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.
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.
March 25, 1989 |
"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.'
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.
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.
March 30, 1991 |
"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."