February 24, 1996
With all due respect to the talent and energy of Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, I believe that Steve Weinstein gave them a bit too much credit in his story on their success in television ("Forget 'Baywatch': The Action's With 'Hercules,' 'Xena,' " Feb. 17). For one thing, Raimi and Tapert did not create "Hercules," Christian Williams did. As for "Xena: Warrior Princess," it evolved out of a script I wrote for "Hercules," and the credits now say that I created the show with Tapert. JOHN SCHULIAN Co-Executive Producer, "Hercules" Universal City
December 7, 1997
At first when I read Anne Beatts' story about the television character Xena, I thought it was a spoof ("Princess of the Xeitgeist," Nov. 30). But I now see she actually feels that Xena is an important role model for girls and women today. Let me get this straight: A completely empty-headed, ambiguously sexed Amazon whose claim to fame is the ability to use any object as a weapon, beat up men and kill monsters is an apt role model and hero for today's girls and women? I suggest that Beatts visit her local library.
April 5, 1998 |
An actress named Hunter Tylo won a $5-million verdict against Spelling Entertainment Group after she got fired from the hilarious TV comedy, I mean drama, "Melrose Place." The verdict was upheld Wednesday by an L.A. Superior Court judge, who also told Spelling to pick up Tylo's $900,000 tab for lawyer fees. Tylo was supposed to play a vixen. Spelling didn't want a pregnant vixen. Spelling had nothing against pregnant vixens in general. Pregnant vixens have rights, same as any other vixens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997
Re "TV on Decline, but Few Back U.S. Regulation," Sept. 21: I'm tired of articles concerning what people want on TV. People announce what they want on TV every time they turn on a show, and the ratings are a much more accurate gauge than their high-minded pronouncements. Apparently, people want to watch "Baywatch" while pretending to watch "Masterpiece Theatre." Quality dramas and innovative comedies get canceled for low ratings while Xena and Hercules bra and brawn their way to riches.
July 5, 2001 |
Now you can own a genuine piece of the "Xena: Warrior Princess" show. But bring plenty of cash. Items from the beloved cult TV series, which came to a sad end late last month with the death of the title character, are being auctioned off by the producers on the Internet. Some of the prices already fetched: a sword used on the show went for $17,600, a costume worn by Gabrielle (Xena's faithful companion, played by actress Renee O'Connor) brought a winning bid of $16,001.
April 18, 2010
If you're nostalgic for warrior princesses, talk about "Xena: Warrior Princess." Long before Lucy Lawless was going topless in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," she was just a warrior bent on overcoming her dark past and saving innocents to redeem herself in the campy '90s cult TV series. Want to relive that Spartan costume? The first season is now available on DVD. (Tuesday) If you want vampires that don't sparkle, talk about "American Vampire."