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December 29, 1992 | JOSEPH TUROW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Joseph Turow is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. and
ABC's new series, "The Jackie Thomas Show," raises an intriguing question about American TV and its audience: Is it possible to build a successful situation comedy series around a character who is thoroughly distasteful? The emphasis here is on the word thoroughly . There is a rather strong tradition on U.S. television (and radio and movies before that) of mounting sitcoms with central protagonists who blend an outrageously unlikable side with a persuasive charm.
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May 15, 1993 | SUSAN KING, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Today's Tom and Roseanne Item: The Arnolds' saga with ABC continues. Last month, Roseanne Arnold threatened to take her top-rated series, "Roseanne," to another network if ABC didn't renew hubby Tom's sitcom, "The Jackie Thomas Show." Last week, Tom reported that he was tired of waiting for ABC's decision and was going to do a series for CBS. On Monday, ABC canceled "Jackie Thomas Show."
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May 8, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Jackie Thomas Show" is history, its star said Friday. Tom Arnold, of the ABC situation comedy that he created with his wife, Roseanne Arnold, said he can no longer wait for ABC to make a decision about whether it would be renewed for next season. ABC was expected to make an announcement on Tuesday about the future of the show. A spokeswoman for Arnold said he will star next season in a CBS series to be written by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, creator of "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade."
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May 8, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Jackie Thomas Show" is history, its star said Friday. Tom Arnold, of the ABC situation comedy that he created with his wife, Roseanne Arnold, said he can no longer wait for ABC to make a decision about whether it would be renewed for next season. ABC was expected to make an announcement on Tuesday about the future of the show. A spokeswoman for Arnold said he will star next season in a CBS series to be written by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, creator of "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade."
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December 4, 1992 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sam Rubin, KTLA-TV Channel 5's puckish entertainment reporter, says he sees no breach of journalistic ethics in his accepting an acting role on Tom Arnold's new sitcom after helping the actor publicize the show when he interviewed Tom and Roseanne Arnold in their bed a couple of weeks ago on "The KTLA Morning News."
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December 29, 1992 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As he looks to the camera, ruminating on the distinct possibility of firing the head writer of his hit sitcom, Tom Arnold's expression alternates between sympathy and smirk. "His job has the highest turnover," notes Arnold. Cut to head writer Bob Myer: "It's possible I could be gone from the series," he says. "It's not without historical precedent. There's no such thing as job security here." A scene from the "The Jackie Thomas Show," in which Arnold portrays the tyrant star of a hit sitcom?
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February 14, 1993
"The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC) is the one program I make a point of watching each week. It's an absolute hoot--witty, raucous and sassy. The scripts are deliciously twisted, and I care about the characters. Cancel it and I'll take ABC off my remote control. Dawna Kaufmann, Los Angeles
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May 10, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Arnolds Moving Out? CBS executives are expected to announce today a new deal with Roseanne and Tom Arnold. It will follow Tom Arnold's announcement on Friday that he was going to star in a new fall series for CBS because of ABC's indecision about whether to renew his "The Jackie Thomas Show" for the fall season.
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April 15, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Biting the hand that programs them, Roseanne and Tom Arnold have dropped a bombshell on ABC, threatening to take the popular "Roseanne" show and the less-popular "The Jackie Thomas Show" to another network if ABC doesn't promptly renew "Jackie Thomas."
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May 1, 1993 | RICK DU BROW
What price "Roseanne"? Rarely has a feud between a network and star raised more basic questions of show business relationships than the face-off between ABC and Roseanne Arnold, TV's highest-rated weekly entertainer. The best dramas on television this season have involved the shootouts between top performers and their networks. First, David Letterman decided to take a hike from NBC after he didn't get "The Tonight Show" and signed with CBS.
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April 24, 1993
Has Roseanne Arnold lost her mind? "Jackie Thomas" is "more cutting edge than anything David Lynch and Oliver Stone can bring to television"? To compare "Twin Peaks" and "Wild Palms" to "Jackie Thomas" is an insult to both Lynch and Stone. I think Roseanne's bias is showing and she should get a little perspective. I am disgusted by her abuse of power regarding "The Jackie Thomas Show" ("Roseanne & Tom Play Hardball," April 15). While it is true that "Roseanne" is a very popular show and one of the best-written comedies on TV, I don't understand why anybody should have to watch her husband's less-than-wonderful show.
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April 15, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Biting the hand that programs them, Roseanne and Tom Arnold have dropped a bombshell on ABC, threatening to take the popular "Roseanne" show and the less-popular "The Jackie Thomas Show" to another network if ABC doesn't promptly renew "Jackie Thomas."
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February 14, 1993
"The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC) is the one program I make a point of watching each week. It's an absolute hoot--witty, raucous and sassy. The scripts are deliciously twisted, and I care about the characters. Cancel it and I'll take ABC off my remote control. Dawna Kaufmann, Los Angeles
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