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June 20, 2011 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
It's long been said that there are no new ideas in Hollywood. But we have to admit that there have been some pretty good new incarnations of the old ones. Here we trace the possible genetic forebears of AMC's "Mad Men. " PREMISE "Mad Men": A poor Korean war soldier reinvents himself as a suave ad executive and family man and confronts the increasingly complicated sexual politics of the 1960s. "thirtysomething": Peace-loving hippies of the 1960s reinvent themselves as ad executives and family men and confront the increasingly complicated sexual politics of the 1980s.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Tom Hanks may have lost lead actor in a play, but he has a fan in Joan Rivers. Hanks was considered a front-runner for his performance in "Lucky Guy. " Instead, the Tony went to Tracy Letts for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Letts had previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his play "August: Osage County," so his mantle wasn't bare before Sunday night. And, of course, Hanks has two Oscars to keep him company. COMPLETE LIST: Winners and nominees Who were the big winners at the  67th Tony Awards ?
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Tom Hanks may have lost lead actor in a play, but he has a fan in Joan Rivers. Hanks was considered a front-runner for his performance in "Lucky Guy. " Instead, the Tony went to Tracy Letts for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Letts had previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his play "August: Osage County," so his mantle wasn't bare before Sunday night. And, of course, Hanks has two Oscars to keep him company. COMPLETE LIST: Winners and nominees Who were the big winners at the  67th Tony Awards ?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2012
SUNDAY From the animated antics of "The Simpsons" to the ratings powerhouse that is "American Idol," a once-upstart network and some of its stars, past and present, will celebrate a quarter-century of TV goodness in "Fox's 25th Anniversary Special. " (Fox, 8 p.m.) She debunked the so-called "Seinfeld" curse with her hit series "The New Adventures of Old Christine," so we've no doubt that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will have us laughing with her — as well as at her — in her new D.C.-set sitcom "Veep.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2010 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Before the two best-actor Oscars, the hit movies and other distinguished projects that catapulted him into Hollywood's elite ranks, Tom Hanks was an un-pretty woman. In 1980, Hanks got one of his first breaks with "Bosom Buddies," an ABC show in which he and Peter Scolari played bachelor ad men who move into an all-female apartment house after their building is condemned. The actors donned wigs, bras, pantyhose, wigs and skirts as they hung out with their neighbors, including a blond bombshell (Donna Dixon)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The zippy, nostalgic comedy "That Thing You Do!" marks not only Tom Hanks' feature film directing debut. It's also his on-screen reunion with actor Peter Scolari. Hanks and Scolari got their big breaks 16 years ago starring in the ABC comedy series "Bosom Buddies." Scolari's Henry Desmond and Hanks' Kip Wilson were junior copywriters at a New York ad agency who dressed in drag in order to get a room in a women's-only hotel.
NEWS
July 24, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller
Showtune: Uh-oh. Two divas are asked to share the spotlight, and it seems only a matter of time until feathers and spangles start to fly. Instead, they break into song -- a perfect number for dueling legends Dolly Gallagher Levi and Mame Dennis. It's "Bosom Buddies," a "Mame" tune that allows the two women to skewer one another with glee. This showdown between the title characters of "Hello, Dolly!"
NEWS
July 5, 1992 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Bosom Buddies" premiered on ABC in the fall of 1980 with little fanfare. The cast was a group of unknowns. The concept seemed a blatant rip-off of the classic gender-bender movie "Some Like It Hot." But the series turned out to be a surprisingly funny twist on a hackneyed theme. "Bosom Buddies" developed a small but loyal following and squeaked by for two seasons despite having its time period change six times.
SPORTS
January 12, 2006 | J.A. Adande
The biggest story in the NFL playoffs is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, which, of course, has me thinking about the show "Bosom Buddies." I can't watch Manning without wondering what happened to Ryan Leaf. And I can't mention Leaf without recalling Peter Scolari. If you don't know who Peter Scolari is, that's the point. Back in the early 1980s, he co-starred with Tom Hanks in a TV show called "Bosom Buddies."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The economy — sluggish, recession-y, depressed — while slow to recover has also been slow to inspire television series about the slow-to-recover economy. As if in recompense, not one but two shows with premises rooted in high unemployment premiere Tuesday. In each, the lead characters lead double lives for the sake of a job: In the much remarked upon but hardly anticipated "Work It" on ABC, two men put on wigs and dresses to sell pharmaceuticals at a firm that prefers to hire women over men (because, as one character explains, "the doctors seem to want to nail them less" — because doctors are, you know, dudes)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The economy — sluggish, recession-y, depressed — while slow to recover has also been slow to inspire television series about the slow-to-recover economy. As if in recompense, not one but two shows with premises rooted in high unemployment premiere Tuesday. In each, the lead characters lead double lives for the sake of a job: In the much remarked upon but hardly anticipated "Work It" on ABC, two men put on wigs and dresses to sell pharmaceuticals at a firm that prefers to hire women over men (because, as one character explains, "the doctors seem to want to nail them less" — because doctors are, you know, dudes)
NEWS
June 20, 2011 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
It's long been said that there are no new ideas in Hollywood. But we have to admit that there have been some pretty good new incarnations of the old ones. Here we trace the possible genetic forebears of AMC's "Mad Men. " PREMISE "Mad Men": A poor Korean war soldier reinvents himself as a suave ad executive and family man and confronts the increasingly complicated sexual politics of the 1960s. "thirtysomething": Peace-loving hippies of the 1960s reinvent themselves as ad executives and family men and confront the increasingly complicated sexual politics of the 1980s.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2010 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Before the two best-actor Oscars, the hit movies and other distinguished projects that catapulted him into Hollywood's elite ranks, Tom Hanks was an un-pretty woman. In 1980, Hanks got one of his first breaks with "Bosom Buddies," an ABC show in which he and Peter Scolari played bachelor ad men who move into an all-female apartment house after their building is condemned. The actors donned wigs, bras, pantyhose, wigs and skirts as they hung out with their neighbors, including a blond bombshell (Donna Dixon)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2008 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Most of us tend to view our family histories as the stuff of myth. Filtered through time and memory, our forebears expand into larger-than-life archetypes whose everyday lives are fraught with humor, drama and danger. Sadly, in "The Immigrant," the 2002 musical now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Colony Theatre, the ancestors of record, although heroically intended, dwindle into sentimentalized stereotypes. Based on Mark Harelik's autobiographical 1985 play by the same name, with a book by Harelik, music by Steven M. Alper and lyrics by Sarah Knapp, the story concerns the immigration of Harelik's Russian Jewish grandparents to the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas, early in the last century.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2007 | DON FREDERICK AND ANDREW MALCOLM
Since sex sells, it's no surprise that much of the initial buzz over Tom DeFrank's new book, "Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford," has focused on the 38th president's diagnosis of the 42nd president as the Monica Lewinsky scandal exploded. "He's sick," Jerry Ford said of Bill Clinton. "I'm convinced that Clinton has a sexual addiction. He needs to get help." The New York Daily News (DeFrank's own newspaper, where he's the longtime D.C.
SPORTS
January 12, 2006 | J.A. Adande
The biggest story in the NFL playoffs is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, which, of course, has me thinking about the show "Bosom Buddies." I can't watch Manning without wondering what happened to Ryan Leaf. And I can't mention Leaf without recalling Peter Scolari. If you don't know who Peter Scolari is, that's the point. Back in the early 1980s, he co-starred with Tom Hanks in a TV show called "Bosom Buddies."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2012
SUNDAY From the animated antics of "The Simpsons" to the ratings powerhouse that is "American Idol," a once-upstart network and some of its stars, past and present, will celebrate a quarter-century of TV goodness in "Fox's 25th Anniversary Special. " (Fox, 8 p.m.) She debunked the so-called "Seinfeld" curse with her hit series "The New Adventures of Old Christine," so we've no doubt that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will have us laughing with her — as well as at her — in her new D.C.-set sitcom "Veep.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2008 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Most of us tend to view our family histories as the stuff of myth. Filtered through time and memory, our forebears expand into larger-than-life archetypes whose everyday lives are fraught with humor, drama and danger. Sadly, in "The Immigrant," the 2002 musical now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Colony Theatre, the ancestors of record, although heroically intended, dwindle into sentimentalized stereotypes. Based on Mark Harelik's autobiographical 1985 play by the same name, with a book by Harelik, music by Steven M. Alper and lyrics by Sarah Knapp, the story concerns the immigration of Harelik's Russian Jewish grandparents to the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas, early in the last century.
NEWS
July 24, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller
Showtune: Uh-oh. Two divas are asked to share the spotlight, and it seems only a matter of time until feathers and spangles start to fly. Instead, they break into song -- a perfect number for dueling legends Dolly Gallagher Levi and Mame Dennis. It's "Bosom Buddies," a "Mame" tune that allows the two women to skewer one another with glee. This showdown between the title characters of "Hello, Dolly!"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2002 | Don Shirley
Who charms the husk right off the corn? Mame, of course, but is Carol Lawrence or Amanda McBroom the better husk-charmer? Dueling productions of "Mame" opened this weekend. Lawrence is in the Musical Theatre West staging at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach. McBroom leads the cast in the Cabrillo Music Theatre production at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Producers of both "Mames" say that "Mame" composer Jerry Herman has advised their respective teams.
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