March 7, 1988 |
Austin James (Parker Stevenson) is an eccentric scientist who solves crimes by virtue of his superior intellect. Mickey Castle (Ashley Crow) is his flighty assistant. They are the Holmes and Watson of ABC's new "Probe," which opens as a two-hour movie at 9 tonight (Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42) before settling into its regular 8 p.m. Thursday time slot this week.
November 4, 1989 |
"Who's there?" In Suzanne Lummis' two-character white-knuckler "Night Owls" (at the Cast Theatre through Nov. 12), Gina Hecht and Lisa Pelikan play Hollywood roommates alternately annoyed, angered, terrified, intrigued and ultimately hooked by a phone prankster who calls and calls and calls . . . and never says anything. "Fortunately, I haven't had those experiences in my own life," says Texas native Hecht, referring to the wealth of emotional baggage her character unloads over the evening.
July 24, 2001 |
The would-be thriller "Trapped" (9 p.m., USA Network) strands unlucky people in a high-rise hotel engulfed by flames. Think of it as "The Towering Inferno" without an all-star cast. Or admirable acting. Or solid special effects. Or, well, you get the idea. Parker Stevenson stars as Oliver Sloan, a shady fellow who has sunk his money into the renovation of a Las Vegas casino and hotel.
May 16, 1989 |
NBC, riding a record-setting crest of 47 consecutive weekly prime-time victories, said Monday that it will stick with a good thing come fall by adding only four hours of new programming to its nighttime lineup. Befitting its standing as ratings leader for four years running, NBC said four nights of programming will return intact, two will be freshened up with one half-hour comedy apiece and Friday night will be overhauled with three new hourlong dramas. It was the first announcement by any network of plans for the 1989-90 season.
January 6, 1996 |
The Civil War epic "North and South," in repeats on the Family Channel, may seem as long as the war itself. OK, that's a slight exaggeration. But the sprawling saga based on John Jakes' bestseller clocks in at 24 hours. (And that's not including the poorly received 1993 third installment.) The first 12 hours of "North and South" debuted in November 1985 on ABC, and the series was a huge hit. The same with "North and South Book II," which aired the next spring.
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August 29, 1993 |
The names and faces may have changed since Al Jolson was honorary mayor in the 1930s, but Encino still holds a reputation as "Bedroom of the Stars." Actors Kirstie Alley and Parker Stevenson live in Jolson's house and the current honorary sheriff is Saturday Night Live comedian Phil Hartman. Tony homes in the hills, upscale retail stores and a large financial district continue to attract affluent residents, who earn the Valley's highest average household income.
December 25, 1990 |
"Baywatch" has become the latest television series to rise from the ashes of cancellation. The drama about Los Angeles County lifeguards, starring David Hasselhoff, will resume production next year with new episodes scheduled to begin airing in October. "Baywatch" was canceled last spring by NBC after ending its first season ranked 74th among the 111 series to have aired on the three major networks, averaging a 10.5 rating, or about 9.6 million households, per episode.