January 27, 1993 |
When are good ratings not good enough? The Jackie Thomas Show has the kind of ratings that other shows would kill for. It ranks No. 8 among all prime-time series this season - ahead of such established hits as Cheers, Full House and Northern Exposure. Yet eight weeks after its debut, the ABC comedy's future is by no means secure. The reason: It is failing to hold onto a large number of people who watch the show that precedes it on ABC at 9 Tuesday nights, Roseanne. That show is the No. 2 show on TV this season, trailing only 60 Minutes on CBS. In 1989, ABC canceled the sitcom Chicken Soup despite its No. 13 ranking.
September 4, 1997 |
'Sweet are the uses of adversity," William Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. Tom Arnold is the latest actor to illustrate the wisdom of that line, as he triumphs in his new comedy series, The Tom Show. "Direct thy feet, where thou and I henceforth may never meet," as Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night, may well be your reaction if you waste your time watching the wretched premiere of Alright Already. The Tom Show, joining Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the best series produced so far by the 2 1/2-year-old WB network, will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday on Channel 17. Alright Already, ranking right down there with such all-time television disasters as The Kallikaks (1977)
May 9, 1993 |
Author Salman Rushdie won Switzerland's Colette literary prize but didn't go to Geneva to pick up the $25,000 award Thursday because his hosts said security would have cost too much. The Colette jury said it was "rising against intolerance" in choosing Rushdie, who has been in hiding for more than four years under an Islamic death sentence imposed over his novel The Satanic Verses. The Colette award, first given in 1988, is named for the French novelist who died in 1954. GOODBYE TO ABC Tom Arnold has told ABC he's leaving The Jackie Thomas Show to star in a new series at CBS, his publicist, Pat Kingsley, said Friday.
May 14, 1997 |
This fall really will be different. "Roseanne" will no longer be on television, but Tom Arnold will. Arnold - whose previous sitcoms, ABC's "The Jackie Thomas Show" and CBS's "Tom," fared no better than his marriage to the ABC star - has a new show, "The Tom Show," on a new network, the WB. Anyone who's looking for Arnold to forget his roots can just forget it: He'll be playing a man starting over in Minneapolis after a "bitter and...
September 4, 1997 |
THE TOM SHOW. Channel 17, 9 p.m. Sunday. ALRIGHT ALREADY. Channel 17, 9:30 p.m. Sunday. God knows, I didn't want to laugh. Tom Arnold, back on TV, playing a guy recovering from a bad marriage to one of the world's most famous women. Ed McMahon back on TV, too. How bad an idea is this? Extremely bad. Worse than "Star Search. " Worse than having "Roseanne" win the lottery. Worse than "Tom" and "The Jackie Thomas Show" put together. A funny thing happened on the way to "The Tom Show," though.
July 8, 1991 |
That they are in love, there is no doubt. Small, round Roseanne Barr, now Roseanne Arnold, snuggles on the sofa with her big husband, Tom Arnold; tickles the back of his neck with her long, red- painted nails; gurgles baby talk to him, whispers in his ear. She recently took his name, and he celebrated his conversion to her religion, Judaism, before 500 guests at their remarriage ceremony in Los Angeles. The band played "Kung Fu Fighting. " The two comics are here in the Catskills, at the enormous Concord Resort Hotel, on what they call their "Honeymoon Tour," with Roseanne the headliner and Tom her opening act. They play the Valley Forge Music Fair tonight.
August 2, 1994 |
If it's for real and for ever, who's to say that anyone shouldn't be wed? Still and all, some celebrity love matches really don't click with their images or the public. Some of those we don't find out about until they're history. Here are a few marriages that have mixed us up over the years: Shannon Doherty and Ashley Hamilton Donald Trump and Marla Maples Liz Taylor and Larry Fortensky Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold (and Kim Silva) Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger Sean Penn and Madonna Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen Herve and Camille Villechaize Prince Charles and Diana Spencer Cher and Gregg Allman Tiny Tim and "Miss Vicky" Budinger Ike and Tina Turner Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine Rock Hudson and Phyllis Gates (his agent's secretary)
February 14, 1997 |
To the gallery of All-American movie hustlers, we can add Bill Hill of "Touch," a man who discovers a modern-day messiah and immediately tries to give him what Christ never had: an agent. Ours is not the first culture to exploit the lucrative aspects of spirituality, but as we see in "Touch," America is unsurpassed in its ability to turn nearly anything, even miracles, into a form of free enterprise. "Touch" stars Skeet Ulrich as Juvenal, a defrocked priest who works in a drug-rehab center in Los Angeles, where he moonlights as a faith healer.
January 29, 1996 |
Big Bully, which stars Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold and is a frightening waste of time, begins in Wonder Years-mode: A retrospective voice-over takes us back to a Midwestern Everytown, circa 1970, where grade-school pals ogle the prettiest girl in class, and where Roscoe "Fang" Bigger rapturously pounds the daylights out of David Leary, a timid kid with thick glasses and a face of weary resignation. "In a world of the hunters and the hunted," the grown-up Leary narrates, "I was always in season.
July 20, 1995 |
Top 10 signs Hugh Grant has suffered enough: 10. Last night's introduction on "The Late Show with David Letterman" - "The final stop of the Hugh Grant Apology Tour" - got huge applause . . . but for the "Hugh" part, or the "final" part? 9. "If he apologizes just two more times, he'll beat the record I set apologizing for the Academy Awards," Dave said. 8. Hugh failed to share hearty laugh over Paul Shaffer's introductory tune, "Blowing in the Wind. " 7. Didn't get to plug his movie until after commercial break.