September 20, 1999
Howard Rosenberg reviews ABC's "Once & Again," "The Mike O'Malley Show" on NBC, WB's "Mission Hill."
November 16, 1999 |
NBC programming chief Garth Ancier outlined a sweeping revamping of the prime-time lineup, midway through what has been a disappointing November sweeps for NBC. The changes, which will begin to roll out during January, affect every night but Wednesday and NBC's long-dominant Thursday franchise. Comedies will be dropped from Monday entirely, with the high school drama "Freaks and Geeks" shifting from Saturday to open the night at 8, followed by "Dateline NBC," then "Third Watch."
October 13, 1999
Say It Ain't So: "Rumor has it the Spice Girls are breaking up. Man, this has got to be the worst news since the day Vanilla Ice said he was quitting the music business for good." (Andrew Wisot) Vying for Viewers: "The Mike O'Malley Show" died after two episodes. "Nielsen ratings showed that during its time slot, more viewers in the 8-to-13 age group were watching their 'South Park' night light."
September 21, 1999 |
Tuesdaysomethings. . . . A newcomer already in place is "Judging Amy" on CBS, and on the way are the WB's "Angel" and UPN's "Shasta McNasty" and "The Strip." Arriving tonight are NBC's vapid fourth rock from the sun, "The Mike O'Malley Show," and the WB's own inexplicable alien, the animated "Mission Hill," making a quickie pit stop here en route to its ultimate Friday time slot.
July 28, 2000 |
Comic strips rarely transfer well to television, the WB's promising new "Baby Blues" being a welcome exception in this animation milieu. Its genesis is the popular newspaper strip, by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott, that follows the adventures of Darryl and Wanda MacPherson, a suburban young couple tenuously adjusting to parenting their infant Zoe. It isn't always pretty.
September 24, 1999 |
Cynics suggest that this fall's crop of new series tends to be packed with dull, generic, interchangeable titles that, when viewed as a whole, may make it difficult for the average viewer to distinguish one from another. As a service to our loyal readers, what follows is a guide to the season's muddled prime-time monikers that could result in the "Time of Your Life." So at the risk of being the "Odd Man Out" with producers, I implore you to be an "Angel" and "Work With Me."