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July 19, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the dog days of July, CBS is introducing three diverse and surprisingly entertaining and original series. If you don't like at least one of them, you probably just don't like TV. Last night, the network premiered Top Cops, a lusty example of the punch- in-the-gut school of television. Tomorrow, it's Wish You Were Here, a fascinating sitcom experiment. And tonight (Channel 10 at 10), the creators of St. Elsewhere and A Day in the Life present the second installment of Northern Exposure, the saga of a group of splendid characters isolated in the gorgeous town of Cicely, Alaska.
LIVING
June 2, 1995 | By Amy Corneliussen, ASSOCIATED PRESS This story includes information from the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and Inquirer television columnist Gail Shister
This tiny town survived the closing of its last coal mine in 1963 and the logging downturn of the early 1990s. So residents say they will weather the cancellation of Northern Exposure, the CBS television series that made Roslyn famous. The network's recent announcement that the show would not be back next fall didn't surprise many of the town's 935 residents. The star, Rob Morrow, had already left the show, and many of the spring episodes had been preempted. "You can't depend on a TV series forever," said Jan Skiba, a co-owner of the Roslyn Cafe, called "Roslyn's Cafe" in the show, which is set in the fictional Alaska town of Cicely.
NEWS
November 5, 1994 | By Steven Thomma, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
If President Clinton moves his fall campaign tour any farther north, people might think he's running for prime minister of Canada. As he rushes across the country trying to help fellow Democrats keep control of the Congress and win governor's mansions, Clinton has spent nearly all of his time in a narrow corridor along the northern United States. In the final week of the midterm congressional campaigns, Clinton has visited or will visit Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, New York, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington state and California, the only state not in the North.
NEWS
March 14, 1995 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Braced for bone-chilling cold and filled with a spirit of adventure, Brenda Nixon found herself mushing a team of powerful Alaskan huskies across Minnesota's North Country. Nixon, a Rose Tree Media school board member and mother of two, would be the first to admit she was not ready to enter the Iditarod. But in that tranquil Minnesota wilderness, she had found her element. Time and time again, she had resisted the lure of a dogsledding adventure advertised in a brochure from a group called Wilderness Inquiry.
NEWS
August 31, 1992 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Television's Emmy Awards had an excuse for running late last night. The show was on Alaskan time: Northern Exposure, the CBS show from the north country, took the most awards, six. Northern Exposure was best drama series, and won awards for acting (Valerie Mahaffey as supporting actress), writing, editing, cinematography and art direction. Murphy Brown got the laugh on Vice President Quayle by winning the comedy series Emmy. Murphy herself, Candice Bergen, won as lead actress in a comedy series, and one episode took a directing award.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2004 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
This week's lesson addresses the difference between TV shows and the DVDs that carry them. Up for study are two new sets: Northern Exposure: The Complete First Season and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Sixth Season. Both series make the short list of TV's best, combining humor and drama in proportions seldom equaled and using unique characters and situations to plumb the human condition. Trying to convince folks of the theatrical and psychological power of Buffy was always frustrating.
NEWS
October 28, 1991 | By Christopher Cornell, Special to The Inquirer
Not one, not two, but three Halloween specials are on tap tonight, and while none of them look like something you'd want to tape for posterity, they're sure to serve as halfway decent time-killers. Even if they're not your cup of tea, first-run episodes of Murphy Brown and Northern Exposure mean the evening won't be a total loss. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (8-9 p.m., Channel 3) - The approach of Halloween gives NBC another chance to trot out more classic footage from the long-running comedy/variety series - this time with an emphasis on the macabre.
NEWS
May 3, 1994 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
You must remember this. A kiss is still a kiss. Yeah, right. Tell it to Ron and Erick. They tied the knot on network television last night, but when the moment came for the traditional smooch, Ron (Doug Ballard) and Erick (Don McManus) didn't. CBS' "Northern Exposure" will probably get a small footnote in the history books for the first televised wedding/commitment ceremony (although it looks right now as if the first legal gay marriage will likely take place in Hawaii, not Alaska)
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | By Christopher Cornell, Special to The Inquirer
Northern Exposure finishes its run on CBS tonight. In addition, there's an afternoon of Anthony Quinn on Cinemax, and 48 Hours looks into a great big hole in the ground. Beyond that, the pickings are pretty slim. 48 HOURS (8-9 p.m., Ch. 10) - CBS News wisely takes a break from the tensions in the Persian Gulf - we could all use one - and goes to one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on Earth: the Grand Canyon. But you'll still be able to get some measure of what's going on half a world away: If Dan Rather introduces the show from the 48 Hours control room (wearing a suit and tie)
NEWS
September 9, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Here are the Emmy nominees in the major categories: COMEDY SERIES: "Frasier," NBC; "Home Improvement," ABC; "The Larry Sanders Show," HBO; "Mad About You," NBC; "Seinfeld," NBC. DRAMA SERIES: "Law & Order," NBC; "Northern Exposure," CBS; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "Picket Fences," CBS; "Star Trek: The Next Generation," syndicated. MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE: "And the Band Played On," HBO; "Breathing Lessons," CBS; "Gypsy," CBS; "A Place for Annie," ABC; "To Dance with the White Dog," CBS. MINI-SERIES: "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City,"' PBS; "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," CBS; "Prime Suspect 3," PBS; "Stephen King's 'The Stand,' " ABC; "World War II: When Lions Roared," NBC. VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES: "Dennis Miller Live," HBO; "Late Show with David Letterman," CBS; "MTV Unplugged," MTV; "Saturday Night Live," NBC; "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC. VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL: "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Comic Relief VI," HBO; "The Kennedy Center Honors," CBS; "The Tony Awards," CBS; "Tracey Ullman Takes on New York," HBO. LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier"; John Larroquette, "The John Larroquette Show"; Paul Reiser, "Mad About You"; John Goodman, "Roseanne"; Jerry Seinfeld, "Seinfeld.
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December 20, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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August 25, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their love burns with ardor. And don't try to say otherwise. Kanye West says his liaison with Kim Kardashian isn't a sham, a publicity stunt. Au contraire, their love is so strong, each embrace has the potential to disrupt the space-time continuum. So Kanye said in an hour-long sit-down with Kim's mom, Kris Jenner , which aired Friday on the season finale of her gabfest Kris . The whole chat was something to behold. It was a work of art. Kanye said falling for Kim, his "dream girl," was so amazing that he didn't care if his association with the reality TV star would tarnish his rep as the greatest composer since Beethoven . "I could have people saying, 'This is going to damage your credibility' . . . and I say, 'I don't care.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Long before Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman were Emmy nominees, they were kids who loved watching TV. "I liked 'Man from Uncle' and 'High Chaparral,' " Costner said. "I really, really liked that when I was a kid. "I remember the transition from black-and-white to color," continued Costner, who is nominated as both star and producer of the TV movie "Hatfields & McCoys. " "It's like one by one the televisions in my neighborhood became color TVs and we would all go look at each other's color TVs and ooh and aah at 'Bonanza.' I'm kind of glad I saw it all, in a way. I remember the TV would shut off at 11 and just play the national anthem all night long.
NEWS
October 23, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
'How can anyone retire from the 'job' of watching and writing about TV?" you might ask, as you see that this is my farewell column as The Inquirer's TV critic. Not easily. I've been doing it for more than 22 years, and it has generally been a joy, but the pressure of change in television and in the newspaper business was getting intense. Maybe not for an air traffic controller or a crime-beat reporter, but for a person whose primary work garb is plaid pajamas, the pressure gauge is set a little lower.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2007 | By Gail Shister INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Unlike the ace detective she plays on TNT's The Closer, Kyra Sedgwick is so self-aware her head hurts. "I'm constantly examining my motives and thoughts and how I live in the world," she says. "I'm a totally self-analytical person. It's exhausting to be me. " Exhilarating, too. Sedgwick is riding a rocket. Averaging more than 6.6 million viewers per week, Closer is the most popular original series of all time on ad-supported cable. Season 3 debuts at 9 p.m. tomorrow. Her character, LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, is an original, too. An obsequious, Southern-twanged Atlanta transplant with a thrift-shop wardrobe, Deputy Chief Johnson believes emotional insight has a singular function: as a tool to break perps in the interrogation room.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2007 | By BOB STRAUSS Los Angeles Daily News
Like an R-rated episode of a "Northern Exposure"-type quirky-character show, "Diggers" serves up slices of life sprinkled with a little too much cute, funny stuff. The setting is the Hamptons vicinity of Long Island in the mid-1970s, before it became an exclusive precinct for the rich. Things were changing for the local community of clam diggers, though. A big corporation was buying up exclusive rights to the clam beds their families had worked for generations, and financial pressures were forcing the diggers to either give up their independence and go work for the capitalist pigs or consider pursuing different livelihoods.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2004 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
This week's lesson addresses the difference between TV shows and the DVDs that carry them. Up for study are two new sets: Northern Exposure: The Complete First Season and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Sixth Season. Both series make the short list of TV's best, combining humor and drama in proportions seldom equaled and using unique characters and situations to plumb the human condition. Trying to convince folks of the theatrical and psychological power of Buffy was always frustrating.
SPORTS
March 5, 2002 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As soon as DeSean White, from Strawberry Mansion, and Shane Clark, from Northeast, transferred to Cardinal Dougherty last year, Dougherty got a little taller and a little more athletic. The Cardinals also got a chance. Since Father Judge won the 1998 Catholic League boys' basketball championship with a 62-48 victory over Cardinal O'Hara, no Northern Division team has reached the final. In the last two years, no Northern Division team has come close, with Roman Catholic and St. John Neumann - loaded with the likes of Roman's Eddie Griffin and Tamal Forchion and Neumann's Brandon Brigman and Cantrell Fletcher - beating their Northern opponents by a 22.5-point average.
NEWS
March 21, 2000 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two months ago, when William Tennent's Dan Musgrove was contacted about playing Junior B-level hockey in Alaska, the senior defenseman jumped at the opportunity. "I pretty much dropped everything I was doing and left," Musgrove said. "I really didn't know much about the league or the level of competition, but I was excited to get the chance to improve my game and see what I could do against better players. " While playing for the Alaska Sinbad Sailors in the Western States Hockey League, Musgrove stayed with a host family in Wasilla, Alaska, about an hour's drive from Anchorage.
SPORTS
March 30, 1998 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It started as your perfect, right-out-of-the-catalogue final day of spring training: Glorious. Cloudless. Upbeat. Until the newspaper arrived. There, in yesterday's Tampa Tribune, was a ranking of all 30 teams in baseball. Rated 30th: those Philadelphia Phillies. "All I can say is, I hope they're not right," manager Terry Francona said. Six weeks amid the palm trees haven't proven that, though. They never do. Only the six-month soap opera ahead can do that. And Francona understands the deal.
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