articles. -- When you watch television for a living, the pleasures are many. I was able to watch the entire season of "In Treatment" before the first episode aired, and I spent weeks immersing myself in "Battlestar Galactica" to refresh the old memory before the final season premiered.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
SERIES CNBC Titans: Herb Kelleher, founder and former chief executive of Southwest Airlines, is profiled (6, 7, 9 and 10 p.m. CNBC). Wipeout: Former contestants return on a new edition of the wet-and-wild reality competition (8 p.m. ABC). So You Think You Can Dance: Nicole Scherzinger performs on the results show (8 p.m. Fox). The First 48: Missing Persons: Detectives search for a man who disappeared while on a bike ride as the docu-series ends its season (10 p.m. A&E)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1999
I was a little furious when I finished Brian Lowry's column "The Problem With Men" (Jan. 12). My favorite lineup on network television is the Fox Sunday night one that includes "The Simpsons" and "The X-Files," but does that mean that I fit into the stereotype that he so neatly sets up? No. The bottom line is that the networks are not the only show in town and the quality of programming on them has decreased dramatically over the last several years. As a regular guy, I'm proud to say that I have watched the shows that he mentioned as being "Emmy-winning" and they just don't have the stuff to keep me coming back the way a "Seinfeld" did. Choices are what I want and what I pay almost $80 a month on cable to have!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
SERIES CNBC Titans: Herb Kelleher, founder and former chief executive of Southwest Airlines, is profiled (6, 7, 9 and 10 p.m. CNBC). Wipeout: Former contestants return on a new edition of the wet-and-wild reality competition (8 p.m. ABC). So You Think You Can Dance: Nicole Scherzinger performs on the results show (8 p.m. Fox). The First 48: Missing Persons: Detectives search for a man who disappeared while on a bike ride as the docu-series ends its season (10 p.m. A&E)
SPORTS
October 24, 2009
The NFL has scheduled yet another game in London, where it has rained all week and high winds are expected Sunday. Instead of playing in front of a bunch of Euros who know nothing about American football and applaud only after kicks, why not play a game in a city that supported the NFL for over 50 years and where the forecast is 78 degrees and sunny? Thanks for nothing, Roger Goodell. Mike Gamboa Buena Park
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August 25, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
Everyone has had the experience of disagreeing with a critic, but do critics ever second-guess themselves? We asked Calendar's critics whether there are any reviews they regret. One in a series of occasional articles. -- When you watch television for a living, the pleasures are many. I was able to watch the entire season of "In Treatment" before the first episode aired, and I spent weeks immersing myself in "Battlestar Galactica" to refresh the old memory before the final season premiered.
SPORTS
October 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
Tennessee hardly looked like the same team. Neither did Georgia. Bouncing back from a dismal loss at home the week before, No. 17 Tennessee got two touchdown passes from freshman Erik Ainge and held on for a 19-14 upset of the third-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday. The Volunteers (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) looked terrible in a 34-10 loss to Auburn -- especially Ainge, who threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in his first college start.
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January 16, 1999
I was a little furious when I finished Brian Lowry's column "The Problem With Men" (Jan. 12). My favorite lineup on network television is the Fox Sunday night one that includes "The Simpsons" and "The X-Files," but does that mean that I fit into the stereotype that he so neatly sets up? No. The bottom line is that the networks are not the only show in town and the quality of programming on them has decreased dramatically over the last several years. As a regular guy, I'm proud to say that I have watched the shows that he mentioned as being "Emmy-winning" and they just don't have the stuff to keep me coming back the way a "Seinfeld" did. Choices are what I want and what I pay almost $80 a month on cable to have!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY
Given television networks' fondness for pithy promotional phrases like "Must See TV" and "TV is Good," one executive recently joked that a more truthful slogan for his network would be, "We stink less." Actually, he used a more colorful synonym for "stink," but in any event, he's right. Much of television does stink, and network ratings--by the standards of even a few years ago--aren't likely to remind anyone of roses either.
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May 31, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the Dodgers still hope to use pitcher Hideo Nomo as the centerpiece to acquire Randy Johnson, their package must improve. Because with each run that scored during Nomo's brief appearance Saturday afternoon, the struggling right-hander's value plummeted. And the Dodgers were again delayed in their attempt to bring the Seattle Mariner all-star pitcher to Los Angeles. Nomo was chased after only 3 2/3 uninspired innings in a 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds before 37,643 at Dodger Stadium.
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March 10, 1998 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
Had you just walked in from Mars to watch the evening's featured match on Stadium Court Monday at the State Farm Evert Cup tennis tournament, you would have been looking for Japan's Al Sugiyama, ranked No. 17 in the world, to handle her opponent, a blond German ranked No. 45.
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