Peter Bart

The ‘Dateline’ debacle

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MEMO TO: Don Ohlmeyer FROM: Peter Bart NBC’s schedule has been acquiring some real panache on your watch, Don, what with “Friends,” “ER” and the like. As a tough-minded guy who believes in getting…

Objections sustained

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And now the inevitable: The cast of the O.J. follies wants an afterlife. Marcia Clark signs with the William Morris office, Johnnie Cochran is talking with several agencies, and F. Lee Bailey’s ego…

Talk is cheap

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At the risk of sounding like William Safire, I find myself increasingly dismayed by the trashing of certain basic words in our vocabulary. The word “talk,” for example, once described two or more…

Ted turns over a new leaf

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The happiest man in New York week seemed to be Ted Turner, waving to strangers on the street, swinging jauntily through dinners and social functions with his beaming wife, Jane Fonda, at his side…

Love for sale

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Mark Gill, the debonair marketing chief of Miramax, is one of those innovative people who from time to time says the right thing at the wrong time. Witness the fact that Gill chose last week to…

Mastering Megaspeak

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The Hollywood creative community is transfixed by the new wave of megamergers. At the typical social gathering, conversation may occasionally veer to O.J. Simpson, but then the Topic of the Day takes…

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