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1998 Stories by Tom Carson

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  • Comfort and Joy

    published December 29, 1998

    This year's silver linings wouldn't fill a glove. But I did find modest cause to rejoice when TV Guide ranked a staunchly nonvirtuous Yule... More >>

  • Saving Private Clinton

    published December 29, 1998

    Early last week, as a dismayed and puzzled country woke up to what the judiciary committee had wrought, my own back- and-forth feelings about... More >>

  • Dead Dogs Roll Over

    published December 15, 1998

    Having raised Harry Houdini from the dead on Sunday—the equivalent to Houdini's shameless conclusion, with the scourge of spiritualism... More >>

  • NY © TV

    published December 15, 1998

    You'll have to put up with lots of dross to find the choice stuff in NYTV: By the People Who Made It, a windbag of a documentary airing on... More >>

  • Morbid Curiosity

    published December 1, 1998

    The other day, a press packet turned up for something called A Winnie-the-Pooh Thanksgiving. Take a second to figure out why this should... More >>

  • Career Move

    published December 1, 1998

    At the other end of the remake spectrum is ABC’s Fantasy Island, a brand name so blessedly content-free that it’s impossible to... More >>

  • Six Ways to Sunday

    published November 17, 1998

    When I think of how his brainchild took the pulp out of sci-fi, I do sometimes wish the late, great Gene Rodenberry had found another... More >>

  • Arf and Arf

    published November 17, 1998

    Since you can count on Paul Mazursky to love actors, it's no surprise that HBO's biopic Winchell, premiering November 21, is most... More >>

  • Ordinary Witches

    published November 3, 1998

    If I were female, watching Lifetime would inspire me only to grow a penis or hang myself. Maybe both in sequence--"That might give us an... More >>

  • Deviled Yegg

    published November 3, 1998

    Fox's Brimstone stars Peter Horton as the late Ezekiel Stone, a onetime New York police detective consigned to eternal damnation for... More >>

  • Secrets and Lies

    published October 20, 1998

    Don't mean to undercut the ads boasting "Critics Hate It," but when I watched the since yanked debut of UPN's The Secret Diary of Desmond... More >>

  • Minetta Creek

    published October 20, 1998

    If Desmond Pfeiffer is this fall's most despised new show, the WB's teen drama Felicity is its most lavishly praised. For symmetry's... More >>

  • Soap of the Earth

    published September 22, 1998

    Agog at its own empathy, self-consciously majestic, and proving that PBS does so know how to stick up for the heartland, Frontline's... More >>

  • Different Doldrums

    published August 25, 1998

    Let this column put your mind at rest. It's untrue that America's favorite 300-pound tumor--not Linda Tripp, but the one whose removal provided... More >>

  • She, Tina

    published July 21, 1998

    Did Tina Brown revolutionize slick magazines? About as much as Newt Gingrich revolutionized Congress--not profoundly, but vividly enough to get... More >>

  • Hillary on Elba

    published February 3, 1998

    Are you wearing a wire? [HRC's nervous laugh lasts quite some time.] That's just my little joke--I mean, of course you are. We know the rules. So... More >>

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