1994, TV Show


I was a fan of Reunion, and ...

Question: I was a fan of Reunion, and while it upsets me that it has been canceled, my question is more of a general one. Why does Fox keep mishandling shows in an attempt to win the Thursday 9 pm/ET time slot? I realize that viewers on Thursday are valuable, but you'd think that after canceling every show that's been in the slot for the last three years, they'd realize that they simply don't stand a chance. It just seems like the best thing they could do is to put a quality show in the slot and let it gain steam over a couple of years. A quality show should have self-contained stories, so people can tune in every once in a while and enjoy it enough to stick around (the way Without a Trace won against ER). Reunion, though I enjoyed it, was the absolute worst choice because it required a commitment from the start, and on Thursday at 9 pm, it was never going to get one. Answer: Excellent observation. Even if the show had lived up to its very cool premise (which I would argue it didn't ... read more

ER First, I must say I thought...

ERFirst, I must say I thought it was cool that Gallant and Neela got married by Jerry via his Universal Life Church minister's license. My brother Mike, inspired by Joey Tribbiani, got a minister's license off the Internet and married my brother Steve and his wife Vicki. I sang at the wedding, but it wasn't "Copa Cabana," it was Andy Gibb's "I Just Want to Be Your Everything." Totally true — one of the best weddings ever. Seeing Kerry Weaver drunkenly apologize to Morris and commend him for a job well done was hilarious — especially her waking him up ("Morris!!"). Speaking of playing nice, I'm glad Clemente and Luka finally did so. I liked Clemente's subtle way of saying he withdrew his name from consideration for the new chief. But I'll tell you what I liked read more


King of Queens' Carrie (Leah Remini) has landed her most high-profile real-estate client yet: Kirstie Alley. As reported in today's fresh Ask Ausiello, the former Fat Actress — playing what's left of herself — will hire Carrie to help her find a loft in Soho. The episode is slated to air in January. Also in today's AA: Scoop on Veronica Mars, Lost, Surface, Joey, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, Prison Break, House, Battlestar Galactica, ER, Las Vegas and much, much more! read more

Isn't Noah Wyle supposed to ...

Question: Isn't Noah Wyle supposed to do four episodes of ER this year? When is he coming back?

Answer: Although nothing's official, look for Dr. Carter to reappear (far, far, far away from County General) in January or February. Speaking of ER, I hear producers are looking for an African-American actress in her fifties (not a typo) to play a no-nonsense ICU doc who butts heads with John Leguizamo's Clemente. (Note to ER's casting director: This role has Anna Maria Horsford written all over it. Trust me.)

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All right, secret confession time:...

All right, secret confession time: The Poseidon Adventure is one of my favorite cheesy movies of all time. But this version was a little bit disappointing. Sure, watching Steve Guttenberg trying to be all serious was inadvertently humorous, but they missed the campy factor from the get-go. Instead of an implausible tidal wave that wasn't seen on radar and could flip an entire ship, they went with a terrorist plot. Plus, without the presence of the remarkable Shelley Winters or the cool Gene Hackman, this remake just doesn't hold water. Oh, and poor C. Thomas Howell: He barely made it out of this alive, had a gnarly broken arm and he played a pedophile on ER earlier this month. Can he not get some better gigs?... While I do love Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and think the little kid from this week may have been the cutest thing to ever don a Boston Red Sox hat, I think I have finally become immune to the read more

ER First things first. Why all...

ERFirst things first. Why all the hype about John Stamos? He was hardly featured this week or last and that's it — it was a two-week appearance. All those "Very Special Episode"-type promos that said "John Stamos joins ER…. " for what? Like Bette Midler brilliantly sings in her new Peggy Lee tribute CD: "Is That All There Is?" OK, I said it. Besides that let down (cue Debbie Downer noise), I quite enjoyed tonight's overly hyped "crash episode." This week certainly was a busy one for plane crashes, what with Wednesday night's Lost tailies flashback episode and now this. I knew from the promos that one of tonight's victims would be tennis star Serena Williams (she was pretty darned good), but who knew Uncle Leo from Seinfeld would be another crash victim read more

Anything new coming up with ...

Question: Anything new coming up with ER that we should know about?

Answer: James Woods is going to be guest-starring this February as a man from Abby's past who's now suffering from ALS. There's more on that in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, on sale Thursday.

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ER OK — how many of you felt very...

EROK — how many of you felt very old during that opening scene? C. Thomas Howell has not aged well. Ponyboy has grey hair! After I got over that initial shock, I quickly became disturbed because Ponyboy was playing a psychopath rapist. And not just any old rapist — this one kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old girl. Oh, Ponyboy. Then who comes to the rescue as a paramedic? None other than John Stamos. Now there's someone who has aged extremely well and John is three years older than Thomas. I'm assuming John will be doing more next week since this is only a two-week guest appearance because he gave us next to nothing tonight. I mean, anybody could've played that paramedic who ended up trying to get a date out of Neela. Speaking of Neela, I love how they are making Parminder read more

This show never ceases to amaze...

This show never ceases to amaze me with its intensity, yet it's always able to make me laugh. Like tonight, I was so rooting for Danny Glover's character, Charles, and I wanted Pratt to finally forgive him. Especially after Pratt read the old letters his estranged father sent to his mother. But Pratt did have a valid point when he asked Charles why he hadn't tried to track him down after his mom died. Mekhi Phifer does such a phenomenal job, especially opposite Glover. (Phifer, by the way, gets to show off his funny side with his recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm.) As for tonight's laughs, Parminder Nagra gets funnier every week as Neela. Hearing her tell Ray that his girlfriend not only had an STD but was also only 14 just killed me. "She was born in 1990 — as in the decade immediately preceding the one we're in." Love her. Also loving John Leguizamo. Clemente wheeling "robot doctor" Dubenko into the next room was great. Getting back t read more


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The Eye Network resoundingly won Thursday, the first night of the November sweeps ratings period, as Survivor: Guatemala's 18.5 million torch carriers beat out NBC's Joey and Will & Grace (netting about 8 mil each) and Fox's The O.C. (6.6 mil). At 9 pm, CSI's 28.5 million loyalists had an easy victory over runner-up The Apprentice (albeit with a season-best 11 mil), while at 10 o'clock Without a Trace's 20.3 million viewers bested ER (14.3 mil), though the two were almost neck-in-neck in key demos. And ABC, you ask? Its airing of Pirates of the Caribbean didn't capture much booty, averaging just 8.4 million for the night. read more

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Premiered: September 19, 1994, on NBC
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