July 19, 1990 |
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.
June 2, 1995 |
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.
November 5, 1994 |
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.
March 14, 1995 |
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.
August 31, 1992 |
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.
May 28, 2004 |
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.
October 28, 1991 |
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.
May 3, 1994 |
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)
August 30, 1990 |
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)
September 9, 1994 |
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.