July 1, 1996 |
Actress and Hollywood chronicler Pamela Mason, the former wife of the late British actor James Mason, died Saturday of heart failure. She was 80. A frequent presence on her husband's 1950s television program, "The James Mason Show," she also appeared in the courtroom drama "Accused" and the 1985 television movie "My Wicked, Wicked Ways--The Legend of Errol Flynn."
September 26, 1995 |
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, banished into exile for his anti-Soviet writings 21 years ago, has lost his voice again. Russian Public Television has canceled his Monday night talk show. The 15-minute program, aired twice a month in prime time for the past year, served up scolding monologues by the bearded Nobel laureate against post-Soviet Russia and the leaders who welcomed him home in May, 1994.
September 18, 1994 |
This TV season, Marilu Henner has her own talk show, ex-Thighmistress Suzanne Somers has her own talk show and oodles of other people--I get a max of 700 words here so I can't mention all of them--have talk shows. So it got me thinking: Who doesn't have a talk show? Why, my Holland lop, Pookie. A rabbit? you snicker. Why not. She has plenty of whatever it takes to make a splendid talk-show host. She's adorable (one of the cutest twitching noses around).
December 6, 1988 |
We get letters. . . . Today's batch concerns the ongoing controversy over tabloid talk shows and ABC's recently concluded "War and Remembrance . " The two subjects are not unrelated given the constant warring among talk shows themselves and their zest for topics that produce combat and conflict. There is nothing wrong with free speech. We have that right from our Constitution. But what is happening is that free speech has fallen by the wayside and is being replaced by bigotry, racism and hate.
July 4, 1989 |
Completing its two-year transformation from pop music to all-talk, KFI-AM (640) has raided a Sacramento radio station to recruit a new morning talk team and a new news director in an effort to compete head-to-head with Los Angeles' three current news/talk stations. Terri-Rae Elmer and David Grosby, the agricultural reporter and sportscaster, respectively, at all-news/talk KFBK-AM in the state's capital, will replace KFI morning veterans Gary Owens and Al Lohman in their 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
August 16, 2002 |
As television's news programs plan for their Sept. 11 anniversary programming with specials offering somber reflection and spiritual uplift, the late-night personalities who swim in the daily faux pas and comic excesses of news and entertainment have a less clear mandate. So NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" will go ahead with original shows on Sept. 11, while David Letterman, currently on vacation, is mulling what, if anything, to do that night.
June 13, 2003 |
Barbara, Katie, Larry and the rest of the sales force pitched hard. Then came the pundit hordes, speculating about whether author and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would run for president and when. And if she does run, MSNBC's "Hardball" huffed and puffed, "does she win?" And if she wins, someone out there in the TV ether wondered, how does Bill Clinton function as the nation's first first man? Or would the Clintons even be together then? Hmmmm. Are they really together now?
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May 14, 1993 |
Thinking, thinking, thinking. All this thinking, and to what end? That's what I was thinking last week as I sat at my desk arranging my paper clips in that clever way I do. I've been thinking way too much, I thought, giving too much of myself to the public, to the company. Why let my selfless dedication lead me to the brink of nervous exhaustion? Concluding that I've been severely put upon and that righteousness was mine, I waited until my boss wasn't looking and sneaked out the side door.
March 5, 2001 |
The waiting is finally over and the gang is back on HBO: Tony and Junior, Christopher and Paulie Walnuts, Silvio and Furio. And a new character, Bob. Bob is a wise guy, although not quite the type usually seen on "The Sopranos." Too short, for starters. Different ammunition too. Bob comes armed with statistics, computer graphics, canned sports footage, roving camera crews and an intellectual feistiness that packs its own kind of heat. Just ask David Stern.
August 12, 1992 |
The 1982 debut of David Letterman's late-night show, which was variously termed "anti-television" and "guerrilla television," was our first signal that the entertainment talk-show format was becoming played out. But nobody else picked up on it.