May 22, 2001 |
There's quality and quantity in tonight's extensive assortment of season finales. If you don't own a second TV, this would be the evening to borrow one. For our money, the big three to watch are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Frasier" and "NYPD Blue." Written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon, which is always a good thing, the suspenseful and surprising 100th episode of "Buffy" (8 p.m.
January 24, 1994 |
"To My Daughter with Love," starring Rick Schroder as a newly widowed dad, is pretty unblinking in its depiction of the rigors of single parenthood (tonight, Channel 4, 9 p.m.). It's also unusually lachrymose and downbeat for a movie presented under the banner of Disney Family Classics. Sure, it's predictably heartwarming at the fade-out, but the rest of the story is too rigorously candid to be cheerful.
June 13, 2004 |
Roxbury Drive still draws tour vans by the dozens. The Beverly Hills street became famous for its many celebrity homeowners during Hollywood's golden era. In Lucille Ball's days there, the stars didn't mind. Jimmy Stewart and his wife grew a victory garden on a vacant lot next door to their house. Jack Benny lived nearby for decades. George Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were other neighbors.
April 15, 1989 |
At 1 this afternoon, one of the bigger exchanges since the Edmonton Oilers traded a player named Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson will be happening in Long Beach. The city has swapped Ocean Avenue for a speedway. A group of celebrities and members of the media have swapped their chauffeured limousines and microphones for race cars, and for 10 laps the drivers may be swapping paint, bent body work and evil thoughts as they dash their way through the 13th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.
March 5, 1990 |
Just when Terry O'Kelley thought nothing more could go wrong--something did. O'Kelley's story is told in "A Son's Promise," a real heart-tugger starring Rick Schroder that airs tonight at 9 o'clock on ABC. It is one of those stories that no scriptwriter would dare make up, except it happens to be based on a true story. Terry, at 15 the oldest of seven brothers living in rural Georgia, promises his dying mother that he will keep the family together.
September 18, 2001 |
"Hitched," an original comedy-thriller from USA Network satirizing modern marriage, works as mild diversion but you might have a hard time staying committed. Newlyweds Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), a luggage salesman, and Eve (Sheryl Lee Diamond), his "old-fashioned girl" of a wife, have different ideas of matrimony. When Ted's in a car crash on a night he was supposedly working late, Eve darts to the hospital only to discover he wasn't alone.
September 30, 1994 |
Don't get confused, cowhands: There's yet another network miniseries sequel to "Lonesome Dove" in the works (this time based on Larry McMurtry's own novel sequel, "Streets of Laredo"), centering around Capt. Woodrow Call and company. But the syndicated show that premieres tonight under the "Lonesome Dove" name is an entirely distinct maxi -series sequel, featuring only one holdover character, Call's twentysomething son, Newt.
November 10, 1991 |
Family violence, such as spousal abuse and elder abuse, often has been depicted on television in recent years. Yet the most common form of family violence is also the one most overlooked: adolescent sibling abuse, which typically occurs in three out of five American households every year and is so serious that it would be considered assault and battery if committed against a stranger.
April 14, 1995 |
Remember the Alamo, forget the TV show. From border to border, "James A. Michener's Texas" is weak storytelling and questionable history. You get saddle sores just from watching. Yes, ordinarily no big deal, just another of TV's mainstream historical dramas benignly punctuated by fantasy, an escapist two-parter not to be taken seriously, if taken at all. Charmless but harmless.