April 12, 1990 |
While you are waiting to sell your next off-Broadway play or direct your next $20-million movie, why not do a little television? John Sayles (writer) and Stan Rogow (executive producer) of NBC's "Shannon's Deal" think they can create a different sort of television by offering screenwriters, playwrights and directors a different sort of deal.
May 2, 2003 |
Watching Hilary Duff pretend she's a gawky middle-school misfit in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," one is drawn toward two unavoidable conclusions. First, that no misfit in the whole history of middle schools ever glowed in the dark as she does. And second, paraphrasing something Chris Rock once said in an altogether different context, if she's a loser, then you wonder who's winning.
October 30, 1993 |
"South of Sunset," which was to have been a comedic action/drama series starring former rock singer Glenn Frey as a detective, became a one-shot special. CBS canceled the series after its debut Wednesday night when its ratings, like the title, went south. In what reportedly were the lowest premiere ratings on record for a series on one of the Big Three networks, the show attracted only 9% of the available audience and finished fourth in its 9-10 p.m. slot.
March 17, 1991 |
"CBS This Morning" anchors Mark McEwen and Paula Zahn hit prime-time when they guest as themselves on an April episode of the hit CBS comedy "Murphy Brown." James Garner recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Decoration Day." In February, he received more kudos: the Silver Nymph Award as best actor in a television film at the 31st International Television Film Festival of Monaco. Dolly Parton is going dramatic. She's currently in Austin, Tex.
November 8, 1991 |
"All I Want for Christmas" tries to be a something-for-everyone Yuletide charmer. It's about two industrious kids, Ethan (Ethan Randall) and Hallie (Thora Birch), who scheme to reunite their divorced parents on Christmas Eve. It's like "The Miracle on 34th Street" for the dysfunctional family era: the "mature" material is sugared with whimsy.
September 5, 2004 |
An intrepid rabbit and a set of Latino twins with a bilingual parrot are the stars of two new fall PBS kids' series designed for the generally unserved early elementary school population. The emphasis in both is on positive ethnic values and cultural diversity. PBS and Scholastic Entertainment ("Clifford the Big Red Dog") have teamed to present "Maya & Miguel," an animated weekday series scheduled to premiere on KCET Oct. 11.