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October 4, 1989 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
"Roseanne" captured the top ratings spot for the week that ended Sunday, but that didn't stop NBC from enjoying an easy victory in the second week of the new TV season, figures from the A.C. Nielsen Co. showed yesterday. NBC's "Cosby" show placed second, followed by "Cheers," "The Golden Girls" and "A Different World. " Each of the networks, though, had its share of joys and disappointments. For ABC, the high point was "Roseanne" reclaiming the No. 1 spot from NBC's "Cosby.
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December 14, 1990 | By Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
OK, I'm going to describe a network sitcom. You guess which one it is. It's about a working-class family struggling to make ends meet. There's a husband and a wife, and the wife is clearly in charge. There are a couple of troublemaking kids, but mom always gets the last word. The wife's really fat but you can tell the couple still has a terrific sex life. Did you guess "Roseanne"? Close - but no. This is "You Take the Kids," the latest, and baldest, imitation of ABC's hit comedy.
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February 10, 2003 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
EVERYONE WITH a magic marker and a bullhorn knows the media is too liberal, too conservative, too homophobic, too pro-Gay, too Zionist, too anti-Semitic, too anti-Arab, too sexist, too ageist, too racist, etc. Well now you can add too "fattist" to the list. Says who? Says Roseanne. Because goodness knows she never got any press. It seems Rosie is ticked because no TV came to cover the Lane Bryant lingerie show (for women size 14 and above) she hosted last week in Manhattan.
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July 11, 1997 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services and the New York Post contributed to this report
FRIDAY: Channel 6's Phil Andrews sports 36; WJJZ-FM DJ Annie Ashe plays 32. SATURDAY: North Philly's Bill Cosby stars 60; defense attorney Robert Simone cools at 64; teachers union Local 3 president Ted Kirsch negotiates 58. Quick, who's the Scariest Woman Alive? Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane" mode? Ooh, scary. The pneumatic Pamela Anderson Lee? Yipes! That Bond Girl who crushes guys with her thighs? Brrrr! But no. The uninspired readers of Esquire have lamely named Roseanne this year's Scariest Woman Alive, for the mag's August "Women We Love" issue.
NEWS
March 10, 1998 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
THAT'S LIFE. Channel 6, 9:30 p.m. Turns out Roseanne was right. She always said that she - not the suits, not the writers (and certainly not the ex-husbands) - was the creative force behind "Roseanne. " Those seeking proof need only watch a few minutes of ABC's "That's Life," because as the network's promos never fail to remind us, "That's Life" is from the writers and producers of "Roseanne. " Even those of us who've had trouble repressing our memories of that last lost season - the lottery-win fiasco - can remember the best years of "Roseanne," when it offered something truly original and starkly different from most of the sitcoms on TV. What it offered, of course, was Roseanne.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1994 | By Lucinda Fleeson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and USA Today
This round, Roseanne is backing up her claims of spousal abuse against husband Tom Arnold with pictures. Court documents filed this week include photographs of bruises she says Arnold inflicted during their rocky marriage. Roseanne - who now prefers to go only by her first name - says she withdrew earlier abuse claims because she was afraid of her husband. "I was extremely fearful that if I told (him) I was absolutely positive that I did not want to remain married to him, his threats to kill me would become real," she says in a divorce declaration.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1989 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
For the second consecutive week, the ABC hit comedy "Roseanne" has beaten "The Cosby Show" in the A.C. Nielsen ratings. "Roseanne," which came in fifth for the week ended Sunday, posted a 21.2 rating and a 33 audience share, pushing Bill Cosby into sixth place, with a 20.9 rating. Each ratings point represents 904,000 households. The numbers suggest that the era in which Cosby has dominated the Nielsens may be coming to an end. "It may be a little premature," ABC spokesman Herb Worth said, "but we are very happy with the results.
NEWS
March 4, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services, the New York Observer and People magazine contributed to this report
One more bit of fuss over the last New Yorker mag, the Roseanne-inspired issue that generated both praise and guffaws from readers. The sitcom star had been recruited by editor Tina Brown to work on the Feb. 19 & 26 "women's issue": Roseanne apparently suggested a couple of topics to explore; dropped the names of a few writers she'd like to see in the mag; and posed for a flattering shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. Now we learn that Roseanne submitted her own essay for the mag - and it was so awful, even by the New Yorker's celebrity-friendly standards, it never made it to print.
LIVING
June 10, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, New York Daily News, Washington Post and Liz Smith
Tom Arnold may have delivered the coup de grace to his marriage when he pulled an old trick on Roseanne by ambushing her Tuesday in Italy with a National Enquirer crew. He was escorted by her bodyguards to her isle hideaway, where he had an ugly confrontation with one of the guards. He asked her to step outside for privacy and that's when the tab squad attacked. An angry Roseanne berated Tom, and local police asked him to leave the island. COUPLES Elizabeth Taylor's long recuperation from hip replacement surgery is straining her marriage.
NEWS
January 11, 1990 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today and the New York Daily News
Doing his yearly imitation of the winter groundhog, Mr. Blackwell emerged from Los Angeles obscurity yesterday to give his reading on the worst-dressed women. They are: Cher ("a bag of tattooed bones"), Paula Abdul, Roseanne Barr ("a bowling-alley reject"), Demi Moore, Princess Anne ("lumpy, dumpy amd frumpy"), Kim Basinger ("a parading peep-show"), LaToya Jackson ("Cher for the '90s"), Emily Lloyd, Daryl Hannah and the tandem of Madonna and Sarah Bernhard ("the Mutt and Jeff of MTV: vampy, trampy . . . and cartoon campy.
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September 18, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roseann Smith Lankford became a teacher, in part, because "a doctor told her that she would never be able to have children," said a son, Andrew. "But she wanted to work with young children," so teaching elementary school classes was her obvious choice. "The pregnancy of my twin brother and I was a shock" because of her internal impairment, Andrew said of him and his twin, Kevin. Mrs. Lankford, 71, of Mount Laurel, who retired in the early 2000s as a teacher at Blackwood Elementary School in Gloucester Township, died Saturday, Sept.
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November 3, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
It's so tempting, I know. Costumes, masks, pranks, pop-culture sight gags, strange people coming to the door, eating jokes - Halloween just seems like an occasion designed for sitcoms. The episodes practically write themselves, don't they? Well, no. Halloween is actually like a theme-park tar pit for TV comedies. Every year, ignoring the danger, half the herd charges into the same trap - with the same tragic results. This year was the saddest in memory. The better half of Ben and Kate rigged up a costume that was part judicial robe/part baseball uniform to go as Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2010
In his native Philadelphia, Bruce Graham is best known as the prolific and acclaimed author of numerous plays, including "Burkie," "Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille," "Moon Over the Brewery," "Belmont Avenue Social Club" and "Coyote on a Fence," which won the Rosenthal Prize and two Drama Desk nominations (and whose staging in London's West End starred Ben Cross, of "Chariots of Fire" fame). His efforts have been recognized with two Barrymore Awards (the local equivalent of the Tonys)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Is it easier being an openly gay daytime talk-show host than it is being an openly gay actress? Sara Gilbert doesn't know yet. "I don't really think of things as in or out. . . . This is a whole new world for me," Gilbert told reporters yesterday at a news conference for CBS' so-far-untitled new show, a mother-centric version of ABC's "The View" that the former "Roseanne" co-star developed and will co-host with Mount...
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August 6, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If "reality" programs accomplish nothing else, they may yet cure us of our infatuation with celebrity. Would you want to be Ozzy Osbourne, doddering around his heavy-metal mansion, stepping in dog poop? Roseanne Barr is the latest boldface star to put her day-to-day existence on display. But The Real Roseanne Show, which premieres with two episodes at 9 and 9:30 tonight, is a show not even an exhibitionist could love. Roseanne's life is a bus crash with an Italian food buffet onboard.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2003 | By Ellen Gray Daily News Television Critic
"THE REAL ROSEANNE SHOW" 9 tomorrow night, Channel 6. ANY LINGERING questions about whether Roseanne Barr is crazy like a fox, or merely crazy, may be cleared up Thursday morning, when the Nielsens come in for tomorrow's premiere of ABC's "The Real Roseanne Show. " For now, though, I'm going with that scourge of the henhouse, the fox. Because in a town where half the actors, writers and producers are still wringing their hands over "reality" programming while they wait for it to go away, the former sitcom star hasn't just embraced the trend - she's found a way to make it work for her. But then, what would you expect from a woman who already has her first ex-husband on her payroll - as a handyman?
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February 10, 2003 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
EVERYONE WITH a magic marker and a bullhorn knows the media is too liberal, too conservative, too homophobic, too pro-Gay, too Zionist, too anti-Semitic, too anti-Arab, too sexist, too ageist, too racist, etc. Well now you can add too "fattist" to the list. Says who? Says Roseanne. Because goodness knows she never got any press. It seems Rosie is ticked because no TV came to cover the Lane Bryant lingerie show (for women size 14 and above) she hosted last week in Manhattan.
NEWS
July 24, 2002 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Back and forth. Tom Arnold is offstage at ABC's The View, swaying like a boat anchored in a heavy chop. Joy Behar introduces him as a guy who has always been "out there. " And out he bounds. If he seems too pumped, cut him some slack. Arnold is an applause junkie. And for the longest time, a fix was hard to find. His dizzying career trajectory has mirrored Wall Street's. In the space of a decade, he went from working in a meatpacking plant in rural Iowa to partnering with Roseanne when she was TV's biggest star.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2001 | By Robert Strauss FOR THE INQUIRER
It used to be that small towns on TV were bastions of normality, from white-bread, suburban Mayfield on Leave It to Beaver to gritty, working-class Lanford on Roseanne. The Springfield of the 1950s family comedy Father Knows Best was so straight-arrow, Dad often wore a tie to wash the car. No more. Imagine the Beav hanging out with the potty-mouthed kids in bucolic, alien-invaded South Park. Or Roseanne's husband, Dan, bowling with the oddball inhabitants of Ed's wacky Stuckeyville.
NEWS
December 14, 1998 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Comedian Joan Rivers probably gave her daughter Melissa Rivers, the basic-cable TV hostess, the same bit of advice she regularly gives every other woman in America: Get the rock from her boyfriend. And it worked. Now that Melissa has been happily married off - in a Plaza Hotel ceremony Saturday night in New York - Joan is giving advice for a successful married life. "If it's a choice between cooking or cleaning or looking good, go get that facial," she says she told her daughter.
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