NEWS ARCHIVE

February 2003

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Fred 'Mister' Rogers Dies of Cancer at 74

[February 27, 2003] Fred Rogers, pioneer in children's television died yesterday at age 74.  Rogers was an unseen puppeteer in "The Children's Corner," a local show he launched at Pittsburgh public television station WQED in 1954.  Rogers accepted an offer to develop his own 15-minute show in Canada. He brought the show, called "Misterogers," back to Pittsburgh and in February 1968 began its public broadcasting debut.   He developed many of the puppets used in "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," including King Friday XIII, Daniel Striped Tiger and Curious X the Owl on the live, unscripted "The Children's Corner" show.   The show examined the tribulations of childhood, including anger, fear, even a visit to the dentist.

Rogers was born in Latrobe Pennsylvania. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1962 with a charge to continue his work with children and families through television.  He studied early childhood development at the University of Pittsburgh's graduate school and consulted  at the university.   The final new episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which was taped in December 2000, aired in August 2001, though PBS affiliates continued to air back episodes. Rogers made over 900 episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and it's the longest running program on public television.  In 1999 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.  Rogers came out of broadcasting retirement last year to record four public service announcements for the Public Broadcasting Service telling parents that children might be confused by the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. 

Rogers had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, he died at his Pittsburgh home.  Rogers is survived by his wife, Joanne, a concert pianist; two sons and two grandsons.

Bewitched Movie News

[February 26, 2003] Or maybe no news...  Entertainment Weekly reports that Tom Cruise will be doing a remake of the 1942 movie "I Married a Witch,"  as Nicole Kidman is going ahead with plans to star as Samantha in a "Bewitched" film treatment, the title would be apropos.     Full Details 

VCR Alerts

[February 26, 2003] You may have noticed the rough draft of the April TV Land schedule was posted yesterday. There's nothing shocking in it, however you may want to start taping the departing shows.  March will be the last month for "The Munsters," "Archie Bunker's Place," and "The Love Boat."   Pavan also sent me the March schedule for  "Archie Bunker's Place" (I had forgotten to update it last month),  you still have a chance to record or watch every episode they have aired.  In April, "Gidget," "The Flying Nun," and "Hazel" get regular spots on the schedule.

New in the Mall

[February 25, 2003] Paramount Home Entertainment will release the first seasons of both "Cheers" and "Frasier" on DVD on May 20th. Both 4-disc sets,  include featurettes, as well as extras  like audio commentary on the pilot episode of  "Frasier" from producers Peter Casey and David Lee.   You can pre-order "Cheers" here, and "Frasier" here.

Passings

Actor Robert Ivers in 1960

[February 24, 2003] Robert Ivers, actor best known for co-starring in the move “G.I. Blues” with Elvis Presley died February 13. Ivers also appeared in movies like “Short Cut to Hell” and “The Errand Boy” and on TV shows like “The Untouchables” and “Gunsmoke.”  Retired from acting in 1965 to work as a newscaster, spending the last 30 years in Yakima, Washington,  Ivers died of esophageal cancer in Yakima Washington at age 68.

Singer Johnny Paycheck

Johnny Paycheck (real name Donald Lytle) - Country singer, guitarist and songwriter died February 19.  Best known for his hits “She’s All I Got” from 1971 and "Take This Job and Shove It" from 1977, Lytle spent two years in prison from 1989 to 1991 for shooting a man in the head during bar fight, Lytle died in a Nashville nursing home after suffering severe asthma and emphysema for several years. He was 64.

Peter Schrum in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day."

Peter Schrum - Actor best-known for portraying Santa Clause in the Coca-Cola commercials for 17 years, died February 17.  Schrum appeared in films like “The Hulk”, “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and on TV as Uncle Ed on "Gimme a Break," guest starring in shows like “Quantum Leap”, “Night Court” and “The Jeffersons.”  Schrum died of a heart attack  in Prescott, AZ at age 69.

Henry Peter Tewksbury, managed the cheese department at the Brattleboro Food Co-op died of undisclosed causes. He was 79.  But wait, where's the classic TV?  Well, first lets drop the "Henry," and then go back 30 years.  Peter Tewksbury was one of the best known directors in television history.  In 1954 Tewksbury was called upon  to direct the memorable series "Father Knows Best" starring Robert Young when it moved from radio to television. Tewksbury won an Emmy in 1958 for his efforts on the show.    In 1955, Tewksbury produced and directed episodes of Jackie Cooper's series "The People's Choice," and in 1960 he created, produced and directed "My Three Sons" with Fred MacMurray . Tewksbury's task was hampered by MacMurray's refusal to work more than 13 weeks a year. Tewksbury shot all of the star's scenes in those few weeks, and then putting together the season's 39 shows in the editing room. His efforts made money and got him carte blanche from the network to do what he really wanted.

Tewksbury created "It's a Man's World," an hourlong, prime-time series that focused on two orphaned brothers, a wealthy Chicago youth and a folk-singing drifter who shared a houseboat on the Ohio River near a small college town. The four boys struggled with such issues as feminism, premarital sex, loss and the chasm between adolescents and adults. The writing was complex, endings could be bittersweet, and characters disparaged corporate America and social conventions.  Critics and fans applauded the program, but the show offended mass-market sponsors who turned away in droves, and low Nielsen ratings didn't help. The series was canceled after 19 episodes, and not even thousands of protest letters could bring it back.  Tewksbury left Hollywood and never looked back.  For the past eight years, Tewksbury had managed the cheese department at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. His book, The Cheeses of Vermont: A Gourmet Guide to Vermont's Artisanal Cheesemakers, was published last year.  Related links:  Obit from Brattleboro Reformer  Brattleboro Food Co-op  My Three Sons Resources  

Trek Uncut

[February 24, 2003] For the first time on either broadcast or basic cable television, episodes of the popular series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"   will telecast uncut on TNN. Trek Uncut, featuring back-to-back themed "Next Gen" episodes, will be presented every Friday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) during March.

The weekly two-hour programming event will be presented full-screen with no black bar and limited commercial interruptions. "Presenting 'Next Gen' episodes uncut is a television first," said Kevin Kay, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production for The New TNN. "We've been listening to our Trek viewers and are giving them this special opportunity to view their favorite episodes." Additionally, TNN continues to boldly go where no network has gone before with "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episodes airing consecutively from the beginning of the syndicated series.

Starting Monday, March 3 (Monday-Thursday 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT and Friday 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) the network will telecast "Next Gen" episodes consecutively from the beginning of season one (September 1987) though the end of season seven (May 1994). The New TNN is the home of the "Star Trek" franchise. In addition to "Star Trek: The Next Generation", the network has the rights to two additional spin-off series and five STAR TREK movies. The network will premiere "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" beginning in Fall 2004 and "Star Trek: Voyager" in late 2006.

TV Land Awards Announced Attendees

[February 21, 2003] Stop asking!  Here's who attending The TV Land Awards:   
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Rose Marie, Larry Mathews , Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers, Martin Short, William Shatner, James Doohan, Diahann Carroll, Dick Clark, the cast of “American Dreams” , ALF, Conrad Bain, Kathy Bates, Barbara Billingsley, Todd Bridges, Nick Carter, Gary Coleman, Ted Danson, David Hasselhoff, Sherman Hemsley, Davy Jones, Shirley Jones, Gabe Kaplan, Peggy Lipton, Maureen McCormick, Reba McEntire, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Mason Reese, Rodney Allen Rippy, Doris Roberts, Isabel Sanford, Bruce Vilanch, Henry Winkler, Ray Charles, Stephanie Powers, Bea Arthur, David Cassidy, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Bernie Kopell, Don Knotts, Cheryl Ladd, Ted Lange, Lee Majors, Penny Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Cindy Williams, Richard Hatch, Christopher Knight, Jerry Mathers, Susan Olsen, Betty White, Barry Williams, Alan Young, and more(?).

As you should already know, John Ritter will host TV LAND’s first-ever awards show, recognizing the best and brightest stars, shows, and stories from television's rich history. TV LAND, together with some of the most beloved celebrities of modern and classic TV, will honor the legends, the innovators, and the unsung heroes of television's past. You are invited to join the fun and excitement the famous Hollywood Palladium on Sunday, March 2  (airing Wednesday, March 12)

As the stars arrive for the TV LAND AWARDS. Martin Mull will be hosting the star arrival festivities along with Kathy Najimi (Suddenly Susan, King of the Hill, etc...) and Keisha Knight-Pullum (The Cosby Show).  See Related

Robert Blake Again

[February 20, 2003] Actor Robert Blake spoke to Barbara Walters from the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, February 17,  where he is being held without bail on charges of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. The former “Baretta” star, who has maintained his innocence since his arrest, tells Walters that he did the interview for his three-year-old daughter, Rosie. Blake’s first and only televised interview from jail will air on “20/20,” Wednesday, February 26 10:00PM, on the ABC. 

Blake was arrested in April 2002 and faces the possibility of life in prison if he is convicted of the May 4, 2001 murder of Bakley.  Blake began seeking an interview with Walters or the network's Diane Sawyer more than a month ago despite the objections of his lawyers.  The actor reportedly wants to fix some of the damage done to his reputation since Bakley's killing and let his daughter know who he is.  Additional excerpts from the interview will be featured on the Friday, February 28 edition of “20/20.”  Related: Get "Baretta" on DVD

Oops, Missed One

[February 20, 2003] Sorry, we missed this, but there's a couple more days left of "Street Smarts" Classic TV Week.  Hopefully we'll catch this again when it re-runs:
Monday: JM J. Bullock ("Too Close for Comfort") and Sally Struthers ("All in the Family")
Tuesday: Episode #3090. Teri Garr ("Sonny and Cher'') and Amy Yasbeck  ("Wings''); MTV's "Total Request Live.''
Wednesday:  Episode #3073. Lee Meriwether ("Batman'') against Bernie Kopell ("The Love Boat'')
Thursday:  Episode #3028. Richard Moll ("Night Court'') and Angelica Bridges ("Baywatch''); fruit source of cranberry sauce.
Friday: Episode #3071. Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island'') and Dick Van Patten ("Eight Is Enough''); the name of Michael Jackson's first music group.

New John Larroquette Series in the Works

[February 20, 2003] Variety reports that John Larroquette is making a pilot for NBC called "Happy Family."  Larroquette has taken the role of Peter Bloom -- a would-be empty nester, whose grown kids move back in. 

Larroquette won two Emmys for his role of Dan Fielding in the '80's series "Night Court," and played John Hemingway on  "The John Larroquette Show" until 1996.  Recently, Larroquette was the host of "The Incurable Collector" On A&E and starred on ABC's short-lived series "Corsairs."

Passings

[February 17, 2003] Anne Burr, actress died February 1 at age 84.    Burr appeared on shows in the early days of TV like “Studio One” and “City Hospital.” Although blacklisted briefly during the McCarthy era, the actress returned to television as one of the first soap opera stars, playing Claire in "As the World Turns" from 1955 to 1959.   Best known for her roles on the Broadway stage, "Plan M," "Dark Eyes," "While the Sun Shines," "The Hasty Heart," opposite Richard Basehart, and "Detective Story," with Ralph Bellamy.  Burr moved to  radio during the 1940’s,  and was a frequent performer on radio dramas in the mid-to-late 1940s. She played many leading roles on Fletcher Markle's dramatic anthology series 'Studio One' on radio in 1947 and 1948, and in the early 1950s, she was regularly featured on daytime soap opera series such as 'When A Girl Marries'.  Burr died  in Old Lyme, Connecticut., of respiratory failure.

Joe Connelly (right) and Bob Mosher, creators of "Leave it to Beaver," and "The Munsters."

Joe Connelly, television writer and producer, died February 13  at age 85.  Connelly,  along with partner Bob Mosher, created two of the most enduring TV series of all time, “Leave It To Beaver” and “The Munsters.”   Born in New York City in 1917, Connelly had a stint in the merchant marines before landing a job at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in New York City, where he met Mosher, a fellow copywriter. Connelly and Mosher left the agency in 1942 to write for the Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy radio show. In the mid-1940s, after writing for the Frank Morgan and Phil Harris radio shows, they began a 12-year run writing for "Amos 'n' Andy," including the early 1950s TV version of the popular radio show.  Inspired by an incident Connelly witnessed while driving one of his sons to parochial school, he and Mosher wrote the original story for "The Private War of Major Benson," a 1955 movie comedy starring Charlton Heston as a hard-nosed Army major who takes command of the ROTC program at a children's academy.  Their original story earned Connelly and Mosher an Oscar nomination.  Together, they served as writer-producers on  "Tammy," "Ichabod and Me," "Calvin and the Colonel," "Blondie," "Bringing Up Buddy," "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" and "90 Bristol Court," which was actually three situation comedies airing in consecutive half-hours -- "Karen," "Harris Against the World" and "Tom, Dick and Mary." 

Connelly, who was then the father of six,  modeled The Beaver and Wally from his own children.  After the 1967 cancellation of "Pistols 'n' Petticoats," Connelly and Mosher  ended their longtime partnership. Mosher, who retired soon after, died in 1972.

Connelly continued to work, producing Elvis Presley's final movie, "Change of Habit." In the early 1970s, he suffered a near-fatal aneurysm that halted his career. Connelly died at a nursing facility in Newport Beach of complications from a stroke he suffered late last month. 

Stacy Keach Sr., character actor, director and producer, died February 13 at age 88.  Keach came to the West Coast in the early 1940s to direct at the Pasadena Playhouse and was signed by Universal Studios as an actor, director and writer. After more than four years at Universal, he went to work for RKO as a producer.  He also co-produced actors Stacy Keach and James Keach, his sons.  Keach appeared in hundreds of TV shows, including a recurring role as professor Carlson on “Get Smart”,

His recent acting roles included the role of Judge Webster on the television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," which stars his daughter-in-law Jane Seymour, the wife of James Keach, and "Matlock."

Keach, who had been in failing health for the last 14 months, died of congestive heart failure.


Johnny Silver, TV actor,  died February 1 at age 84.  who appeared in dozens of shows including “Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Mannix”, “The Odd Couple”, “Matlock” and “Seinfeld”, but who is probably best known for his role as Benny Southstreet in both the Broadway and film version of “Guys & Dolls.”

1975 Cindy Williams Porn Movie Available on DVD

[February 12, 2003] Now that I've got your attention...  Well, it's not that far from the truth.  In 1975, Bruce Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in a movie for Paramount called "The First Nudie Musical."  In the film, the son of famous studio owner is forced to make a porno film to keep the bankrupt studio from being made into a shopping center. In an attempt to stay on the high ground he makes it a musical. The studio secretary is played by Cindy Williams, and she's great!  Hired to do a lesbian porn scene is "Soap's" lovely Diana Canova.  Watch closely and you'll even see Ron Howard turn up at the audition. 

Even the original poster raised some eyebrows when "The First Nudie Musical" starring Cindy Williams arrived at neighborhood movie houses.

So here's what happened:  In 1976 Paramount released this "R" rated masterpiece, and theatre owners, that were not able to pre-screen it, thought they were getting "Happy Days" with a little T&A.  When it opened, they found out they got a lot of T&A, and even "D."  The movie that opened on Wednesday, closed in most theatres on Friday.  Paramount took their name off the release, and it made the drive-in rounds.  In the 1980's  the movie was released on a poor quality video,

Now, 28 years later, the dirty little ditty is back again, this time on DVD with deleted scenes, commentary by Bruce Kimmel and Cindy Williams, and a lot more.  The movie may be rated "R," but the soundtrack is "X" and is included on a special release CD available in limited quantity to first pressing of DVDs only. 

Paramount  had arrangements with certain theatres to run the film.  In 1976  I was operating one of those theatres.  I heard hundreds of complaints as shocked theatre goers walked out in droves.  I, however, think it's a blast.  The DVD lacks some of the quality I hoped for, but the extras more than make up for it.  CLICK HERE to order for only $19.99. 

Anthony Eisley, Actor

Anthony Eisley as the lawyer, Arthur Stanwyck on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

[February 5, 2003] Anthony Eisley, who starred opposite Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens on the popular 1960's detective series "Hawaiian Eye" died January  29 in Los Angeles of heart failure, he was 78.

The Philadelphia born actor began his television career as Fred Eisley in the 1950s with roles on  "Perry Mason" and "The Real McCoys" before changing his name at the request of Warner Bros. and getting a regular gig on "Hawaiian Eye."

He later appeared on  "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as the new next-door neighbor, bachelor lawyer, Arthur Stanwyck,  as well as appearing on many popular shows of the '60s and '70s, including: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show,"  "Barnaby Jones," "Dragnet," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Emergency!,"  "Mannix" and "The F.B.I." When his acting career waned he worked as a stunt driver.  Eisley is survived by four children, David, Nan, Jonathan and Amanda, and seven grandchildren.

TV Land Announces Awards

[February 4, 2003] TV Land will bestow special tribute awards to some of television's legendary series at the  network's inaugural awards show, The TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV. The recipient shows include: "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "All In The Family," "Star Trek," "Julia" and "SCTV" 

 LEGEND AWARD: This award is presented to a television series which has stood the test of time and ranks among the most memorable and celebrated shows in TV history. TV Land will honor "The Dick Van Dyke Show"  as this year's recipient.  This legendary sitcom, which ran on CBS from 1961-1966, is often considered one of television's all-time classic comedy series.

INNOVATOR AWARD:  This award is presented to a show which took a chance with an idea which directly challenged the standard norms of the day. This year's honoree is "All in the Family."  Norman Lear's  groundbreaking comedic series changed the way television portrayed American families.

POP CULTURE AWARD:  This award is presented to a show which has crossed the line from television series to pop culture phenomenon. TV Land acknowledges "Star Trek"  as this year's victor. Launched in 1966, the legendary sci-fi series "Star Trek"  has spawned a billion dollar franchise and a loyal legion of die-hard fans, known as Trekkies.

GROUNDBREAKING ROLE AWARD:  This award is presented to an actor who changed the course of  television history with a memorable, groundbreaking character. TV Land recognizes Diahann Carroll's portrayal of "Julia"  for this year's award. In "Julia,"  Diahann Carroll broke ground as the first African-American actress to star in her own series as a professional, independent woman.

UNSUNG HERO AWARD: This award is presented to a classic series which never received the praise and fan approval it so richly deserved. TV Land recognizes "SCTV" (Second City Television) as this year's recipient. One of television's most hilarious sketch comedy series featured a Toronto-based comedy troupe who parodied television.

TV Land has also asked viewers to log-on to tvland.com and vote for a variety of always classic, often campy categories including 'Best TV Doctor' and 'Nosiest Neighbor' with the winners to be announced and presented at the show. The voting is taking place on tvland.com, and ends March 1. To date, hundreds of  thousands of votes have been cast and the traffic to tvland.com has nearly doubled since the voting began. While most of the winners will be announced during the telecast, many will be announced exclusively at tvland.com during the live, interactive show  companion.  The TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV premieres on TV Land and simulcast on Nick at Nite on Wednesday, March 12 (9:00-11:00PM. The show has moved from the previously announced date of Sunday, March 9.)

Cable Networks Raise License Fees

[February 4, 2003] Today's Variety reports that the major cable networks have raised the fees they charge your local cable company, by as much as 20%.  The cable networks are paying more for the shows they air and with so many cable channels, advertising rates have not increased proportionately.  ESPN has almost doubled their fee over the past few years, and TNT charges local cable companies as much as $2.00 per subscriber to carry their network.

So what's this mean to you?  Although it's a given that your cable bill will increase, cable companies have been taking a lot of heat over these increases and are now considering pulling the plug on the less popular channels.  Don't freak out just yet.  Our favorites, TV Land, Nick, even TNN are considered powerhouse networks and won't be going anywhere.  However, for those of us that don't get channels like TrioTV and GoodTV, shouldn't expect to see added to the line-up.  Hmm...  Too bad we can't trade out the 24 hour Golf Channel and C-Span for something better.

New Michael J. Fox Series on ABC

[February 4, 2003] ABC has  picked up the pilot "Hench at Home," which Michael J. Fox the ex-"Spin City" star wrote and will executive produce.  Fox, who recently penned the bestselling memoir "Lucky Man," conceived "Hench" as a semi-autobiographical take on a pro hockey player who spends more time with his family after he is forced to retire.

If "Hench at Home" gets a series order, it will be produced in New York, where Fox lives with his family. Fox left "Spin City" in 2000 after announcing that he had Parkinson's disease.

 Lana Clarkson

[February 4, 2003] Lana Clarkson, actress was found shot to death on February 3 at the home of record producer Phil Spector in Alhambra, CA., she was 41 years old. Clarkson,  who guest starred on such shows as "Three's Company,"  "Knight Rider," "Who's the Boss" and "Night Court",  was also a sexy star of 80's B-movies "Barbarian Queen", "Barbarian Queen II" and "Vice Girls",  also made appearances in better known films like "Blind Date", "Scarface" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."  

Phil Spector
Record Producer

Phil Spector, 62, was taken into custody early yesterday at his suburban Los Angeles mansion after someone in the home called police and reported shots fired.  The music mogul is free on $1 million bond after police arrested him on investigation of murder. He is being represented by former O.J. Simpson "Dream Team" attorney Robert Shapiro.

Related Links:  Lana Clarkson Official Web Site  Related News Stories from Yahoo

 Rosalyn (Teensy) Borden

[February 4, 2003] Rosalyn Borden who was one-half of the acting Borden twins with her sister Marilyn died January 23 in Modesto, CA of liver disease at age 70.  Rosalyn who started acting at age 3, but is best known for an appearance on a classic “I Love Lucy” called “Tennessee Bound” where she played "Teensy," the  jilted daughter of the sheriff.  In the episode, guest star Tennessee Ernie Ford tells Teensy and Weensy that Ricky will take them to Hollywood, and they audition with a rousing performance of "Ricochet Romance."   In 1975 they appeared on "Maude" in the episode "Telethon," and in 1976 Rosalyn appeared on "Rhoda" in the episode "An Elephant Never Forgets."  Despite making a lasting impression in every appearance, most were uncredited.  In recent years the twins have appeared at various "Lucy" events and conventions.  Ricochet RomanceListen

 Miscellany

[February 1, 2003] TV Land Ratings:  Complain all you want, TV Land announced their ratings for January 2003, and they are up again.  The network finished the month with a +33% ratings increase in its target Adults 25-54 audience and a +34% gain among total viewers in total day over January 2002.

The Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Valentine,  will air Saturday, February 15 (8:00-8:30 pm ET), on the ABC Television Network.  This is not one on the best Valentine specials, it is in fact, a collection of Charles M. Schulz’s earlier strips, and was produced in 2002.  Valentines Days has been a popular subject for the Peanuts characters because it helps drive their line of greeting cards.  Previous specials have included:  You're In Love, Charlie Brown (1967) There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975) It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977) Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown (1981). 

The cast members of Absolutely Fabulous reunite for a new AB FAB in New York special premiering on  Comedy Central,  Saturday, February 8th, at 8:00PM.  The hour-long special finds Patsy heading across  the Atlantic for a trip to Fashion Week, while  Edina searches the city for her long-lost son, Serge. Rufus Wainwright, Graham Norton, Debbie Harry,  Danny Burstein, Josh Hamilton, and Whoopi Goldberg  all guest star in the special.

An all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series premieres next Saturday, February 8th, on FOX. The serialized show promises to remain true to TMNT's  comic book origins, with a progressive storyline that  continues from episode to episode.

NBC will premiere its new ongoing Hunter series on Saturday, April 12th. The series will debut with the two-hour movie Hunter: Back in Force, and continue with 5 hour-long episodes  in the following  weeks.

Nick at Nite Schedule Change:  For two weeks starting Monday, late night viewers will get a special treat with a 3:30AM showing of "Perfect Strangers," and a 4:00AM "Head of the Class."  "Charles in Charles," and two episodes of "Family Ties" will follow.

 

 
 

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