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November 24, 2002 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Parley Baer, a durable character actor whose six-decade career encompassed more than 60 motion pictures, 1,600 television shows and an amazing 15,000 radio programs including the original version of "Gunsmoke," has died. He was 88. The actor, who worked steadily from the early 1930s to the mid-1990s, died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills of complications from a stroke suffered Nov. 11.
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November 25, 1993 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
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.
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September 8, 2000 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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July 11, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood sport last seen in ancient Rome, television has discovered, or remembered, that fat people are human after all, with a panoply of dreams, desires, foibles and stories that often have nothing to do with their weight. Just like all those crazy-thin people we've been watching for years. Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" broke the ice last year. Lit up by newcomer Brooke Elliott, the show wrangled its iffy conceit — an afterlife mix-up leaves a thin girl trapped in a fat girl's body — into a surprisingly edgy comedy.
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August 13, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Michael Viner, a publisher who specialized in audio books and earned a reputation for quick hits with sensational stories, including O.J. Simpson trial figure Faye Resnick's book about Nicole Brown Simpson, died of cancer Saturday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 65. His death was announced by a spokesperson for Phoenix Books Inc., a company that Viner founded in 2005. Viner, a former music and television producer, launched himself into a fledgling audio publishing industry in 1985 when he and his then-wife, actress Deborah Raffin, opened Dove Books-on-Tape in the garage of their Coldwater Canyon home.
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February 27, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
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.
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August 15, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
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.
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September 19, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
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.
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