Peter Bart

The ‘Dateline’ debacle


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


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


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


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…

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