Ann Sample

Ally McBeal's Baby Cha Cha: Digital Birth

After conquering the Net, unstoppable Baby Cha Cha is dancing over to a new realm — TV land. It all came about when Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley tapped the surreal online infant for an episode in which the lawyer, played by Calista Flockhart, obsesses over her biological clock. It was the perfect manifestation of Ally’s anxieties about a mateless, childless future.

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‘Zine developers are finally recognizing an untapped and demographically desirable audience — teenage girls. Glossy (, for one, targets young women but glosses over such serious topics as date rape and peer pressure in favor of mindless ”boytalk,” models’ bios, fashion tips, and gimmicky ways to enlarge breasts without surgery. Glossy could do with a few book reviews and some current-events coverage to balance the froth. C-

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