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June 22, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY
Some critics--including our very own Howard Rosenberg--contend the 1990s represent the real "Golden Age" of prime-time series, citing shows ranging from "Frasier" to "Ally McBeal" to "NYPD Blue." Others--including members of my very own family--cling more fondly to the past, arguing that nothing today rivals "The Honeymooners," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" or "The Twilight Zone." Hey, reasonable minds can differ.
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April 30, 1999 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The idea of Mickey Mouse, who starred in some of the most beautifully animated cartoons in the history of the medium, appearing in limited television animation sounds almost blasphemous. But "Disney's Mickey MouseWorks," the new series from Walt Disney Television Animation premiering Saturday at 11 a.m. on ABC, has a bright, fresh look, and while no one would mistake these cartoons for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in "Fantasia," they look downright lavish by TV standards.
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April 17, 1999 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it sheer coincidence or revenge of the "Teletubbies"? Has "Tinky Winky Comes Out of the Closet," televangelist Jerry Falwell's National Liberty Journal's attack in February on the big purple fellow, drawn more viewers to the PBS show? Or has the toddler-preschooler set for whom the program originally was intended, and their older siblings and parents, merely heard so much about this gang of four sugary-sweet techno-babies with TV screen-like bellies that they must tune in too?
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March 19, 1999 | LISA MEYER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Six months ago, Hugo Stevenson was a food delivery guy in the San Fernando Valley with a good idea, but no clue how to run a business. Two months ago, life wasn't improving. Stevenson was broke and $90,000 in debt. But last month he was standing in a showroom at Toy Fair here with the rights to turn Sid and Marty Krofft's creatures--from Krofft-created TV shows like "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" and "The Bugaloos"--into toys.
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March 17, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a lumpy beanbag set up on center stage, 16-year-old Fairai Richmond put his finger on what he thinks is wrong with children's television shows. "You ever notice that all the high schools on TV always look the same?" said Fairai, speaking to a crowd of TV executives and others at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood on Tuesday.
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March 17, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a lumpy beanbag set up on center stage, 16-year-old Fairai Richmond put his finger on what he thinks is wrong with children's television shows. "You ever notice that all the high schools on TV always look the same?" said Fairai, speaking to a crowd of TV executives and others at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. "You know, not like my high school but some fantasy high school," said Fairai, who attends Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades.
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March 5, 1999 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tutter, the irritable but endearing mouse, will be there. Look for Treelo, the playful lemur, and Ojo, the bear cub, who can be both brave and fearful. Keep an eye out for the mischievous and slightly annoying purple otters Pip and Pop. And, of course, Bear, the honey-colored, 7-foot-tall father of the house who represents the ideal parent.
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February 13, 1999 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joining one of the season's strangest national debates, the mayor of West Hollywood is stepping forward to defend TV character Tinky Winky against accusations that the pear-shaped Teletubby, who sometimes wears a tutu and carries a red handbag, is a bad influence on kids. "Tinky Winky is an innocent, innocuous icon for preschoolers," said Mayor Steve Martin. Tinky Winky, the largest of the Teletubbies, and his pals first aired in Britain in 1997.
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January 19, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY
She is, arguably, the most successful television executive of the last decade, having led a network to a four-year reign in first place. Yet it's telling, actually, that few people even within the entertainment industry would immediately come up with the name of Margaret Loesch, who served as president of the Fox Kids Network for seven years. In that time, she took the service from a start-up operation to a dominant force in children's TV, which ruled Saturday morning from 1993-97.
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January 2, 1999 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a time when a mouse was just a rodent, only spiders hung out in Web sites and polyester--in eye-clashing combinations of brown, orange, green, purple and yellow--became a hot fashion statement, "Zoom" zoomed into the cultural consciousness of kids and parents alike, quickly becoming one of PBS' biggest hits of the '70s.
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