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August 13, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer
J. August Richards is tall, good-looking, yet sees himself as a serious dramatic actor--"a character actor," he says, without sounding the least bit egotistical, "in a leading man's body." A USC graduate who came to the school on scholarship, Richards landed guest parts in such programs as "The Practice," took acting workshops, met the right people.
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August 13, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer
J. August Richards is tall, good-looking, yet sees himself as a serious dramatic actor--"a character actor," he says, without sounding the least bit egotistical, "in a leading man's body." A USC graduate who came to the school on scholarship, Richards landed guest parts in such programs as "The Practice," took acting workshops, met the right people.
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October 1, 2003 | Virginia Tyson, Times Staff Writer
Last season was a dark time in the Buffyverse. First, over on UPN, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended its seven-season run as Buffy and her pals in Sunnydale waged war -- and won -- against the First Evil and his minions. Meanwhile, on the WB's spinoff series, "Angel," Los Angeles was plunged into permanent midnight by the Beast, the servant of an emotionally needy demon with a big appetite.
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October 8, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"Don't listen to the words--listen to the song," exhorts one of the characters in Tina Landau's "Space," an eyeful and earful, if not quite a headful, now making its West Coast premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. The exhortation is Landau's as well.
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October 1, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In true Hollywood form, several older series will be getting face lifts this fall with an infusion of new characters, big-name guest stars and plot twists. Former bad boys Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr. are joining comedies, while Oscar-winning Sally Field will check into "ER." Though the presidential debates could shift some planned premieres, below is a look at what's in store for your favorite series.
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March 3, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The ads for "Conviction," which premieres tonight on NBC, have taken pains to point out that the average age of an assistant district attorney (or perhaps a New York assistant district attorney, I don't recall specifically) is 28, which I read as a preemptive strike against complaints that here again is a drama top-loaded with improbably young, good-looking kids. Well, I will grant them the "young," but as to the universal beauty of lawyers, I daresay they may have stretched the truth.
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February 8, 2001 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Audio Peppermints in the Parlor. Listening Library/Random House. 3 cassettes or CDs (5 hours, 12 minutes): $22 and $33. Ages 10 and up. (800) 243-4504, Ext. 1.http://www.listening.library.com/. Turn off the TV, take a long car ride or just gather 'round the family sound system for some prime entertainment as Angela Lansbury performs Barbara Brooks Wallace's deliciously gothic, Dickensian adventure about orphaned heiress Emily.
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September 1, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
“Raising the Bar” is an underwhelming new legal drama from Steven Bochco, still of "NYPD Blue" fame, and David Feige, a lawyer and writer. ("Indefensible," Feige's well-reviewed book about his experience as a public defender in New York City, is partly the inspiration for the series.) It begins tonight on TNT and, not to knock basic cable -- indeed, it's where the action is -- but this is not a show likely to have washed up on the shores of a broadcast network. It's not all bad, but nothing in it argues that it needed to be made other than to give the people who made it something to do. It's a mediocre misfire in which the odd good parts beg for a better home.
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April 11, 2002 | JULIA GAYNOR
Sunshine, the surly and careworn barmaid at Smog Cutter, brays above the drunken din, "Shawn and Christ, get over here. You're up." The questionably named Sunshine doubles as a karaoke hostess when she's not razzing the regulars at this watering hole-cum-karaoke bar on a sketchy stretch of Virgil Avenue south of Los Feliz. It's Sunday night's usual mix of slouchy Silver Lake boys and girls in their 20s mingling with the regulars--Vietnam vets and serious drinkers--most signing up to sing.
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