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    The Adventures of Mark & Brian

    The Adventures of Mark & Brian

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    Chronicling the adventures of the titular duo, Mark and Brian were top-rated Los Angeles morning radio DJ's who week to week would try to accomplish some sort of fun and/or funny dream of theirs. Whether it be going weightless in the "Vomit Comit" that the astronauts use to train, becoming firefighters, coaching high school football or performing with The Temptaions the duo would infuse the show with the same sort of gently irreverent humor which defined their radio show. "The Adventures of Mark and Brian" ran as part of NBC's Sunday night lineup with "Eerie, Indiana" in the fall of 1991. It lasted half a season with some of the original shows never aired.moreless
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    The Guys Next Door

    The Guys Next Door

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    NBC (ended 1991)
    The Guys Next Door was a band that also hosted a sketch comedy show aimed at a teen audience.

    The show marked a departure from conventional wisdom about Saturday Morning TV. NBC had made a commitment to shy away from cartoon programming and introduce an entire live-action line-up on Sat. mornings. When ABC, won the much sought after contract with the band The New Kids on the Block, NBC created The Guys Next Door as a response. NKOTB was committed to an animated show to be aired Sat. mornings. NBC gambled that a live action show featuring a likable, clean-cut boy band would be able to compete.

    The band released one album, and NBC only aired 13 episodes of sketch show.moreless
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    Sweet Justice

    Sweet Justice

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    NBC (ended 1995)
    Welcome to the Sweet Justice guide at TV.com. A young lawyer goes to work for a civil rights activist, much to the disapproval of her father.
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    Carol & Company

    Carol & Company

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    NBC (ended 1991)
    In this short-lived attempt to revive Carol Burnett's TV career in the early '90s, the approach was a little different from earlier series. This time Burnett would take on a different persona each week, and each installment resembled a sitcom episode. As always, the "company" of background performers appeared as different characters each week, with special guests dropping in from time to time. Some episodes featured Jeremy Piven as a member of the company, who was later replaced with Peter Krause. Meagen Fay and Richard Kind went on to appear in Burnett's next series, "The Carol Burnett Show" (1991).moreless
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    WWE Tribute to the Troops

    WWE Tribute to the Troops

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    NBC (Holiday Event 1992)
    World Wrestling Entertainment® will honor the United States Armed Forces with NBC in its third holiday special. The top WWE Superstars and Divas will travel to Fort Hood, Texas to entertain the 350,000 military personnel, family members, and civilians that make up the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services.moreless
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    Ford Ironman World Championship

    Ford Ironman World Championship

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    NBC
    The top long-distance triathletes compete at the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, every year for the opportunity to become crowned as the best Ironman-distance athletes in the world. The event was started in 1977 by Judy and John Collins after a discussion with other endurance athletes to determine who is more fit -- open water swimmers, cyclists or runners. The race would combine all three disciplines into a single competition. Three existing races -- the2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the 112-mile Around-O'ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon -- were combined to create the first Ironman race on Feb. 18, 1978. Fifteen people showed up in Waikiki, receiving simple instructions on a few sheets of paper. The last page read, "Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!" In 1981, the race was moved to Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The low-key race gained worldwide prominence after the 1982 race was televised on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Viewers watched as Julie Moss succumbed to the demands of the race and lost her lead. Her struggle to continue on toward the finish line inspired others to travel to Kona and compete. As the Ironman brand grew to encompass an entire triathlon race series, the Kona race was established as the world championship. The race attracts the top Ironman triathletes from around the world. It also brings in numerous amateur (age-group) competitors who train hard to qualify for the race with other race results. Qualifying for Kona is similar to the prestige of a marathoner qualifying for the Boston Marathon. The field in recent years now numbers almost 1,800 participants, pro and age group. The race is broadcast live on the official Ironman website while the edited highlight program is broadcast on NBC later in the year.moreless
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    House Rules (1998)

    House Rules (1998)

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    NBC (ended 1998)
    "A buddy comedy about three Gen Xers who share a house in Denver: Friends meets Three's Company. The series chronicles the adventures of three lifelong, ski-loving friends: Casey, a deputy district attorney; McCusky, a medical student; and Riley, a reporter. We were meant to find them charmingly irresponsible and free-spirited. We did not. In contrast to the similarly themed triangle comedy Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, this made delayed adolescence seem, well, childish. "The unique friendship shared by a trio of childhood chums and roommates from Denver is the focus of this half-hour comedy. Through romances, job problems and the trials and tribulations of daily life, a woman and her two male roommates give modern romance a decidedly comic spin. "'House Rules is about two men and a woman in their mid-twenties who, after 20 years of growing up together, going to school together, living together and sharing nearly every experience of their lives, are so completely suited to each other that any outside romantic involvement is probably doomed to failure,' says executive producer Christopher Thompson. 'Each episode threatens the status quo and comically tests this romantically confusing relationship.' "Jobs and romances may come and go for attorney Casey Farrell, medical student William McCusky and reporter Thomas Riley III, who are all trying to find their niche in adulthood. But while their unusually tight friendship may keep them from establishing any meaningful relationships outside their own circle, it keeps the pals laughing to know they have each other to fall back on." (NBC) In one of those strange coincidences that dog television seasons, two virtually identical two-guys-and-a-girl sitcoms appeared simultaneously: House Rules and ABC's Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. In the latter the emotional entanglement of the trio makes a sort of sense because they are college age and do not actually live together; here the supposedly adult trio's sharing a house seems vaguely unsavory and their arrested adolescence simply childish.moreless
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    Something Wilder

    Something Wilder

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    NBC (ended 1995)
    In this sweet-natured family comedy, Gene Wilder stars as the father of 4-year-old twin sons at the stage in his life when most consider retirement. The series ran into problems during pre-production when the role of Wilder's wife was recast at the last minute.moreless
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    Union Square

    Union Square

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    NBC (ended 1998)
    A New York City diner was the focus of this short-lived sitcom.
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    Here and Now

    Here and Now

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    Short after leaving "The Cosby Show," Malcolm-Jamal Warner starred in this short-lived sitcom about the head of a community center.
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    Conrad Bloom

    Conrad Bloom

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    NBC (ended 1998)
    Conrad Bloom is a comedy from the producers of "Caroline in the City". Conrad Bloom (Mark Feuerstein) is a single New York advertising executive looking for a truely meaningful relationship while pursuing his career. With the helpful advice of his family and friends, he tries to stay sane and remember that there is someone special for him out there.

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    Christmas in Rockefeller Center

    Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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    NBC (Holiday Event 1998)
    NBC captures the annual lighting of the legendary Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York City in this holiday telecast. Every year a new set of stars perform to ring in the holiday season.moreless
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    Yo Yogi!

    Yo Yogi!

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    Teen Yogi is the 90's incarnation of Jellystone's favorite bear.

    Joining the parade of brand new cartoons starring teenage versions of celebrity toons (Flintstone Kids and Tom and Jerry Kids, to name a few), Hanna-Barbera debuted Yo, Yogi! in 1991. The series starred none other than Jellystone Park's pride and joy, Yogi Bear, making his first new appearance on network television in twelve years.

    In this latest incarnation, the former thorn in Ranger Smith's side appeared as a crime-fighting teenager, along with his faithful sidekick Boo Boo. They spent most of their time solving mysteries and hanging out at Jellystone Mall. Yo, Yogi! also saw the return of many other characters from the Hanna-Barbera stable (also in teenage versions), including Cindy Bear, Dastardly and Muttley, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound.

    Yo, Yogi! also featured a new segment never seen in a Yogi Bear cartoon before: Yogi in 3D! Perhaps due to less-than-stellar ratings, the series began airing a short 3D segment during each episode. Viewers had to send away for a special pair of 3D glasses through an offer from Rice Krispies cereal.

    Yogi may have jumped off the screen, but the ratings were still flat, resulting in the show's cancellation a few months later. The series appeared in syndication the following fall as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, but that was the last the world would see of this jolly, rappin' teen bear. The adult Yogi returned in 1999 for the TV special Ranger Smith, directed by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.moreless
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    Minor Adjustments

    Minor Adjustments

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    NBC (ended 1996)
    Multi-Emmy award winners Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas ("The Golden Girls," "Empty Nest," "The John Larroquette Show") and Ken Estin ("Cheers," "Taxi") are the executive producers of this comedy series starring stand-up comic Rondell Sheridan as a child psychologist who, being a child at heart, has a special gift for talking with children. Successful therapist Dr. Ron Aimes is discovering that being a good husband and father is a lot harder than being a good psychologist. His wife, Rachel (Wendy Raquel Robinson) is the voice of reason and 'straight man' to her husband when it comes to keeping the Aimes family together as she also keeps a close eye on her precocious four-year-old daughter Emma (Camille Winbush) and clever ten-year old Trevor (Bobby E. McAdams II). Keeping life interesting at the office for Dr. Aimes are medical partners Dr. Bruce Hampton (Mitchell Whitfield), seemingly more concerned with his dating life than his dental patients, the edgy and angry Dr. Francine Bailey (Linda Kash), a pediatrican who is recently divorced and fully enjoying her bitter outlook on life, and challenging everyone's patience as the spacey medical group receptionist is Darby Gladstone (Sara Rue), Dr. Hampton's niece. "Minor Adjustments" is a Witt/Thomas Production in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producers are Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas ("The Golden Girls," "Empty Nest," "The John Larroquette Show") and Ken Estin ("Cheers," "Taxi"). (UPN Press Release)moreless
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    Switched at Birth (1991)

    Switched at Birth (1991)

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    NBC (Mini-Series 1991)
    This mini-series is about two girls separated from birth. When one of the girls falls ill, her parents are told that tests confirm that the child they had been raising was not theirs. After she dies, the mother sets on a journey to find her real daughter.moreless
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    Singer & Sons

    Singer & Sons

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    NBC (ended 1990)
    This sitcom centred on a New York City delicatessen which had been in the Singer family for 90 years. The current owner, Nathan Singer, is worried he might have to sell or close the business. Then his black housekeeper, Sarah Patterson, offers to have her sons run the place. The result is Singer & Sons, a Jewish delicatessen run by two black men. Only four episodes of this summer replacement series were produced.moreless
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    Scrabble

    Scrabble

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    A six-letter word; it's where you go to read all about your favorite TV shows, including Scrabble. The age-old crossword game that everybody loved to play, but never quite like this, came to television in 1984 for a moderately successful six-year run. Here, contestants used punny and double-entendre clues to fill in words on a gameboard resembling the famous Scrabble game. The format for Scrabble (the TV series) was tweaked several times, but one format lasted longer than others, described below: Crossword Round Two Crossword Rounds were played per show, with two contestants competing at a time. The first game had the returning champion played a challenger, while two new contestants played in the second game. In each Crossword Round, a letter "to build on" is placed in the center "starred" space to begin the game, and host Woolery reads a clue, with the number of letters (five to nine) in the word. Example: A nine-letter word - Drunks hate to see pink ones; bargain shoppers hate white ones. Answer: ELEPHANTS.) A pool of tiles, each representing all the letters in the puzzle plus three stoppers (letters NOT in the puzzle) are placed in the rack between the players. The player chosen to go first draws two tiles from the rack and places them in an electronic reader. The player chooses one and, if the letter was in the word, it was placed in the proper spot (following effects denoting its "search" for the correct position). The player could guess the word or place the other tile in the reader; if he/she still could not guess, then they were allowed to draw two more tiles and play continued. That is, unless he/she chose one of the stoppers, which then passed control to the opponent. If all three stoppers are revealed before the word is guessed, a Speedword format is used, where each of the blanks (save for the last one) are filled in at the rate of one every half-second. The Speedword was also played if time was running short. At least one of the tiles in each word were colored (blue or pink), which provided bonuses for providing a correct answer immediately after filling it in. Those bonuses were $500 for the blue space and $1,000 for a pink space. A player also won the bonuses if he/she buzzed in and guessed immediately after the colored space was filled. After each word is guessed (or sometimes not, if neither player could provide a guess after all but one of the letters were shown), a new word was played, building off a letter in the previous word. The first player to correctly guess three words won $500 and advanced to the Scrabble Sprint Round. Scrabble Sprint Round Here, the winner of the first Crossword Round met the returning champion (or second-round winner, if the champion was defeated). The challenger is timed to the tenth of a second for how long it takes him to guess four words (again, five to nine letters, with shorter ones offered first) correctly. There were no stoppers in these words, and a player could choose from two possible letters in the word. All except the last letter were filled in, and a player offered a guess by hitting the plunger in front of him/her. Penalties were assessed for incorrect guesses (10 seconds) or failing to guess (5 seconds). The champion must then beat the challenger's time, playing the same four words. For either contestant, alternate words were played if they failed to guess or were incorrect. The winner earned $1,000 and advances to the Bonus Sprint Round. Bonus Sprint Round The Bonus Sprint Round was played exactly like the Scrabble Sprint Round, except the player had a fixed 10-second limit to guess two words (one six letters, the other seven). Guessing both words correctly won a jackpot that began at $5,000 and increased by $1,000 for each day it went unclaimed. The champion returns to the next show to face a new challenger. Several other formats were utilized during the run, briefly described thusly: * In the Crossword Round, two new players played. Regular tiles for each word were worth $25, blue ones $50 and pink ones $100, with the money added to a "pot." The winner of three words wins the value of the pot and advanced to the Scrabble Sprint Round to face the returning champion. Each Scrabble Sprint Round win was worth $1,500, with five wins amending his/her winnings to $20,000. A 10th win ammended the winnings to $40,000 and retired the player undefeated. * Later, before the longest-lived format was used, the "pot" was scrapped, and players won $500 and $1,000 bonuses for placing letters on blue and pink tiles. A flat $500 was paid to the Crossword Round winner. Scrabble was known for its highly imaginative clues and its extensive use of sound effects (14, according to several sources). That may have helped draw in viewers, but not so much as the fast-paced gameplay. Scrabble fared fairly well against The Price is Right, but eventually, the show surrendered in the ratings. In 1993, Scrabble returned once again, not in encore reruns (as was the case for Classic Concentration) but in a new, cheaper format. The game rules were the same, but smaller cash awards (a $1,000 base jackpot for Scrabble Sprint Round winners, plus extra money added for guessing words on pink and blue squares) turned off many viewers. It didn't help that demographics had changed and many NBC affiliates chose not to air Scrabble, instead opting for syndicated fare such as The Jerry Springer Show. After Scrabble's successor, Caesar's Challenge was cancelled in January 1994 due to failed ratings, NBC was out of the daytime game show business entirely. Scrabble is a registered trademark now licensed to Hasbro, but the original trademark holder - Selchow-Righter - was acknowledged on each show.moreless
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    The Fifth Corner

    The Fifth Corner

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    Welcome to the The Fifth Corner guide at TV.com.
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    The Tony Danza Show (1997)

    The Tony Danza Show (1997)

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    "Tony Danza (Who's the Boss?) returns to television as a divorced sportswriter raising two teenaged daughters in this charming comedy." "Tony DiMeo (Tony Danza) misses the old days. The days when he could bang out his sports column on a noisy typewriter. The days when athletes were role models, not millionaires. The days when kids always listened to their parents. Well, two out of three. These days, Tony has an assistant, computer- whiz Carmen, to get his column e-mailed successfully to his editor. And sports - well, it seems no one cares about the game anymore. Plus, Tony's raising moody Tina (16) and hypochondriac Mickey (13) on his own since his wife took the "job of a lifetime" and moved out of state. It's a challenging life, to say the least." "More often than not, Tony's overwhelmed by all the women in his life - it's hard to be a man's man when he's surrounded by estrogen. But despite Tina's tantrums, Mickey's illnesses, and Tony's frequent technological breakdowns, the DiMeo family is never short on love. When Tony feels like it's bottom of the ninth, bases loaded and he's at bat with two strikes, he just looks at his DiMeo team in the dugout and knows everything will work out fine." (NBC press release) NBC's entertainment president at the time, Warren Littlefield, gave the series a 22 episode commitment based on Tony Danza's name alone. He then proceeded to debut it in a tough time slot with no lead-in smack in the middle of NBC's coverage of the World Series -- which would be preempting it every other week its first month on the air. Gee, and it's a mystery why it lasted as long as it did? The final 8 episodes out of that 22 were not produced. The Tony Danza Show is produced by Katie Face Productions / Kokoro Productions / NBC Studios, in association with Columbia TriStar Television. "I smile every day About something my father would say What we got Yeah, it can't be bought We got a lot And it's true what he says We got love every day We got love"moreless
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    John & Leeza from Hollywood

    John & Leeza from Hollywood

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    NBC (ended 1994)
    John & Leeza from Hollywood is a daily entertainment talk show hosted by John Tesh and Leeza Gibbons. Both had formerly worked on Entertainment Tonight and NBC made an attempt for an early version on their network. The last new program would be on December 17th, 1993 with reruns airing until January 14th, 1994. The show was retitled to Leeza! and ran until 1999.moreless
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