October 19, 1993 |
Fox's abrupt decision to cancel the troubled "The Chevy Chase Show" came out of a desire to save Chase and the network further embarrassment from critical blasts, celebrities who didn't want to go on the low-rated program and declining viewer interest, Fox officials said Monday. Fox Broadcasting Co. chairman Lucie Salhany said that even though the move to pull the plug on the 39-day-old show seemed sudden, "everyone had seen the handwriting on the wall. We couldn't get guests.
September 20, 1992 |
You won't see any mention of him in the opening or closing credits, but yes, that is Chevy Chase you'll see in Columbia Pictures' upcoming "Hero," starring Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy Garcia. Behind the bespectacled face and the makeup job that makes his hair look thinner, you can find Chase playing a dominating and demanding news chief of a Chicago TV station, where Davis is a reporter.
July 7, 1991 |
Gottlieb, owner until recently of A Change of Hobbit, a science-fiction bookstore in Santa Monica, is a lifelong pacifist with an enduring interest in the 25 million men who were of draftable age but did not fight in Vietnam. She has collected the oral histories of men who refused to go--to find out why they didn't, and, often more amusingly, how they didn't. Unfortunately, her fine passion does not suffice. Too many of the stories are brief--barely anecdotes, almost anti-war quips.
December 5, 2012 |
Two eligible single people are off the market today, as ESPN's Samantha Steele said she is engaged to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. Here is how the proposal went: Ponder spelled out "Marry Me" in Christmas lights on his house. Neither Chevy Chase nor the rest of the cast of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" were involved. Steele and Ponder met earlier this year on the set of ESPN's "College Gameday. " The Vikings have stumbled to 6-6 this season after beginning the campaign 4-1, making many wonder if Ponder's relationship with Steele is a distraction.
June 1, 2013 |
Dan Harmon is reportedly moving back to the "Community" he created. Sources close to the NBC sitcom -- which Harmon left last year following widely publicized clashes with star Chevy Chase -- said a deal is expected to close next week that would reinstate Harmon as show runner. NBC did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation. Writers David Guarascio and Moses Port oversaw Season 4 of the cult comedy, which concluded last month. Some fans criticized the direction "Community" took in Harmon's absence, though ratings remained steady.
April 28, 1994 |
In "Cops and Robbersons," an outwardly perfect but truly dysfunctional suburban family with a bumbling, ineffectual, cop-wannabe dad (Chevy Chase) allows a crusty old policeman and his assistant to move in to monitor a gangster who has moved in next door. (Rated PG.) So what if the critics have been lukewarm? Kids, especially in the 10- to 13-year-old range, said this "dumb comedy" was plenty good enough for them. "It was better than average, I guess," said Morgan McGilvray, 13.
March 21, 1989 |
The Chevy Chase name still appears to guarantee a big opening. Chase's "Fletch Lives" enjoyed the second largest opening of the year so far, behind Tom Hanks' "The 'burbs." "Fletch Lives" grossed $8 million at 1,479 screens, or $5,440 per screen. That's a strong showing, considering this is a a slow time of year for the movie business. It's also slightly better than "Fletch" did when it opened in spring, 1985.