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February 6, 1994
Regarding "Prime Time's New Man About 'Toon," by Daniel Cerone (Jan. 23): I wish the creators a lot of luck with "The Critic," because I am in the business and a successful prime-time cartoon program would help our entire industry. But I'm afraid this is another case of "here we go again." First, why is "The Critic" being done in animation at all? The humor, as described in the article, is all of the static, verbal, sitcom, "blah-blah-blah . . . ha-ha-ha!" variety. I'm sure there will be lots of funny lines of dialogue from people who worked on "Murphy Brown" and "Seinfeld."
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February 6, 1994
Regarding "Prime Time's New Man About 'Toon," by Daniel Cerone (Jan. 23): I wish the creators a lot of luck with "The Critic," because I am in the business and a successful prime-time cartoon program would help our entire industry. But I'm afraid this is another case of "here we go again." First, why is "The Critic" being done in animation at all? The humor, as described in the article, is all of the static, verbal, sitcom, "blah-blah-blah . . . ha-ha-ha!" variety. I'm sure there will be lots of funny lines of dialogue from people who worked on "Murphy Brown" and "Seinfeld."
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
A daringly off-center little comedy titled "The Simpsons" has bolted out of the box to grab a deservedly huge national following and become the most successful series on Fox. "There's room on TV for a dysfunctional family you can laugh at," noted brilliant cartoonist-writer Matt Groening (pronounced Graining) about the soulfully geeky animated characters he designed in about 15 minutes. Airing at 8:30 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
A daringly off-center little comedy titled "The Simpsons" has bolted out of the box to grab a deservedly huge national following and become the most successful series on Fox. "There's room on TV for a dysfunctional family you can laugh at," noted brilliant cartoonist-writer Matt Groening (pronounced Graining) about the soulfully geeky animated characters he designed in about 15 minutes. Airing at 8:30 p.m.
BOOKS
October 27, 1985
Your detailed memoir of contact with Sam (Simon) Rodia (before he left town in 1954) and/or the Watts Towers is sought for a collection in process for publication. Yes, even brief incidents are useful. JEANNE MORGAN P.O. Box 21046 Santa Barbara, Ca. 93121
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Philip Hsiang and his wife, Mary Ann, used to pay almost $1,000 a year for a pair of cellphones under a family plan contract. But as recession gripped the economy a few years back, the Davis couple opted for low-cost prepaid phone service and never looked back. They shaved $800 off their annual phone bill, even though Hsiang could easily afford the pricier plan on his salary as an electrical engineer. "As a Chinese immigrant to the U.S., it's a virtue to be frugal," Hsiang said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
No-Nukes: "The Simpsons' " producers say they're cooling their nuclear industry jokes. But don't have a meltdown, "Simpsons" fans. The prime-time cartoon show will continue to rib the industry in its third season next year, but in a more responsible way, executive producer Sam Simon said. Simon said the Fox Broadcasting Co. program had been guilty of "cheap shots." The U.S.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1992 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Don't have a cow, but a different animation studio is going to be drawing Bart Simpson next season. After what one high-ranking source called "two years of battles and putting out fires," Gracie Films, which produces the animated comedy for Fox Broadcasting, plans to contract with North Hollywood-based Film Roman to draw the half-hour program for next fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Pesci has the title role in the good-natured yet pertinent comedy "The Super" (citywide), and the fit is so perfect it must have been tailored especially for him. He's Louie Kritski, the dutiful son of a New York slumlord (Vincent Gardenia), who has given him his very own building, a once-handsome Beaux Arts structure in the East Village. Gardenia's Big Louie, who owns 27 such tenements, has a very simple business philosophy: "When a Kritski gets a building, what does he do with it? Nothing!"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1990
PROGRAMS COMEDY SERIES "Murphy Brown" DRAMA SERIES "L.A. Law" MINISERIES "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" VARIETY, MUSIC, COMEDY SERIES "In Living Color" VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL "Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration" DRAMA/COMEDY SPECIAL (Tie) "Caroline?"
NEWS
August 28, 1990 | BETTY GOODWIN
With Warren Beatty, Mike and Judy Ovitz, and Dustin and Lisa Hoffman creating a bottleneck at the front door, Jo Ann Belson said she had learned something striking about Hollywood: "If you really ask for help, the people in this town respond. I mean, Hollywood is a great town, and it's a very generous town." The party was a fund-raiser for a pilot therapeutic program for severly handicapped children.
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