November 25, 1993 |
Just about the last thing on producer Dean Hargrove's mind is even thinking of trying to replace the late Raymond Burr as TV's "Perry Mason." The final original "Perry Mason" episode starring Burr, who died in September, airs on NBC on Monday. And Hargrove, sitting on the couch of his office at Universal Studios, says: "At the moment, there are no specific plans in terms of continuing the franchise. Certainly, the first thing is that no one's going to try to replace Raymond Burr.
October 13, 1989 |
Jay Ward, who sired a collection of characters dominated by a squirrel named Rocky and a simple-minded moose he called Bullwinkle, and then put them in a TV series that featured primitive animation and sophisticated dialogue, died Thursday. The creator of Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, Dudley Do-Right, Snidely Whiplash and, of course, Bullwinkle and Rocky was 69 and died at his home in the West Hollywood area.
October 19, 1986 |
Clouds of sinus-searing dust and the pungent odor of chiles and chili powder fill the air. Western and bluegrass bands blast away; hawkers urge passers-by to buy souvenir T-shirts or badges or belt buckles or to sample their special chili. There's a long row of portable Coleman stoves manned by cooks in strange costumes, and a lineup of rent-a-johns perched on the rocky landscape. Yep, you're at the annual International Chili Society's World Championship Chili Cookoff.
September 8, 2000 |
Four decades after he was last paid to say them, George Walsh still rattles off thewords in the steady, measured tone once familiar to listeners nationwide: "Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. marshal and the smell of 'Gunsmoke.' " At that point the music swelled, a shot rang out and ricocheted, and the radio show that gained even more fame later on TV was on the air for another week.
August 31, 1993 |
In Larchmont Village, a frightened man on a deserted street hears footsteps behind him. The man flees into a dead end alley. The predator follows and raises his gun. "Finally," he says. He squeezes the trigger. "This is Dr. Richard Kimble's recurring nightmare," intones narrator William Conrad on the early '60s TV series "The Fugitive" as the camera cuts to Kimble waking up in a cold sweat.
February 27, 1990 |
TV or not TV. . . . INSIDE MOVES: On NBC, a shark finishes off a star of "Baywatch" this Friday. At ABC, the signing of Victoria Principal for two series robs CBS of a top headliner. At CBS, Valerie Bertinelli tries a comedy series to get the network back on track. Separate moves, but all part of midseason network strategy to win the upper hand. So was NBC's Saturday "Hunter" episode in which the police partners played by Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer finally went to bed with each other.
August 15, 1997 |
MOVIES Back to Square One: Looks like Madonna might not get to play Tina Modotti after all. The singer-actress had signed a deal in February to follow up her big-screen turn as "Evita" by portraying Modotti--the Italian-born actress and photographer who became well-known in the 1930s for her political activism in Mexico.
September 19, 1992 |
Critics of a proposed CBS sitcom version of "Driving Miss Daisy" saw nothing funny about its attempt to find humor in the segregated South of the early 1950s, where whites treated African-Americans largely like chattel. Four decades later, is there anything funny about African-American life in a New York ghetto where a drug dealer gets away with menacing an earnest counselor at a youth center because the young man disciplined the criminal's little brother? We're about to find out.