November 19, 1999 |
Though it's still months before "City of Angels" hits prime time, CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, legendary producer Steven Bochco and the creative team behind the drama series about an inner-city hospital have gone on the offensive in hopes of reversing the jinx: For years, mainstream audiences have turned off network dramas built around predominantly black casts, which "City of Angels" is, resulting in a history of quick cancellations and few projects in development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1999 |
The San Fernando Valley is in for the party of the century on Dec. 31, according to Mayor Richard Riordan. The family-oriented, free festival is expected to attract 100,000 to Van Nuys Airport, where city officials promised kids' programs, bands and other entertainment before a spectacular fireworks and laser show at midnight, marking the start of the year 2000.
August 25, 1999 |
A groan goes up from the teenagers clinging to a dusty traffic island in the middle of Times Square: Apparently MTV, whose glass-walled studio they've been peering up toward in hopes of waving to their friends at home, isn't shooting outdoors this afternoon. "We risked our lives just to get here and be on MTV," wails Cynthia Hempel, 16, of Connecticut, as cars and smelly buses stream past, inches from her toes.
January 23, 1999 |
Underscoring the cooling-off of Southern California's entertainment economy, shooting on the streets of Los Angeles dipped sharply last year as tighter spending sliced into film, TV and commercial production. The numbers released Friday by Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which issues permits for about 80% of the shooting done in Los Angeles County, show an overall drop of 4% in production days, or days spent shooting in areas of Los Angeles outside of sound stages.
August 27, 1998 |
Do you miss Hawkeye, Radar, Trapper and Klinger? What about Hot Lips and Col. Potter? If the answer is yes--or you even recognize these names--you must be a fan of the 1970s and early '80s hit television show "MASH." The original series was discontinued 15 years ago, but now you can help bring it back to life, if only for a few hours.
June 21, 1998 |
The truth is out there--and it's coming down here. "The X-Files," the half-billion-dollar TV series that just spun off a $60-million movie, is leaving its damp spawning grounds in Vancouver, B.C., after a half-decade and relocating in Los Angeles.
June 10, 1998 |
Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of "The X-Files," is close to putting his "X" on the dotted line to return to the eerie drama for two more seasons. Carter had said a year ago that he might not return after the Fox drama's fifth season, which just ended. He said he wanted to finish "The X-Files" movie and help with the series' transition from Vancouver, its home base for five seasons, to Los Angeles, before making a final decision.
May 19, 1998 |
Ed Grim's favorite time of day is when he stands up in his buggy and lets his powerful horse, Bashful, race to town. That's after his chores are finished at the homestead where he and his girlfriend support themselves by raising calves and chickens and breaking horses. They live in a cabin with no electricity and no telephone, but they do carry pagers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 |
Fade in. Exterior, day. Jerry's apartment building. Jerry's fellow tenants are coming home from a shopping trip. "Ayudeme con los Pampers." "Mira, no tengo llave." "Ay . . . ni yo tampoco!" Laughter up. Applause. Yada, yada, yada. * I have seen "Seinfeld" twice: Once, because everyone else in the home where I was a guest was watching it, and a second time when I was chained to a wall in an Argentine prison. OK, I lied about the prison. All I'm saying is, I wasn't struck by sitcom lightning.
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December 20, 1997 |
Drive out past the grasshopper wells, past the lemon orchards, up toward Ojai, and you enter another world: Santa Ventura Studios. There, tucked away in the old Mills School, actors, directors and producers scurry from one set to another. Makeup artists paint faces and editors sit before giant TV screens, cutting and clipping.