Posts Tagged ‘1990s’

The Larry Sanders Show

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

RemingtonWith Stephen Colbert entering the late night talk show wars, audiences have another choice to wind down their day.  Late night, a programming block invented by NBC with Broadway Open House in 1950, spurred a slew of hosts.

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Chandler Bing, Oscar Madison, et al.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

RemingtonUndoubtedly, Matthew Perry’s most recognized role is Chandler Bing on Friends, the powerhouse sitcom on NBC’s Must See TV Thursday night lineup in the 1990s.  Perry has a distinguished roster of roles beyond the wisecracking Bing, who used humor as a defense mechanism to guard against his insecurities.

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Stern and Stars

Friday, April 10th, 2015

RemingtonThe 1997 movie Private Parts, based on Howard Stern’s autobiography of the same name, has fairly rich television connections.

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Pembleton, Bayliss et. al.

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

RemingtonIn the 1990s, NBC dominated with a powerful lineup of programs, including SeinfeldFriends, and ER.  Homicide:  Life on the Street, while overflowing with quality scripts, story lines, and actors, did not bathe in the glitz factor of NBC’s other shows.  Still, it lasted seven years, airing from 1993 to 1999.

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Battle of the Bands

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

RemingtonSusan Dey enjoyed a second wave of television success as Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney Grace Van Owen on NBC’s L.A. Law when she hosted Saturday Night Live on February 8, 1992.  Dey’s first stint in the spotlight occurred in the early 1970s as feminist keyboard player Laurie Partridge on ABC’s The Partridge Family.

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American Television

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

America pervades television program titles.  Indeed, examples are plentiful.

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Before He Was Colonel Potter

Friday, February 6th, 2015

RemingtonBefore he was Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H, Harry Morgan was one of Hollywood’s cornerstone character actors.  He shared the silver screen with legends.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 6 of 8)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

In Teleliteracy is Here…So Telefriend, Chapter 14 of his 1992 book Teleliteracy, television critic David Bianculli raises the issue of television programming rivaling literature for intelligence.

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James Bond: Spoofs, Parodies, and Parallels

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then James Bond should be very flattered indeed.

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The Lone Ranger – Green Hornet Connection

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The Lone Ranger’s origin is a story of vengeance.  Captain Dan Reid of the Texas Rangers leads a squad to pursue legendary outlaw Butch Cavendish.  A double-crossing guide leads the Rangers into a trap at Bryant’s Gap.

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