Seven years before the world met Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha, there were four other women talking frankly about sex and relationships each week on TV. Sisters, which ran on NBC from 1991 to ‘96, chronicled the lives of the Reeds: Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), Teddy (Sela Ward), Georgie (Patricia Kalember), and Frankie (Julianne Phillips).
Movies as bad as Sisters always go straight to video, and this 89-minute film, optimistically billed as “a kaleidoscope of erotic fantasies, of failed loves and lost innocence,” is among the worst of the worst. But Sisters, which stars Peter Berg (Chicago Hope) and Jeff Conaway (a.k.a. Bobby, the feathered-hair guy from Taxi), has one thing that distinguishes it: the poetry of Charlie Sheen, who narrates ditties throughout. Sample couplet:
Did one depart with no remorse, menstrual mood, unsigned divorce?
Come fall, most shows will wake up from rerun coma. A few, however, will have slipped into the great beyond (sometimes known as syndication heaven). Picket Fences has already taken a bow; three more will follow in the next few weeks.
”I’m one of the ones that doesn’t whine — I say, ‘Get on with it, get on with it! Stop complaining!”’ Patricia Kalember is talking about her thirtysomething character, the no-nonsense Susannah Hart (widow of Gary Shepherd), but it’s not a bad self-description either: This season, the 34-year-old actress shuttled between homes in New York and L.A. and jobs on two series (her newest, Sisters, airs Saturdays at 10 on NBC), with her husband, British actor-director Daniel Gerroll, and their kids, Rebecca, 5, and Benjamin, 2, in tow.
Wondering what got NBC’s new prime-time drama Sisters into so much hot water with the network programmers? The show’s May 11 premier episode was supposed to open with a steam-room scene in which three siblings discussed multiple orgasms. But NBC, citing advertiser concerns, snipped the dialogue from the final cut. Herewith, the steamy girl talk viewers never heard:
Frankie (Julianne Phillips): Georgie, you look great.
Georgie (Patricia Kalember): For my age.
At the start of Sisters, siblings Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), Frankie (Julianne Phillips), and Georgie (thirtysomething’s Patricia Kalember) sprawl languorously in a health-club steam room, pulling at their bath towels and asking each other sisterly things like, you know, how many orgasms they’ve ever had at one time.
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