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September 22, 1992 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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).
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May 7, 1993 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
"Quantum Leap" leaped off the air on a winning note Wednesday with an audience that more than doubled its average rating for the season. According to figures released Thursday by the A.C. Nielsen Co., the finale for NBC's time-traveling series was seen in nearly 13 million households at 10 p.m., nipping "48 Hours" on CBS and easily outdistancing Kathie Lee Gifford's special on ABC. In its regular time slot of 8 p.m.
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February 16, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Baby Talk," the ABC comedy based on the hit film "Look Who's Talking," will finally debut on Friday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m. Originally scheduled to premiere last September as part of ABC's starting fall lineup, production was delayed when the sitcom's star, Connie Sellecca, departed after a dispute with the producers and Columbia Pictures Television. Her role was subsequently recast with Julia Duffy, formerly of "Newhart." Tony Danza stars as the voice of the baby.
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April 23, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1993 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
"Quantum Leap" leaped off the air on a winning note Wednesday with an audience that more than doubled its average rating for the season. According to figures released Thursday by the A.C. Nielsen Co., the finale for NBC's time-traveling series was seen in nearly 13 million households at 10 p.m., nipping "48 Hours" on CBS and easily outdistancing Kathie Lee Gifford's special on ABC. In its regular time slot of 8 p.m.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1991 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 25, 1989 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
"I said: 'I'm going to pitch an idea that's going to scare the hell out of you,' " writer-producer Don Bellisario recalled, reminiscing about a meeting many months ago with NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff, who wanted him to create a TV series for the network. "And then I pitched 'Quantum Leap.'
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September 28, 1991 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 9, 1991 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 22, 1992 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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).
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January 17, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1991 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1991 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1991 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 12, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The animal-rights debate has pounced on "Quantum Leap." Or is it vice versa? NBC's bold, provocative series is being pressured to alter a planned episode for fall in which hero Sam Beckett zooms back to the 1970s, where he inhabits the body of a research chimpanzee set to die or suffer severe injuries in a crash-impact test.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
"Quantum Leap," which has seen its ratings increase by 58% since returning to the NBC schedule March 6, has been renewed for a fourth season, the network announced Friday. The fantasy drama, in which Scott Bakula stars as time-traveling scientist Sam Beckett, has averaged a 12.3 Nielsen rating (about 11.4 million households) in its four most recent telecasts. Also receiving renewal notices Friday were NBC's "Law & Order," and ABC's "Doogie Howser, M.D."
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December 20, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Imagine it: A male time traveler who each week occupies a different body, surfacing as a blind concert pianist or a rabbi or a woman or an understudy to the lead in "The Man of La Mancha." Talk about reaching for the unreachable star. That is exactly what Sam Beckett does each week on "Quantum Leap," the NBC hour (10 p.m. Wednesdays on Channels 4, 36 and 39) that ranks among the boldest, freshest and most-entertaining dramatic series on TV.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
"Quantum Leap," which has seen its ratings increase by 58% since returning to the NBC schedule March 6, has been renewed for a fourth season, the network announced Friday. The fantasy drama, in which Scott Bakula stars as time-traveling scientist Sam Beckett, has averaged a 12.3 Nielsen rating (about 11.4 million households) in its four most recent telecasts. Also receiving renewal notices Friday were NBC's "Law & Order," and ABC's "Doogie Howser, M.D."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Baby Talk," the ABC comedy based on the hit film "Look Who's Talking," will finally debut on Friday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m. Originally scheduled to premiere last September as part of ABC's starting fall lineup, production was delayed when the sitcom's star, Connie Sellecca, departed after a dispute with the producers and Columbia Pictures Television. Her role was subsequently recast with Julia Duffy, formerly of "Newhart." Tony Danza stars as the voice of the baby.
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