April 23, 1993 |
Two long-running series--CBS' "Designing Women" and NBC's "Quantum Leap"--will leap into history next month, the victims of cancellation. The networks said Thursday that both series will feature farewell episodes in May, joining three other veteran series--NBC's "Cheers," CBS' "Knots Landing" and ABC's "The Wonder Years"--that are also taking their final bows this season.
September 22, 1992 |
John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas again tonight. Only this time, the conspiracy is that there is no conspiracy. "Everyone seems to be on the conspiracy bandwagon, but I've never been on it," said Donald P. Bellisario, executive producer of "Quantum Leap," which begins its fifth season with a two-hour re-examination of history at 8 tonight on NBC (Channels 4, 36 and 39).
January 17, 1992 |
Bad news for those hoping that TV controversy will someday become cost-effective. Sources at NBC said Thursday that the network lost about $500,000 on Wednesday's disputed "Quantum Leap" episode about gays and gay bashing. Confirming that there was a loss, Sue Binford, NBC vice president for corporate and media relations, said that a number of sponsors pulled out of the episode and that those taking their place were allowed to buy commercial time at a "minimum cost."
November 9, 1991 |
The NBC series "Quantum Leap" took a leap past network censors on Friday with the disclosure that a controversial episode featuring a gay character contemplating suicide had been approved for broadcast with slight modifications. NBC spokeswoman Pat Schultz confirmed that the episode had been sent on for review by the NBC ad sales division. No air date has been set, she said, but it will not air during the November ratings sweeps.
October 2, 1991 |
A gay activist group said Tuesday that it supports NBC's decision to withhold licensing fees from producers of an upcoming episode of the TV series "Quantum Leap" dealing with a homosexual student contemplating suicide. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation initially criticized NBC based on reports last week that the network wanted the producers, Universal Television, to bear financial responsibility for any advertiser pullouts from the controversial show.
September 28, 1991 |
NBC, in a move that pointedly illustrates the new financial reality in Hollywood, is seeking financial relief from the producers of the hit TV series "Quantum Leap" because of possible advertiser pullouts over a controversial upcoming episode about a gay teen-ager. Already under pressure because of declining prime-time ratings and a weak advertising market, NBC asked "Quantum Leap" producer Universal Television to make changes in the episode.