November 8, 1989 |
You're a programming executive at ABC and you're wondering what to do with your new show, "Chicken Soup." Let's see. It's the highest-rated new show of the season, ranking consistently in the top 15 each week. You decide to cancel it. That's exactly what ABC did Tuesday, pulling the plug on the high-rated Jackie Mason-Lynn Redgrave sitcom about a romance between an Irish-Catholic woman and a Jewish man.
June 19, 1995 |
A year ago, Lindsey Johnson and Judith Luther Wilder met over lunch in Washington, D.C., and mulled the problems facing female business owners. Lack of access to capital, credit, health insurance and corporate discounts put female business owners at a disadvantage, they agreed. Now, with $1 million in grants, a $150-million loan pool and a list of Southern California advisers that reads like a Who's Who among female entrepreneurs, the two have set out to solve some of those problems.
December 17, 1999 |
The Standard Hotel was Hotel LaChapelle the other night when fashion photographer David LaChapelle threw an intimate soiree for about 80 to celebrate his color-saturated book of celebrity portraits ("Hotel LaChapelle," Bulfinch Press, $60). "I wanted to have sort of a holiday gathering and give everyone a book," said LaChapelle, who is very sweet despite his bad-boy, black-leather-clad image. The shutterbug is in town shooting a music video with electronica wunderkind Moby.
December 2, 2003 |
Leaping from late-night cutting-edge comedy to weekly prime-time sitcom shtick is among TV's most perilous extreme sports. Few maneuvers are so infernally engineered to challenge the health of a career as the hair-raising attempt to safely surmount the chasm separating these forms of humor. Poised to take this jump is the "Saturday Night Live" alum title-billed in NBC's "The Tracy Morgan Show," which premieres tonight.
September 20, 1990 |
It holds elements of an epic confrontation: "The Cosby Show," aging and hinting vulnerability, challenged head-on by the smart-alecky pop culture phenom, "The Simpsons." Just the thought--can the great Cosby really be taken by a cartoon?--seems impossibly brash, but then the bold stroke is the signature of the Fox network, which posed "The Simpsons" gambit early last summer.
April 20, 1997 |
Some moments are never forgotten, like the Luminaires Juniors' "Le Bal Masque Des Yeux" last weekend when the Hale-Bopp comet was a member of the party at Dennis Tito's mountaintop chateau in Pacific Palisades. The event benefited Doheny Eye Institute. Co-chairwomen Marlene Brakovich and Connie Scherer watched the comet through their glittering masks, but then abruptly turned to a serious matter--the wind. It caused auction tablecloths to billow like ships' sails.
June 9, 1987 |
In the final session of the National Council for Families and Television's annual conference, Dr. Ella Taylor of the University of Washington surprised her listeners by attacking television's No. 1 program: "The Cosby Show."
November 1, 2000 |
Prime time is a cave dweller that must always be dragged kicking, screaming and rubbing its eyes into the glaring sunlight of diversity. So gay's the way now, thanks only to ABC's "Ellen," which begat NBC's "Will & Grace," whose popularity makes possible "Normal, Ohio," a new Fox comedy starring behemoth John Goodman as a self-outed homosexual whose ignorant father calls him a "big showgirl." Among other derisive epithets, that is, in a series that slings one cheap gay joke after another.
August 14, 2001 |
Comedy writers have various explanations about what's ailing their business, but alongside the usual litany is a relatively new trend: the migration of former network and studio executives into hands-on producing roles, in effect adding another layer of adult supervision to what has long been heralded as a writer-driven medium.