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Monday on CBS is becoming the new Best Night of Television, the way Thursday on NBC was throughout the '80s. CBS comedies "Murphy Brown," "Evening Shade" and "Designing Women" have all evolved into respectable hits, and the quirky comedy-drama "Northern Exposure" keeps adding to its large following. The only ringer in the group is "Major Dad," a formula sitcom with no potential for ever hitting one out of the ballpark. It just bunts, week after week, dull and dolorous.
Gary David Goldberg is thrilled that Bravo has chosen his acclaimed 1991-93 CBS series "Brooklyn Bridge" as the latest offering on its "TV Too Good for TV" showcase. (During the past year, "Twin Peaks" and "Max Headroom" have found a new home on the cable channel.) "Brooklyn Bridge," which premiered to great acclaim in September, 1991, is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama based on creator-executive producer Goldberg's childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1956.
June 5, 1989 | From Times wire services
A handicapped daredevil calling himself "Megaman" and wearing a cape today dangled from the George Washington Bridge, throwing smoke bombs and causing a massive rush-hour traffic snarl. After about two hours, police hauled the man up by the ropes he used to hang from the bridge and arrested him. The daredevil, identified as Raymond Mohammad of the Bronx, was the same man who last August dangled from a wheelchair from the Brooklyn Bridge, his Megaman nickname emblazoned on his socks, police said.
October 7, 2009 | Susan King
Long before she became an iconic TV mom, Marion Ross -- a.k.a. Mrs. Cunningham from "Happy Days" -- dreamed of becoming an actress growing up in the small town of Albert Lea, Minn. She recalls being "transported" by movies, especially in the snowy winter months when getting to a theater was no easy task. "We would walk across the ice to go to the theater," Ross said in a recent interview. "Coming home it was dark and you would cross the frozen ice. I would be weeping and standing under the streetlight with the light coming down and snow would be falling in my face.
January 10, 1993 | James Endrst, The Hartford Courant
Who's killing prime-time television's quality shows, the networks or the viewers? The networks say it's the viewers--bombarded with options, remote control at the ready and impatient for entertainment. Viewers, especially those deeply attached to well-crafted programs that fall into the ratings margins, say it's the networks that are impatient, catering to the whims of the lowest common denominator.
June 22, 2003 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
When the Brooklyn Bridge was approaching its 100th birthday in 1983, a committee of dignitaries spent years planning the celebration, then threw a party to remember, with fireworks seen for miles. That bridge remains such a beloved landmark that even its 120th birthday last month became an occasion for festivities, capped by a laser light show. "It's the bridge to the world," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said.
October 12, 1991 | RICK DU BROW
It's been almost an axiom in network TV that weekly series with a distinctly ethnic Jewish flavor will be tuned out because of limited appeal. So imagine the delight of CBS as initial episodes of "Brooklyn Bridge," a warm and witty comedy about a distinctly Jewish family in 1950s Brooklyn, have registered higher ratings nationally than in the big cities where many Jewish people live.
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