August 16, 2013
TO HEAR Marilu Henner tell it, for her, "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" isn't so much a theatrical endeavor as it is a live-action reality-TV show. In the Charles Busch comedy that runs through Sept. 1 at the Bucks County Playhouse, Henner - whose formidable resume includes long-running stints in the sitcoms "Taxi" and "Evening Shade" (opposite Burt Reynolds), as well as a Playbill full of Broadway and national-tour gigs - plays Lee, a free spirit who decides that her best friend, Marjorie (played by four-time Oscar-nominee Marsha Mason )
November 1, 2006 |
The great TV actors are never out of work for long. They migrate from series to series. Take Scott Wolf, who has starred on Party of Five, Everwood, and now The Nine. Not a bad resume. Hard to believe that grand career arc was launched one fateful night when macho icon Burt Reynolds squeezed Wolf's head like a casaba melon. Shortly after graduating from college, Wolf drove to Los Angeles to see if he could make it in showbiz. "I had done a Frosted Flakes commercial and a McDonald's ad," he says, "and was living from check to check on the residuals.
December 4, 1996 |
Byko's birthday book Bucks state senator Robert Tomlinson votes 51; actor Jeff Bridges looks in the mirror at 47; Marisa Tomei acts 32. Chastened hubbo Tommy Lee says he's taking it one day at a time. "I have been sober for about 13 or 14 days now," the Motley Crue drummer, apparently on probation with wife Pamela Anderson, told Britain's Independent Radio News yesterday. "Pamela was beautiful, she didn't give me any sort of ultimatum, I was just hanging on," Lee said.
April 10, 1995 |
I just found out the other day that "Evening Shade" is no longer on CBS. The cancellation happened a year ago, mind you, but I presumed "Shade" was one of those shows that would run silently into the next century. No kidding. There are some programs in network prime time that are just there. A few selected Nielsen families watch them and keep them safely on the air, but the rest of us actively ignore them. Take the CBS comedy "Hearts Afire. " Though it is on what is officially known as "schedule hiatus" at present, it remains alive and a candidate for the network's fall schedule that will be announced in May. Ditto "Love & War. " It's still breathing, though you might be hard-pressed to locate someone who actually has ever taped an episode (except by accident)
December 7, 1994 |
Burt Reynolds and ex-wife Loni Anderson reached a child-support settlement yesterday after two contentious days in court, then sealed the deal with a smooch. "We reached a decision amicably for our son's sake, who we love very, very much," Anderson said following a private meeting. The amount Reynolds agreed to pay for care of the couple's adopted 6-year- old son, Quinton, was kept private. "Burt's been very generous to take care of our son," Anderson said. Reynolds, pleading poverty, wanted the court to reduce his monthly $15,000 child-support payment to $7,000.
October 23, 1994 |
As Burt Reynolds is quick to point out, only nine of the 330 pages in his new autobiography, Burt Reynolds: My Life, are devoted to his ex-wife, Loni Anderson. But they are nine very juicy pages. On one page, for instance, is a list of Anderson's typical monthly expenses: $10,000 for clothes; $500 on manicures, pedicures and cosmetics; $400 an hour for a personal trainer; and $600 to keep those roots blond, not to mention the $100 for the hairdresser who came to the house each time Anderson wanted to get dressed up to go out. On another page, Reynolds recalls the morning he gave his wife a new platinum American Express card.
June 16, 1994 |
VICKI OUT, MARILU IN The two-year quarrel between Vicki Lawrence and Group W, which distributed her program "Vicki!" is over. And Lawrence wasn't the winner. Late last week, Group W dropped the actress/ singer/talk-show host and created a new show around former "Evening Shade" star Marilu Henner; it will launch in September. "Vicki" airs in Philadelphia at noon weekdays on Channel 3. Production on "Vicki!" ended May 20, and new episodes are expected to air through July.
May 10, 1994 |
AN UNHOLY RIP, BURT SCREAMS Burt Reynolds is having a bad year . . . that's year . . . not hair. We all know about how his hit marital show to Loni Anderson hit the skids. Then the guy was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the set of his CBS series "Evening Shade. " Now the National Enquirer reports that he's about to sue TV preacher Pat Robertson, claiming the guy is screwing him out of mega-bucks. Reynolds claims that MTM, headed by Robertson and distributor of the actor's sitcom, sold syndication rights at $300,000 per episode to the Family Channel cable network, which Robertson also has a stake in. At that price, Reynolds claims, he'll get peanuts instead of the millions he was counting on - and so will Loni whom he promised 22.5 percent of his share of the syndication money.
September 26, 1993 |
Throw away those books, magazines and video-store membership cards. Cancel your theater subscriptions. Forget the chores. Hook up the old antenna, and tell the cable company to take all its threats and cutbacks and shove 'em. For the first time in years, the commercial broadcast networks, primarily thanks to Fox, have created a wall-to-wall prime-time schedule (with one teeny hole) of watchable television. Fridays and Saturdays, in recent years a wasteland of "comedic" idiocy, have been resuscitated.