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Wednesday, January 29, 2003
9:30pm 2003-02-04 ALL NEW!
SERIES PREMIERE--SCOTT FOLEY STARS AS NOVICE ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY HOPING TO IMPRESS BOSS AND BEAUTIFUL CO-WORKER WHEN HE RECEIVES HIS FIRST CASE--Adam Sullivan (Scott Foley) begins his career as an Assistant U. S. Attorney, going head-to-head with former classmate and dream date Susan Rakoff (Amanda Detmer), who now works as a legal aid lawyer. Adam's roommate, Owen Harper (Eddie McClintock), complicates his case by visiting the courthouse for some inadvertent jury-tampering--much to the dismay of Adam's reluctant boss Geoffrey Laurence (Peter Jacobson). John Ross Bowie also stars; Kathryn Joosten ("The West Wing") and Phil Hendrie guest star.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
CBS joins Viacom in its company-wide HIV/AIDS initiative that begins January 6, 2003, with programming that includes series that raise awareness of the ongoing global HIV/AIDS crisis. THE DISTRICT, PRESIDIO MED and BECKER will each feature storylines that incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention messages.
Together with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health information and research, Viacom will launch the multi-year campaign that involves the creation and dissemination of awareness and prevention messages via television, radio and outdoor PSAs; television and radio programming and free online and print resources. Every Viacom division is involved in the campaign that has one mission: To use the power of the media to inform people and compel them to act to protect themselves and others and get tested for the AIDS virus.
Following are the episodes that are involved in the initiative that will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network:
Saturday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) THE DISTRICT – Temple (Sean Patrick Thomas) and Debreno (Jonathan LaPaglia) are faced with a moral dilemma when they discover that a suspected drug dealer steals drugs to help his sister with AIDS. (Rebroadcast)
Saturday, Jan. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) THE DISTRICT – Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) and Ella (Lynne Thigpen) work to complete an AIDS rally as a legacy for their good friend who is dying of AIDS.
Friday, Jan. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) PRESIDIO MED – Dr. Lanning (Blythe Danner) attempts an illegal and unorthodox new procedure – sperm washing – in order to help a healthy patient become pregnant by her HIV-infected husband and reduce her risk of infection.
Sunday, Feb. 2 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) BECKER – Becker (Ted Danson) is shocked when his 15-year-old patient tells him that he’s having unprotected sex and never thinks about using protection. Becker decides to run tests for STDs on him, but decides to withhold the results to give the patient time to think about the serious consequences of his actions.
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Richard Crenna, the Emmy award-winning character actor who starred as a lovesick teenager on "Our Miss Brooks" and Sylvester Stallone's Green Beret mentor in the "Rambo" films, has died. He was 76.
Crenna, whose credits also included "Wait Until Dark," "The Flamingo Kid," and television's "The Real McCoys," died Friday of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, daughter Seana Crenna said Saturday.
"This came very sudden," she said.
Crenna's role on the CBS drama series "Judging Amy" was recently put on hold as he battled cancer.
NBC has renewed its hit soap opera "Passions" - America's fastest-growing daytime series - for an additional year through the 2003-04 season, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.
In addition, as part of the network's drive to introduce the racially diverse soap opera to new audiences, NBC Daytime Senior Vice President Sheraton Kalouria announced that popular African-American radio personality Tom Joyner will guest-star during the week of March 3. "Tom Joyner is the ideal personality to shine a light on the fact that ‘Passions’ has the most fully developed African-American central characters of any soap." The details Joyner's involvement will be announced later.
“Passions,” which premiered in 1999, is daytime’s fastest-growing series versus year-ago results in numerous categories, including women 18-49, where the drama is up 17 percent this season vs. last (1.2 million vs. 1.0 million).
The latest on teh West Wing:
By popular acclaim, NBC has voted to renew “The West Wing” (Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET) for an additional two seasons, assuring American viewers that the Bartlet Administration will continue in the White House on the network through the 2004-05 season
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Welcome to the town of Harmony, the deceptively picturesque New England town and principal site of “Passions.” On its quaint, well-scrubbed surface, Harmony looks like an idyllic New England town, but this is no ordinary place. “Passions” explores the lives, loves and losses of four core families who reside in Harmony: the Cranes, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, the Bennetts and the Russells, each of whom have their own distinct and diverse personalities.
The wealthy Cranes, under the helm of patriarch Alistair and his bumbling, immoral son Julian, rule the town. Despite the difference in their economic status, the lives of the Cranes are constantly intertwined with the working class Lopez-Fitzgeralds, a Latino-Irish family held together by the hard-working Pilar. Not only has Pilar been the Crane family housekeeper for years, but two of her sons, Luis and Antonio, are deeply in love with the beautiful Sheridan Crane. And then, there’s her daughter Theresa, who always dreamed of becoming Mrs. Ethan Crane, but wound up accidentally married to Julian!
Of course Ethan turned out not be a Crane after all – his mother Ivy had lied to him for years, never telling him that his real father is Harmony’s chief of police Sam Bennett. Chief Bennett and his sweet amnesiac wife Grace Bennett have three children together—Noah, the scheming Kay, and Jessica. They are also the guardians of Grace’s niece, Charity, a teenage girl with powers of goodness who is deeply in love with Pilar’s youngest son, Miguel.
Sam and Grace’s best friends are Eve and TC Russell. The Russells are an African American family with a strong presence in the community—TC is the high school athletic coach and Eve is a respected physician. Their eldest daughter Whitney is an up-and-coming tennis player while younger daughter Simone struggles to come out of her sister’s shadow. Both sisters are in love with aspiring musician Chad Harris, but Chad only has eyes for Whitney.
And let’s not forget 300 year-old witch Tabitha Lenox! Tabitha is constantly causing mischief and mayhem for all of the good folks of Harmony.
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 on the Early show on CBS - Actress Blythe Danner talks about her CBS drama, PRESIDIO MED
Monday, January 13, 2003
Ahead on the ABC horizon...
"I want to tell you a story as it was told to me." So begins a remarkable journey of the soul between two generations of men -- a gift of life from the heart of the "DreamKeeper."
Old Pete Chasing Horse, otherwise known as Grandpa, is the storyteller of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Nearing a century old, Grandpa has a duty to share the legends of his people, lest the stories lose their power. One boy who could use the wisdom of the stories is 16-year-old Shane Chasing Horse, a member of the Dog Soldiers -- a Native American street gang -- and a world apart from his elders. At the request of his mother, Janine, the boy is given a chance to prove himself worthy of his heritage by delivering Grandpa to the All Nations ceremony in New Mexico. Shane agrees, but he has an ulterior motive: he owes his gang money. Getting out of town is a good bet, even if it is with an old man and a broken down '66 Ford (aka Many-Miles-With-No-Muffler).
So begins their trek across the open vistas and distant Black Hills of South Dakota. Along this peaceful terrain, and under the calm of the moon, it strikes Grandpa as the perfect time to tell his stories as they were told to him, perhaps for the last time. It's Shane's duty to listen, to remember and to keep the legends alive for the generations to follow. These are visionary stories of star-crossed lovers, of courage and escape, of patience and humility, of making peace with the past and facing unknown horizons with an open heart -- much like the earthly horizons Shane and Grandpa are facing on this journey that will change both their lives forever.
The legends of the Lakota come to life in this groundbreaking new, four-hour miniseries from Hallmark Entertainment and legendary executive-producer Robert Halmi Sr. ("Arabian Nights," "Merlin"). Like Old Pete's wise tales themselves, "DreamKeeper" makes important and illuminating storytelling for the entire family.
Sunday, January 12, 2003
Nicholas Foxworth "Fox" Crane, son of Ivy Winthrop Crane and Julian Crane. To anyone on the outside looking in, Fox would seem to have it all. The prodigal "golden boy," Nicholas is in his early twenties, his body hard and toned from years of playing soccer and tennis. He is also a powerful, potent presence among both his buddies and the ladies!
Passions Creator and Headwriter James E. Reilly previews; "Although Fox was sent to the best boarding schools, first in America, then in Europe, his sense of entitlement to have what he wanted when he wanted it, by whatever means necessary, ultimately caused trouble on two continents. Nicholas' various headmasters would describe him as spoiled, willful and arrogant, whereas his friends see him as charming, clever and at times crafty -- thus his nickname, "Fox." The ladies love Nicholas and he loves to "love" them, but he has yet to actually be in love."
PASSIONS marks Justin's television debut.
Friday, January 10, 2003
Looking forward to new shows, and old shows in new timeslots
MONDAY, January 27
8:00-9:00 pm VERITAS: THE QUEST — “Pilot”
From the creators of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and the award-wining producers of “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,” “Annie” and Miramax’s feature film “Chicago,” comes “Veritas: The Quest,” a new, action/adventure drama about a father/son archaeology team and their organization’s mission to uncover secrets and the “truth” of a hidden past. In the premiere episode, Nikko learns of his archaeologist father’s real identity, and the Veritas team takes off on a quest to uncover secrets about how civilization may have really evolved.
9:00-10:00 pm THE PRACTICE — “Down the Hatch”
New Day and Time Period Premiere
Eugene and Bobby represent a client who is suing an alcohol company for the untimely death of their son due to alcoholism, and Ellenor tries to stop the execution of a mentally ill woman (Alfre Woodard) on death row.
10:00-11:00 pm MIRACLES — “The Ferguson Syndrome”
“Miracles” stars Skeet Ulrich (“As Good As It Gets”) as Paul Callan. As an investigator of modern miracles, Paul finds the result is always the same: a mundane explanation and a crowd of disappointed believers. With his faith dwindling every day, his only belief is “we’re all alone down here.” Then something happens to change all that and Paul embarks on the most amazing journey of his life.
Super Bowl Sunday (10:15-11:15 pm aprx) a special ALIAS episode — “Double Agent”
Ethan Hawke guests. Sydney, Vaughn and Jack must determine whether CIA agent Lennox (Ethan Hawke, “Training Day,” “Gattaca,” “Dead Poets Society”) is who he says he is after his deep cover mission is compromised. Meanwhile, romantic sparks begin to fly between Francie and Will, on a special post-Super Bowl edition of “Alias.”
Wednesday, January 08, 2003
Mister Sterling comes to NBC next week!
From Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Lawrence O’Donnell (NBC’s “The West Wing”) comes this mid-season drama chronicling the daily struggles of well-intentioned young Senator William Sterling Jr. (Josh Brolin, “Hollow Man,” “The Mod Squad”) who brings a fresh perspective -- and his own agenda -- to Capitol Hill. Thrust into political office after the un-timely death of the senior Senator from California, Sterling is forced to navigate the murky world of Washington politics with only the help of his resourceful staff to guide him.
This political drama also stars three-time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald (“Carousel,” “Ragtime,” “Master Class”) as super-charged chief of staff Jackie Brock; William Russ (“Boy Meets World”) as legislative director Tommy Doyle, the principled Beltway insider; David Noroña (“Six Feet Under”) as Leon, Sterling’s resident techno-whiz, and James Whitmore (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Sterling’s father, the popular and powerful former governor of California.
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
From Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, one of television's most successful creators and architect of the long-running "Law & Order" franchise, comes this modern-day take on the classic police drama. Filmed on locations throughout Los Angeles, this updated version of "Dragnet" features two LAPD detectives investigating crimes that could only take place in Los Angeles, one of the world's most glamorous and intriguing cities.
Within this incredibly diverse landscape, these two dedicated cops are relentless when it comes to solving crime. Detective Joe Friday (Ed O'Neill) is a seasoned veteran who has seen it all. Through his voiceovers, viewers will gain insight into the crime investigation process, as well as hear the honest thoughts of a 21st century cop. Although a veteran of the beat, Friday still has the same passion and energy as his young partner, Frank Smith (Ethan Embry), who has recently been promoted to the robbery/homicide division from vice.
"Dragnet" will draw storylines from L.A.'s rich crime history, as well as today's headlines. Against the backdrop of economically and culturally diverse neighborhoods, the detectives come up against a group fo criminals who are just as diverse, from diamond thieves and Hollywood movie moguls to street gangs, copycat serial killers, international terrorists and kidnappers.
Sunday, January 05, 2003
ABC plans to try something new...
JIMMY KIMMEL - Set to debut with a special premiere on Super Bowl Sunday, January 26, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will originate from the El Capitan Entertainment Center, in Hollywood, CA. The series will feature weekly rotating co-hosts and is slotted to air live to the East Coast Monday - Friday, 12:05-1:05 a.m., immediately following "Nightline."
Thursday, January 02, 2003
Looking ahead to tomorrow night on CBS, I have to worry when I read a description like this for the show Hack, as I'm not sure our hero comes by regrets easily... at least I don't think he easily recognizes regrets.
Mike helps a gambler (Fisher Stevens) who owes money to a bookie, but comes to regret it; Marcellus requests his old partner's assistance in apprehending a suspected killer. Billy Lush. Eddie O'Daniel: David Patrick Kelly. Stacy Kumble: Michelle Monaghan. Mrs. Kumble: Hayden Saunier. Grizz: George Dzundza. Marcellus: Andre Braugher. Mike: David Morse.
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
The Pianist... not directly his story, but it may be close enough.
Roman Polanski's latest film, the Pianist, tells the story of a Polish jew who is only one of 20 survivors when the Germans decide the Ghetto residents should be concentration camp residents.
Polanski was born in Paris to a Polish Jew and a Russian immigrant on August 18th, 1933, but only spent his first three years in France. In 1936 the family moved back to Krakow, Poland. Roman was just six when Poland fell to Germany and seven when the Nazi's walled off his neighborhood, turning it into Krakow's Jewish ghetto. Before Roman's mother and father were sent to the concentration camp, Roman's father arranged for his son's escape from the ghetto with the help of some kind Catholic families.
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