July 10, 1987 |
The time slot is 8 p.m. Thursday, and it belongs to "The Cosby Show." Many have tried but none have succeeded in dethroning NBC's top-rated king of comedy. "The Fall Guy" fell, "Our World" was ignored; the face that launched a thousand Jell-O Pudding Pops even sent "Magnum, P.I." fleeing for a safer spot on the prime-time schedule. But even though it's dangerous out there on Thursdays at 8, the other networks have to put something on the air.
May 10, 1992
I'm ashamed to admit that I was a late comer to "Cosby" and didn't get into watching it until well into its popularity. What hooked me was the consistent sincerity between the Huxtables, most noticeably Cliff and Clair--the honest and truly funny moments shared between two people as husband and wife and caring parents. What they did or did not do to reflect their heritage should not be a criticism here. The intention of "Cosby" was never to preach but to entertain and, in so doing, inform.
April 23, 1986 |
Call it grace in defeat. Call it putting on a happy face. Call it making the best of a bum deal. Whatever you call it, NBC's network competitors were returning phone calls Tuesday as they congenially bowed to the preening peacock's first ratings win in more than 30 years. From the Enough Said department, ABC Entertainment President Brandon Stoddard in Century City issued a brief, two-sentence statement. "Congratulations to NBC," read the No. 3 network's spokesman. "We're glad our season is over."
December 28, 1986 |
Things we did double takes on: Don Johnson on every cover--even New Age: "Making Sobriety Sexy." A KTTV Channel 5 ad for "The Fly"--followed by a pesticide commercial. Name (registered with the Department of Agriculture) for a tough new strain of wheat: Rambo. Tom Cruise's smile count in "Top Gun": 38 grins, 49 outright, pearly-white smiles.
November 20, 1985 |
Stepin Fetchit, the black comedian who became a Hollywood star in the 1930s by playing lazy, slow-moving, easily frightened characters, died Tuesday of heart failure and pneumonia at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 93. Fetchit, born Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, came to Hollywood in the late 1920s and made a small fortune portraying shuffling, idle men who rolled their eyes in fright and ignorance at the complexities of the world.
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February 10, 2001 |
Saying he wanted to do the right thing, the man convicted of killing Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, has written a letter to the California attorney general's office confessing to the crime and asking that his 1998 appeal be dropped. "It is based on falsehood and deceit. I am guilty and I want to do the right thing," Mikail Markhasev, 22, wrote in the letter. "More than anything, I want to apologize to the victim's family.