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March 3, 2007
Stepping in: John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on "Cheers," will replace Vincent Pastore as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Pastore, who played a mobster on HBO's "The Sopranos," quit after one week of training.
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March 3, 2007
Stepping in: John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on "Cheers," will replace Vincent Pastore as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Pastore, who played a mobster on HBO's "The Sopranos," quit after one week of training.
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May 30, 1993
I think it was highly insensitive of NBC to have broadcast the May 6 episode of "Cheers," in which Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is suspected of having murdered his mother in light of what happened earlier in the day in Dana Point and Deerborn, Mich. Paul Lih Lee, Los Angeles
NEWS
October 3, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Norm and Cliff will have their day in court after all. In a victory for actors, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down Paramount Pictures' claim that the studio alone has the right to profit from its "Cheers" characters, even if this means marketing talking robots who look like the actors who played Norm and Cliff in the long-running television series.
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October 3, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Norm and Cliff will have their day in court after all. In a victory for actors, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down Paramount Pictures' claim that the studio alone has the right to profit from its "Cheers" characters, even if this means marketing talking robots who look like the actors who played Norm and Cliff in the long-running television series.
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September 25, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So, who owns the rights to a famous TV character: the actor who made the character famous or the studio that created the character in the first place? It's a good question for a barroom debate but a hard question of law. For nearly seven years, two actors in the 1980s TV series "Cheers" have been fighting Paramount Pictures over control of their barroom characters, with both sides maintaining that they have the right to speak for "Norm" and "Cliff."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1996 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
In honor of April Fool's Day, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus will clown around during a two-hour chat session this afternoon at 2 p.m. on America Online (keyword: Ringling). . . . Former "Cheers" stars George Wendt and John Ratzenberger have been ordered to pay $78,033 in legal fees incurred by defendants in the actors' 1993 suit claiming robots at airport "Cheers" bars resembled their TV characters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
To bring together the community on issues of gang violence and to celebrate a yearlong gang truce in the San Fernando Valley, a peace summit is scheduled Saturday at the Church on the Way in Van Nuys. It is expected to draw a crowd of more than 3,000 and will include speakers such as Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, actor John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin of "Cheers") and scientist Jane Goodall.
NEWS
April 23, 1990 | KEVIN ALLMAN
The Second City Theatre in Santa Monica became Club Medfly on Thursday night when it was host to a benefit for FOCUS (Families Opposed to Chemical Urban Spraying). People opposed to aerial malathion spraying paid $30 to see Second City's new revue, "Lord of the Medflies," as well as listen to speeches by local politicos. But not every politician was there. Mayor Tom Bradley's office turned down his invitation, said FOCUS President Adelaide Nimitz. State Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996
Is America getting dumber? The question was asked in a recent Times article that pointed to the increasing number of books that provide tips for the informationally challenged. "Personal Finance for Dummies" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Money" are two of more than 300 titles that now alarm some folks who see in this proliferation a growing dumbification of the nation.
NEWS
September 25, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So, who owns the rights to a famous TV character: the actor who made the character famous or the studio that created the character in the first place? It's a good question for a barroom debate but a hard question of law. For nearly seven years, two actors in the 1980s TV series "Cheers" have been fighting Paramount Pictures over control of their barroom characters, with both sides maintaining that they have the right to speak for "Norm" and "Cliff."
NEWS
May 30, 1993
I think it was highly insensitive of NBC to have broadcast the May 6 episode of "Cheers," in which Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is suspected of having murdered his mother in light of what happened earlier in the day in Dana Point and Deerborn, Mich. Paul Lih Lee, Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2011
SERIES Renee: Eric Drath directs this documentary about Renée Richards' battle to enter the 1977 U.S. Open as the first transgender tennis player (5 p.m. ESPN). NCIS: Lily Tomlin guest stars in this new episode as McGee's (Sean Murray) grandmother, who, to everyone's surprise, turns out to have a connection to the NCIS team's latest case. Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo also star in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Prohibition: The episode "A Nation of Hypocrites" concludes Ken Burns' documentary (8 p.m. KOCE)
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