April 20, 1993 |
NBC-TV's Emmy-winning drama series "L.A. Law," which was rejuvenated this month with the return of producer William M. Finkelstein, has been renewed by the network for an eighth season. Since Finkelstein's return April 1, "L.A. Law" has averaged a 12.5 rating and 22 share, bettering its earlier season-to-date Nielsen ratings by 9% and two share points and vaulting into the Top 10 prime-time series among adults 18-49 years old.
November 20, 1991 |
There's not one early episode of ABC's new drama series "Civil Wars" that isn't captivating or amusing in spots. There's also not one that isn't seriously flawed. In style and content, "Civil Wars" at times echoes "L.A. Law"--hardly a surprise, since its creator and executive producer is William M. Finkelstein, a former writer and producer on the acclaimed NBC legal drama who is making the new series for the production company of Steven Bochco, co-creator of "L.A. Law."
April 28, 1991 |
Blair Brown, Teresa Wright and Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot") are in New England filming "Lethal Innocence," a PBS "American Playhouse" based on the life story of a young Cambodian refugee boy who was rescued from the Khmer Rouge and adopted by an entire New England town. The drama will premiere later this year or in early 1992. TNT will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Henry Fonda with a retrospective featuring excerpts from his 47-year film career.
February 10, 1991 |
Production has begun on "When You're Smiling," a new ABC mid-season comedy series about a vagabond Brooklyn-born Italian-American who promises his dying father he'll run the family grocery store. Ray Sharkey of "Wiseguy" stars with Julie Bovasso, Anne De Salvo and Joe Cortese. Premiere date will be announced at a later time.
May 9, 1994 |
In perhaps the most memorable moment in "L.A. Law's" eight-year run, Rosalind Shays, the uncongenial but shrewd litigator brought in to boost the firm's droopy revenues, mistakenly stepped into an empty elevator shaft and plummeted to her death. But as fitting as it might be to conclude the storied series with a group plunge down an elevator shaft--after all, the stars of the show all play lawyers--the final episode of "L.A. Law" isn't so final. The firm won't go up in flames.
February 13, 1991
Three writers from "The Wonder Years" have been nominated for best comedy script of the 1989-90 season by the Writers Guild of America, while the drama series nominations featured two each for "thirtysomething," "China Beach" and "L.A. Law." Winners of the guild's 43rd annual awards for TV, movie and radio writing will be announced in ceremonies March 20. Film nominees will be named Tuesday.