Question: This might be weird for a TV site, but settle a sports bet for me, please. Who played in the Super Bowl that was on before the first Homicide episode? I say Dallas and Buffalo. My friend says Washington and Buffalo. Who's $100 richer? Thank you. John F., Tempe, Ariz.
Televisionary: Well, since Dallas played Buffalo in the Super Bowl twice and Washington only did it once in the early '90s, around the time NBC launched Homicide: Life on the Street, the odds are with you having an extra Franklin in your wallet, John. And since you're right, you should. Homicide debuted after the first of those Super Bowl match-ups, in January 1993.
And the critical darling started defying conventional TV wisdom right off the bat since up until then shows with a Super Bowl lead-in tended to be utter successes (The A-Team,
Latin crooner Marc Anthony and his wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, renewed their wedding vows on Saturday in San Juan. The ceremony came five months after the couple announced that they were separating.
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When The Blair Witch Project became the monster hit of 1999, Heather Donahue naturally thought she'd be able to write her own ticket in Hollywood. Alas, for a while there, the only ticket she got offered was one straight outta town!
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