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February 5, 1994 | RAY LOYND
The Cisco Kid, that dashing caballero and Robin Hood of the Old West who filled kids' imaginations for half a century, is back. Thirty-eight years after the popular television series with Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo ceased production, "The Cisco Kid" has risen from the dust bin of grinning heroes to come riding into your screen (Sunday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. on TNT cable).
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February 22, 2014 | By Susan King
Harry Hamlin wasn't supposed to touch the food on the table during the conference scenes on "L.A. Law," NBC's Emmy Award-winning 1986-94 legal series. The sandwiches were strictly props. But Hamlin, who played attorney Michael Kuzak, the serious-minded youngest partner in the City of Angels' firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, had other ideas. "If you go back and watch the pilot as the very first conference room scene ends, I reach over and pull a sandwich toward me," recalls Hamlin, who plays an ad executive on AMC's "Mad Men. " The move was unexpected PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood "I picked it up as they were shooting my last bit. I had my mouth full of food.
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August 7, 1987 | KRISTINE McKENNA
Nineteen eighty-seven has been a big year for Jimmy Smits. Nominated last week for a best supporting actor Emmy for his portrayal of "L.A. Law's" smolderingly handsome Latino attorney Victor Sifuentes, Smits received glowing notices for his performance in John Schlesinger's occult thriller "The Believers" and was recently cited by the Latino community as a leading Latino role model.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013
When it comes to glitz and showmanship, Los Angeles' next mayor is taking things down a notch. Since his victory last month, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti has made few major announcements. He abandoned the idea of a transition team studded with big civic names, and he has ruled out plans for a black-tie inaugural ball, opting instead for a party in Grand Park with music and food. The biggest hoopla so far has come from Garcetti's “back to basics” listening tour, with residents in Boyle Heights, Northridge and elsewhere dutifully gathering in groups and putting their ideas for the city's future on Post-It Notes.
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January 25, 1994 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Smits and Wanda De Jesus, an offstage couple for more than eight years, play an onstage couple in "Death and the Maiden," the Ariel Dorfman political thriller opening Thursday at the Mark Taper Forum. Smits, best known as Victor Sifuentes on "L.A. Law," portrays another lawyer, this time in an unnamed South American country.
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August 6, 1995 | GIGI ANDERS, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST
A familiar, pudgy face leans into the cigarette-smoky doorway of Jimmy Smits' trailer here on the set of ABC's hot cop drama "NYPD Blue." "Ah, so you're having a little smoke party in here." Co-star Dennis Franz steps inside the homey refuge for a brief "Heyhowyadoinman" with his handsome, real-life friend and make-believe partner-in-crime-fighting. "I was wondering what all that buzzing was," Franz continues, bubbly and relaxed.
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November 6, 1994 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget those forecasts of stormy weather. Producers of ABC's "NYPD Blue" predict blue skies and a calm transition from David Caruso to Jimmy Smits. And, they believe, fans will still be with the force. "Our philosophy to this show is, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it," says Emmy winner Dennis Franz, who plays outspoken yet dedicated Detective Andy Sipowicz, partner of Caruso's recently departed character, John Kelly. And soon-to-be-partner of Jimmy Smits, who will play Detective Bobby Simone.
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March 30, 2000 | By KARIN LIPSON,
When he went to see Oscar de la Hoya fight at Madison Square Garden last month, Jimmy Smits admitted he was more animated than he's ever been at a boxing match. "I'm saying, 'His right hand is down, you got to jab, you got to jab!' " the actor recalled recently with a smile, over a lunch of chicken noodle soup and bottled water in a Manhattan hotel. "We were fairly close, and a couple of people turned around.
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July 5, 1997 | DINA BASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Macarena was more than just a dance to Felix Sanchez. To the head of the new National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, it's proof that the entertainment industry needs to pay more attention to the Latino community. The dance's popularity--as well as the box-office success of the Mexican film "Like Water for Chocolate"--shows that a cross-section of Americans are interested in Latino-oriented entertainment, which in turn breeds familiarity and positive cultural exchange, Sanchez says.
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September 15, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
You'd think it would be easy to find a successful vehicle for Jimmy Smits since "The West Wing" ended in 2006 — but clearly it's not. He's a big guy, and big guys are hard to fit — they need big concepts and those are tough to pull off. Two years ago, Smits did an extraordinary job as a serial killer in training on Showtime's "Dexter" but he was only available because CBS's ambitious Cuban American drama "Cane" had failed so miserably the...
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September 15, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
You'd think it would be easy to find a successful vehicle for Jimmy Smits since "The West Wing" ended in 2006 — but clearly it's not. He's a big guy, and big guys are hard to fit — they need big concepts and those are tough to pull off. Two years ago, Smits did an extraordinary job as a serial killer in training on Showtime's "Dexter" but he was only available because CBS's ambitious Cuban American drama "Cane" had failed so miserably the...
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May 21, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
The list of 23 new series picked up by the five broadcast networks for this fall does not contain any shows about time travel. But that doesn't matter: TV executives still seem determined to step back to a time long ago, when the world was safer for old media … all the way back … to the 1980s. In making a bold play to kick off Thursday nights with comedies, CBS executives name-checked "Cheers" and other sitcoms that ruled '80s TV. Fox has "Lonestar," an oil-industry soap that recalls "Dallas," which became a national obsession in the early '80s.
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October 14, 2007 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
Jimmy Smits stars on "Cane," CBS' Tuesday night drama about a Cuban American rum family; he is also an executive producer. His TV history includes "The West Wing," "NYPD Blue," "L.A. Law" and "Cop Rock." When you do interviews back to back, like today, don't you run out of stuff? It discombobulates me, but that's how they schedule stuff. That's how they do it -- and the other half I'm doing on the producorial side. Yes, you're a biz man now! That's been interesting. Be careful what you wish for.
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September 25, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Along with the new "Dirty Sexy Money" and the ongoing "Brothers & Sisters," "Cane" represents a current slight return for the family-business epic. The show, set among the sugar cane fields and seaside estates of South Florida, premieres tonight on CBS, appropriately the former home of "Dallas," "Knots Landing" and "Falcon Crest," and while it's really too soon to tell whether the story is going to take us anywhere special, there are signs that it might.
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August 28, 2004
Cast addition: Jimmy Smits, formerly of "NYPD Blue" and "L.A. Law," is joining the cast of "The West Wing," where he'll play a congressman from Houston. * Back for more: After just five weeks on the air, the FX channel has ordered a second season of "Rescue Me," its drama about New York firefighters, starring Denis Leary.
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April 7, 2000 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New Line Cinema's recent boxing drama "Price of Glory" suffered a TKO the minute it stepped into the ring last Friday. In its first weekend, the $12-million picture took in only $1.5 million at the box office, finishing out of the Top 10. With such a weak opening, it is unlikely the movie will survive in wide release much longer. Its apparent failure is disappointing because the film initially showed promise.
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February 22, 2014 | By Susan King
Harry Hamlin wasn't supposed to touch the food on the table during the conference scenes on "L.A. Law," NBC's Emmy Award-winning 1986-94 legal series. The sandwiches were strictly props. But Hamlin, who played attorney Michael Kuzak, the serious-minded youngest partner in the City of Angels' firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, had other ideas. "If you go back and watch the pilot as the very first conference room scene ends, I reach over and pull a sandwich toward me," recalls Hamlin, who plays an ad executive on AMC's "Mad Men. " The move was unexpected PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood "I picked it up as they were shooting my last bit. I had my mouth full of food.
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August 28, 2004
Cast addition: Jimmy Smits, formerly of "NYPD Blue" and "L.A. Law," is joining the cast of "The West Wing," where he'll play a congressman from Houston. * Back for more: After just five weeks on the air, the FX channel has ordered a second season of "Rescue Me," its drama about New York firefighters, starring Denis Leary.
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March 30, 2000 | By KARIN LIPSON,
When he went to see Oscar de la Hoya fight at Madison Square Garden last month, Jimmy Smits admitted he was more animated than he's ever been at a boxing match. "I'm saying, 'His right hand is down, you got to jab, you got to jab!' " the actor recalled recently with a smile, over a lunch of chicken noodle soup and bottled water in a Manhattan hotel. "We were fairly close, and a couple of people turned around.
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August 19, 1999 | KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Competing groups led by actors Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits are among five organizations still in the running for a three-year grant from the Corp. for Public Broadcasting to develop and fund Latino programming for public television. The CPB is expected to award the grant Aug. 31 with the hope of having the winning group in place by Oct. 1, the start of the federal fiscal year. However, one source said a decision may already have been made. A CPB panel met Aug.
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