The Hallmark Channel's Where There's a Will (premiering Saturday, May 6 at 9 pm/ET) presents Happy Days star Marion Ross as Leslie "Clyde" Onstatt, a wealthy but frail widow who signs on her long-lost grandson (Frank Whaley) as her caretaker. Little does she know, Richie is a bit of a con man, coldly eyeing Grams as his next mark. Will this tricky tale have a Happy outcome for Mrs. C? Ross spoke to TVGuide.com
Question: I'm in a bind here. I seem to remember a cartoon version of Happy Days that had Richie, the Fonz and the gang time traveling in a boat. But no one else can recall such a thing. Am I going crazy or did this cartoon really exist?
Answer: I'm tempted to tell you that you are indeed touched in the head and are well on your way to imagining other delusion-spawned shows, like, say, an animated Brady Bunch where Greg, Marsha and the kids run around with two pandas and a magical bird. The thing is, as whacked as those shows sound, Brady Kids and Fonz and the Happy Days Gang really did exist, the latter running on ABC's Saturday-morning schedule from November 1980 to September 1982.
Question: Do you have any scoop on the Dynasty reunion? I heard John James will not be participating. Do you know if that is true?
Answer: It's true. Like Heather Locklear and Diahann Carroll, he "graciously declined," per USA Today. It's a bummer, too. Had he done it, all the main Carrington players would have been present. I hear producer Henry Winkler called him multiple times, to no avail. Not sure what his excuse is, but it wouldn't surprise me if the almighty buck was involved. Either that or he's fat and wrinkly and wants to be remembered as the smoldering piece of '80s man-meat he was.
CBS has announced the premieres of four new series, bumping a current freshman hit in the process. Love Monkey, starring Ed's Tom Cavanagh and West Beverly High's Jason Priestley, will debut Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9 pm/ET, while The Jenna Elfman Show will bow Monday, Jan. 23 at 9:30 pm/ET. Arriving in March will be Julia Louis-Dreyfus' The New Adventures of Old Christine and 24 prez Dennis Haysbert's The Unit. The Elfman show effectively displaces Out of Practice, which already earned a full-season order and will return in March. In the meantime, Henry Winkler now is free to reprise his role as Arrested Develop—... er, maybe not.
The Kids are Alright: The cast of Family Ties
Question: I was talking about this with my girlfriend and could swear I read somewhere that Family Ties was originally supposed to be about the parents but ended up being about the kids when they become popular. Truth or urban legend? Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Answer: Not only is it true, Peter, it was foreshadowed by Michael Gross, who played man of the house Steven Keaton, though he probably didn't know it at the time. In 1982, while shooting an episode of the series in which Keaton kids Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) run amok when Steven and wife Elyse (Meredith Baxter Birney) are away, the actor engaged in a bit of unintentional soothsaying. "Maybe after several episodes, Meredith and I will die, and then the series could really take off," he joked to TV Guide. "We could be kille
Hey, Fox execs, this is what you were waiting for: I am one of those silly fools who, for no logical reason whatsoever, never watched this show until about a month ago, when I FauxVo'd a marathon of Season 2 episodes. I was instantly hooked and mad at myself for not having caught on sooner. Let's hope I'm not alone. And now forgive me for the gaps in my AD history knowledge.
There's a lot to take in for one little half hour, for the characters and viewers: Michael learns that Oscar's in prison while George is in Blue Man Group (two cameos in a row for these guys after last night's Emmys); Gob's got a long-lost son, who happens to be Maeby's old crush, theater-loving "Steve Holt!" from Season 1 (thanks, Netflix!); Lucille learns that going off postpartum-depression meds is harder than that "scientist" Tom Cruise thinks; Barry learns that prostitution is as good a living as being the Bluths' attorney (so long, Henry Winkler!); and Lindsey le
With Henry Winkler now starring in his own series, CBS' Out of Practice, Arrested Development's Bluth clan is in need of an attorney to fill in for Winkler's Barry. Enter another Happy Days alum. As first reported by E! Online, a rep for the Fox comedy confirms that Scott Baio taped a guest appearance over the weekend — and right now, it's for just one episode — as the family's new lawyer. You just know Al Molinaro is up next.
Question: I read that Jennifer Tilly has joined the cast of CBS' Out of Practice in the role of Henry Winkler's girlfriend, a part I think is already portrayed in the pilot by another actress. Does this mean the pilot will now be reshot because of the addition? It might not be a bad thing, considering I have yet to read one positive review about it.
Answer: I think the advance word on this show, wherever you're getting it from, is a little too harsh, though I'd agree there's plenty of room for improvement. This isn't pretending to be a groundbreaking comedy, and it's definitely outshone by CBS' other new Monday-night comedy, How I Met Your Mother, but Practice has a terrific cast and a workable premise (a family of squabbling, high-maintenance doctors) that I'm hoping will gel quickly. Anyone who's knocking it should think back to a year ago when CBS inflicted Center of the Universe and Listen Up on us. And remember, you can always go to Yes, Dear and Still Standing on Wednesdays for a
The "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doctrine is alive and well at CBS. At least that's the impression you get after spending two days in the network's company as the first of the broadcast networks presenting a fall lineup at the summer press tour.
Although No. 1 in prime time, with the hottest nights of drama (Thursday) and comedy (Monday), they're not especially cocky. They didn't produce the breakout hits of last season (that would be ABC), and they're not likely to this year, either. But who's complaining when you have Survivor, The Amazing Race, CSI and all those other Bruckheimer shows, plus Two and a Half Men, as tentpoles?
Most of CBS' new shows appear solid, and a few even feel unusually fresh for a network that loves its formulaic procedural dramas and standard-issue sit