May 2, 1988 |
Something is wrong when the best television--the bravest, most important, most needed television--is the television least available to most of the public. Think of it this way: What if you wanted to buy a valued author's new book, but the bookstore opened only for an hour, at 11:30 p.m.? Or what if "The Last Emperor" had been available at movie theaters only after most of us went to bed?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2005 |
Johnny Carson, who in three decades as host of "The Tonight Show" became one of America's most influential entertainers as well as one of television's most powerful figures, died Sunday. He was 79. His nephew, Jeff Sotzing, a former producer of "The Tonight Show," said Carson died peacefully, but declined to give a location or other details. NBC, Carson's longtime employer, said the comedian died of emphysema at his Malibu home.
December 13, 2002 |
Mr. Egg Nog faced the camera and threw America a smile, sharing the small screen with a woman playing "White Christmas" on a grand piano. It was warm, it was cozy, it was intimate. "What a first show we have," said the host of "After Hours with Cal Thomas" on the Fox News Channel, "with guests Michael Feinstein and Mr. Vice President, Dick Cheney!" Cal who? Host of what? On what? Yes, that's right. Showing their sense of humor, and getting in touch with their inner Hyohhhhhh!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1993 |
To answer residents' complaints about noise, litter and crime, the Burbank City Council has begun a push to require late-night fast-food restaurants to get a permit from the city to stay open between midnight and 6 a.m. The council also asked that planning officials develop an ordinance that restricts hours and activity at restaurants within 300 or even 500 feet of residential neighborhoods.
May 24, 2000 |
In the beginning, he wasn't much more than a network note, a note that went something like, "Lose the sidekick." Back then, NBC seemed to hate nearly everything about "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," its fledging replacement at 12:30 a.m. for David Letterman, who was bolting for CBS after failing to succeed Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show." "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" debuted Sept. 13, 1993, and in the early going, so much of the heat was focused on O'Brien ("Who was this guy?"
March 12, 2002 |
Though they are archrivals in the race for ratings supremacy, David Letterman and Jay Leno have effectively joined forces in one cause: Keeping the late-night field clear of an emerging talent who might someday replace them. The jockeying for Letterman's services, in fact, underscores not only the paucity of candidates perceived to be ready to front a late-night show but also the iron grip with which Letterman and Leno have held onto their late-night thrones in the last decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1994 |
The legal status of an agreement to put a lid on the "party house" has been left in limbo. The $2-million Studio City mansion, where neighbors say hundreds of people at a time pay to attend late night commercial parties, was the subject of an agreement last month between the owner and city officials, who brought suit charging the house was a public nuisance.
October 26, 1992 |
Three nights a week, in a South-Central Los Angeles park gymnasium 11 blocks from the L.A. riots' flashpoint at Florence and Normandie, Crips still shoot and Bloods shoot back. Except that at night's conclusion there are no toes to tag or funeral arrangements pending. Some said it was foolhardy to bring elements of the city's most notorious street gangs together for organized games of basketball from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The Six Deuce Brims thought so.
February 2, 1995 |
At first, the guys were in shock. Don Lovett, a mediator by profession, was behaving completely out of character. Week after week he had stressed to the 20 or 30 young men who play in Inglewood's Late Night Basketball program how to communicate politely with other people. But tonight he was cussing at them nonstop. Shock passed. Then the players, who come from some of Inglewood's toughest neighborhoods, started to get angry, Lovett recalled. How dare he talk to them like that.