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June 11, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE
CBS' hit comedy "Designing Women" is now faced with the loss of two cast members and a producer next season, as actress Jean Smart and recently hired producer Janis Hirsch join Delta Burke on the rapidly growing list of former designers. Unlike Burke, who was asked to leave by the series' producers after months of feuding, Smart is giving up her role of office manager Charlene by choice.
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June 11, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE
CBS' hit comedy "Designing Women" is now faced with the loss of two cast members and a producer next season, as actress Jean Smart and recently hired producer Janis Hirsch join Delta Burke on the rapidly growing list of former designers. Unlike Burke, who was asked to leave by the series' producers after months of feuding, Smart is giving up her role of office manager Charlene by choice.
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January 28, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Postcards From the Tube: Carrie Fisher, who chronicled the bellicose relationship of a mother and daughter in the novel "Postcards From the Edge," is producing a comedy television series starring her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Fisher will produce the still-untitled series through her own production company, Deliquesce Inc. Reynolds will star as a grandmother involved in the lives of her daughter and granddaughter. Janis Hirsch, who co-produced "Anything but Love," will be executive producer.
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January 23, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
Any event with Roman numerals after its name has to be historic. So I want to go on the record here as caring deeply about Sunday's Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena and being terribly disappointed that President Reagan is not planning to be interviewed by CBS at half time. Maybe CBS could get the Pope. Or Vanna White. As of this writing, it's uncertain whether the winner of Sunday's 3 p.m. game (on Channels 2 and 8) will be CBS or the viewers. As always, though, the viewers are big underdogs.
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August 1, 1990 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Anything but Love" got a happy surprise when ABC, after canceling the comedy May 21, decided a month later not to cancel and ordered nine new episodes as a backup series for the 1990-91 season. The only catch: Some staffers had already signed contracts to work on other shows. They were anything but pleased that ABC's delayed renewal canceled their chance to return to the series about workers at a Chicago magazine. "We waited as long as we could.
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November 5, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
"Day by Day," which debuted last spring and launched its second season on NBC last Sunday, is the first television sitcom ever set in a day care center. It's timing couldn't be better: --A record 167 day care bills were introduced during the last session of Congress. --A Gallup poll this year found that more than 54% of the people surveyed "are concerned about securing adequate care for their children when they go to work." --A report released by the U.S.
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January 2, 2010
What's up with Betsy Sharkey's beef with Nancy Meyers? After reading her review of "It's Complicated" ["Hot Flashes -- but Not Nearly Enough Sparks," Dec. 25], I almost didn't go. Luckily, I thought otherwise and did. Laugh-out-loud funny, it also made me choke up throughout, and the audience I saw it with gave it rousing applause at the end. If anything, this writer-director should be lauded for having the guts and wherewithal to show a gorgeous woman of a certain age free of plastic surgery in the throes of some pretty, dare I say it, "complicated" issues: the insecurities of romance, sex, aging, suddenly finding herself in an empty nest, etc. Bravo, Nancy Meyers.
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May 27, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
A comedy about kids that was not made for kids but was not not made for kids, "Square Pegs" premiered on CBS in the fall of 1982; a quarter of a century later, it has come to DVD in its surprisingly modest, 19-episode entirety. But 9 1/2 hours is time enough to make a point, when you have one.
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October 15, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's Jess Marlow "who's coming home" to KNBC Channel 4 Nov. 24. KNBC has launched a mystery ad campaign to promote the return of the calm, reasoned Marlow to Channel 4 as a commentator on its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts to succeed Jack Perkins. Newspaper ads show the facial outline of an unidentified man beneath the headline: "Guess Who's Coming Home?"
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May 16, 1985 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Some unusual chanting went on the other morning on trendy Melrose Avenue. "Chicks rule! Chicks rule! Chicks rule! Chicks rule!" After a few more choruses (delivered in Bronx truck driver -ese and punctuated with close-fisted, rigid arm thrusts), actresses Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker collapsed in a fit of giggles.
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September 16, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The opening sequence for this season's revamped "Designing Women" says it all: The camera pulls back on a spare, ultramodern, white set with no furnishings save a grand piano, where Ray Charles is singing "Georgia on My Mind." Four women in brilliant, single-shade evening gowns and a man in a tuxedo rest against the piano, their clothes providing the only spots of color as Charles sings.
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