March 27, 2001 |
That swell James L. Brooks movie, "Broadcast News," was on TV recently, its funny scenes with Joan Cusack affirming what a good comedic actress she can be. How weird, then, to catch her on her painful-to-watch new ABC sitcom, "What About Joan," soaring annoyingly over the top as a neurotic, insecure, tightly coiled high school teacher who appears to be so seriously bipolar that she can barely function. Someone needs to rein her in.
September 25, 1997 |
Meanwhile, back at Ft. Knox. . . . NBC, which traditionally mints hits on Thursday nights, welcomes two new comedies to that golden arena tonight, with a cast of relative unknowns inhabiting the urban diner of edgy "Union Square" and Kirstie Alley ("Cheers") playing another insecure, self-effacing character as the Queen Mum of lingerie in the mildly amusing "Veronica's Closet."
February 9, 2000 |
CLASSICAL MUSIC Seeing Red: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. has reported a deficit of $2.7 million for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1999--its largest ever according to previous information released by the organization. An Ernst & Young audit completed last week showed that the group finished its year with a surplus of nearly $1.4 million before one-time-only expenses totaling more than $4 million were factored in.
August 7, 1998 |
Think you know your rock 'n' roll, do you? Well, if you can name the Quebecoise vocalist who recorded "Unison" as her first album in English and the country that spawned Falco--and can remember to answer in the form of a question--VH1 may have the show for you. "Rock & Roll Jeopardy!," a spinoff of the original "Jeopardy!" quiz show, premieres Saturday on the cable music channel.
June 5, 1996 |
People generally have one of two reactions when they find out you're a TV critic. It's either, "Poor you; you have to sit through all that television" or "Lucky you; you get paid to watch TV." The first response seems much more appropriate than the second--most of the time. Then there are those nights when you plop a review cassette into the VCR and feel very lucky about what you do. This happened the other night when the tape in question was a collection of "Larry Sanders Shows" from HBO.
May 27, 2001 |
Playwright Christopher Durang had all but given up hope that his 1980 off-Broadway hit "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" would be made into a movie. Durang initially sold the movie rights to an independent producer in 1985. Yet while other hit plays from the time with Catholic themes--such as "Mass Appeal" and "Agnes of God"--were produced as films, "Sister Mary" languished.