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.
July 9, 1995 |
Suspect Device: Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., starring C. Thomas Howell, Stacy Travis and John Beck; directed by Rick Jacobson. The Alien Within: July 18 at 9:30 p.m., starring Roddy McDowall, Alex Hyde-White and Melanie Shatner. Screenplay by Alex Simon; directed by Scott Levy. Sawbones: July 25 at 9:35 p.m., starring Nina Siemaszko, Adam Baldwin and Barbara Carrera. Screenplay by Sam Montgomery; directed by Catherine Cyran. Virtual Seduction: Aug. 1 at 9:30 p.m.
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.
July 22, 1994 |
The Popeil Pocket Fisherman. The Vegematic. The Chia Pet. Such absurdities flit across our television screens, rarae aves in the midnight air of the high-num bered channels. They are like quirky relatives, exacting a smile or perhaps a shrug of disbelief. I had always reserved a warm spot in my heart for these freaks of free enterprise. But never had I considered dialing the toll-free number, not once had I felt the urge to place an order. Not until I saw the Flowbee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.