September 28, 1997 |
Spaceman Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) and Cowboy Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) battle for the affection of a boy in "Toy Story" (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). The hit movie airs as the return premiere of "The Wonderful World of Disney" franchise. Toys come alive in this animated modern classic in which Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll and the leader of the other toys, is threatened by the arrival of the flashy Buzz. Other voices featured are: Don Rickles (Mr.
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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.
August 13, 1997 |
Much has been written about how movies have become the dominion of big-budget action and science-fiction fare--in part because stories short on dialogue and long on thrills play especially well overseas. Often overlooked, however, is how television has paralleled this trend, with executives saying the viability of one-hour drama series now depends to a significant degree on their appeal abroad--where action and sci-fi often travel better than softer, character-driven programs.
March 26, 1997 |
Fighting cruel mythological gods and evil monsters, nasty giants and blood thirsty warlords--pshaw, mere saber rattling for actress Lucy Lawless, who plays "Xena: Warrior Princess." Lawless had plenty of practice--she grew up with five brothers (four of them older) and one sister. "I had a fairly rough-and-tumble childhood," Lawless said in a soft voice. "I've got a good kick, I can throw a punch and I learned not to cry."
February 26, 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
February 17, 1996 |
The ancient myths we all learned in junior high--stories of Cyclops, sirens, satyrs, ambrosia and cruel, mischievous gods named Hera and the Gorgones--have become more popular than all the cleavage and beach rescues David Hasselhoff has to offer.