April 27, 1993 |
Stepping back in time is the premise for NBC's "Quantum Leap," but in reality there's no going back, as NBC will prove conclusively when it closes the show for good next month. Also biting the dust is "A Different World. " When it was launched in 1989, "Quantum Leap" was a critical success, though never a ratings smash. The program tied for 97th in the just-released seasonal ratings, down from 62nd last year. "Quantum Leap" revolves around Sam Beckett, played by Scott Bakula, who finds himself bouncing back and forth through time with a holographic best friend, played by Dean Stockwell.
July 2, 1993 |
It's not much of a room: two sets of narrow bunks, a couple of sway-backed single beds, a closet filled with standard-issue white sheets, a poster of a Coors girl, maroon-colored cement-block walls. A table with a clock and a beeper. And, of course, a smoke alarm. But at least for the forseeable future, this is home for District Four's professional firefighters, all so that the folks who live on the east side of town, between Haddonfield and Voorhees, can rest easy. While they're snoozing through the night in their beds, a shift of firefighters will be settling down in their less-than-ideal quarters, ready to run to the rescue at a moment's notice.
June 25, 1990 |
Summer's the time when television networks, like office workers on vacation, let down their hair and try some things they might not do in the buttoned-up wintertime. They air short-run series that didn't quite make the big-time fall schedule. They move some of the reruns around, trying them out in different time periods. A few summer-run series have already premiered - like NBC's "Seinfeld" and CBS's "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" - and others will begin next month. And as for tampering with the schedule . . . This week, NBC has something interesting up its sleeve.
June 25, 1990 |
It's rare that that a weekly drama series featuring a hunky guy fighting evil-doers evolves into anything more special than the usual macho series - "MacGyver," "B.L. Stryker," "Hunter" and all the rest. But "Quantum Leap," which airs every night this week at 10 on Channel 3, rises above the standard action-oriented dramas. Its hero is a scientist, not an undercover cop, so there's little reliance on guns and fast cars and more on brains. But our hero Sam Beckett (his name is the first of many tipoffs that this is a show produced by college graduates, probably English majors)
May 21, 1991 |
Axing old favorite Amen and sending Matlock to the bench, NBC yesterday announced a fall prime-time schedule that includes seven new comedies and two new dramas. The lineup returns James Garner (Maverick, The Rockford Files) and Robert Guillaume (Benson) to series TV, and teams deaf Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin with Mark Harmon. NBC renewed three series - Blossom, Seinfeld and Quantum Leap - that had vocal followings but questionable futures. It also gave a quick vote of confidence to Sisters, which premiered May 11. The one-hour drama about four middle-class sisters will be back in autumn on Saturdays.
April 5, 1997
Digital TV is coming! Digital TV is coming! Oh (dubious) joy. The Federal Communications Commission has released to commercial broadcasters the airwaves needed to usher in a new generation of televisions offering clearer images and crisper color. What a boon to mankind. For only $5,000 or so, some day soon you can wipe muddy color on the family room tube off your list of crushing life disappointments. Issues more weighty than bluer blues do lurk inside this development.
January 28, 1992 |
HIDEAWAY By Dean R. Koontz Putnam. 384 pp. $22.95 Over the last 25 years, Dean R. Koontz has written 55 books, starting with pulp novels. From there he moved to genre fiction and, ultimately, to several bestsellers - Cold Fire, The Bad Place and Midnight, among others. As might be expected, practice makes perfect. His work has become more skillful, more ambitious, more chilling. Hideaway, his latest, continues that trend. In fact, it is a quantum leap forward. This is not just a chilly novel.
October 14, 1996 |
Episcopal Academy is shooting for an Inter-Ac League football championship. Unfortunately for the Churchmen, their aim was a little off in a 28-12 loss to Penn Charter on Friday. "We shot ourselves in the foot," Episcopal running back Matt Bailer said. "We beat ourselves today. " The Churchmen were 4-1 entering the contest, but none of the games counted in the league standings. The Inter-Ac opener was crucial for an Episcopal team looking to make a quantum leap from last in the league in 1995 to first in 1996.
July 24, 1996 |
By the time the Clearwater Phillies' game against Lakeland started last night at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, Mitch Williams already had packed his bags and checked out of the hotel where he'd been staying since his Wild comeback attempt began just over two weeks ago. Williams, who was scheduled to pitch one inning, apparently planned to hop into his truck and begin driving toward his improbable dream after his work for the night was done....
April 27, 1990 |
Norman Braman agrees: This most certainly is a make-or-break year for the Eagles, the football club he just happens to own. Buddy Ryan, his coach, is the man who first suggested that notion. But it is Braman, with his ever-growing expectations - and his disappointment over last season - who yesterday made it clear that he expects a lot this year. "I think we have to make that quantum leap," Braman said, in town for the opening of the Eagles' three-day minicamp. "And that's (to)