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November 11, 1996 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It started out as their show, their star vehicle, their big break. But for seven years now, they've toiled in the very big shadow of a little kid named Urkel. It's made them fairly wealthy. It's made them celebrities. But playing the happy, loving couple at the heart of ABC's long-running Friday hit "Family Matters" all these years has finally begun to make them a little antsy.
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November 11, 1996 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It started out as their show, their star vehicle, their big break. But for seven years now, they've toiled in the very big shadow of a little kid named Urkel. It's made them fairly wealthy. It's made them celebrities. But playing the happy, loving couple at the heart of ABC's long-running Friday hit "Family Matters" all these years has finally begun to make them a little antsy.
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May 10, 1999 | DON HECKMAN
Sheryl Lee Ralph's "Divas Simply Singing!" concerts just keep rolling along. Saturday night at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, in the ninth annual installment, the always-enticing lineup of talent was supplemented by several impressive production numbers. Each of the program's two halves was opened with Ralph, appropriately costumed, sitting in a swing.
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September 28, 2000 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
JoMarie Payton, who plays Mrs. Freeman on "Will & Grace" and was a regular as the mother on the hit sitcom "Family Matters," and her husband, novelist Landrus Clark, have listed their home in the hills of Ladera Heights at $1.8 million. Payton, who played Harriette Winslow on "Family Matters," also portrayed Hakeem's mother on the series "Moesha." She and her husband are selling their home so that they can move to Las Vegas, where she plans to pursue her singing career.
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July 17, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long-running comedies "Seinfeld" and "Murphy Brown" received huge, highly hyped send-offs last May. That isn't the case for CBS' "Family Matters," which is quietly leaving the network airwaves tonight after nine seasons. The sitcom that gave the world--for better or worse--the ultimate nerd Urkel didn't even get a chance to shoot a series finale. In fact, star Reginald VelJohnson was told the show was canceled when he received a call to clean out his dressing room.
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September 22, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Three series premiere head to head at 8 tonight. CBS' "Snoops" is the most likable newcomer in a season that's not very likable. NBC's "Baywatch" is the soggiest. ABC's "Family Matters" is one of the most forgettable. It's about . . . uh . . . uh. . . . Well, it's not about a housekeeper who is a witch. That's the subject of "Free Spirit," another ABC comedy getting a special premiere later tonight in advance of its regular Sunday debut. On a 10-point scale, it rates one broomstick.
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February 3, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Urkel's nasal twang will be around at least one more season, but on a new network, with CBS stealing the eighth year of "Family Matters" away from ABC. CBS outbid the incumbent network for rights to the show, which has led off ABC's popular lineup of Friday comedies--marketed under the moniker "TGIF"--the last six years.
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December 6, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
TELEVISION Prodigy Video: MTV plans to air the video for "Smack My Bitch Up," a controversial new song from British techno group Prodigy, early Monday at 1 a.m. As reported in The Times Thursday, the song--released last week as a single by Madonna's Time Warner-owned Maverick label--has drawn the ire of the National Organization for Women, which says the song advocates violence against women.
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March 30, 1998 | CANDACE A. WEDLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
JoMarie Payton is jazzed. Literally. She's been working on her jazz album since she quit "Family Matters." The actress left in December during her ninth year on the CBS sitcom. When she's not in the recording studio, she's either on her bike tooling around the neighborhood (Payton, 47, and daughter Chantale, 14, live in Ladera Heights) or sweating it out in the gym.
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July 10, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 7 - 13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Hero Contestants must take a polygraph test as part of the team challenge. 8 p.m. TNT Summer Camp In this new unscripted series, contestants relive their summer camp years and engage in "battle of the sexes" challenges. "American Idol" alum Matt Rogers hosts.
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January 4, 1991 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ingredients were carefully selected. First, ABC asked William Bickley and Michael Warren, executive producers of the ABC comedy hit "Perfect Strangers," to create another series under the banner of Miller/Boyett Productions--the uncannily successful family comedy mill that spawned "Perfect Strangers," "Full House" and "The Hogan Family," among others.
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