Luke Perry in a sitcom? Maybe. The actor who rose to fame as Dylan McKay on the original “Beverly Hills, 90210″ tells us, “I’m talking to folks about that. Comedy is really exciting to me.” And, having guested on several sitcoms, he likes the schedule. “Half-hour comedy shows are like a play, one night a week.”
Perry exudes charisma and charm as his Old West circuit judge character, John Goodnight, in his “Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man” movie that premieres on the Hallmark Movie Channel Jan. 28. He created the character and serves as executive producer of the followup to his 2011 “Goodnight for Justice” telepic that earned the channel its highest ratings ever. A third “Goodnight” movie is already in the can, and he’s sketching out plans for more. “I’m really excited about keeping the door open on this franchise,” he says.
In “Measure of a Man,” the judge reunites with a former flame, and gets involved with her troubled teenage son who has become a gang member — 19th century style. “I’m not trying to be bigger-better-faster. I’ve always contended that Westerns don’t have to be all about action if you have interesting stories and characters, like the older pictures I like,” says Perry, a life-long fan of the Western genre. He’s also a horseman to the marrow, with six horses of his own.
Perry says the “Goodnight” movies have done well abroad, which makes getting foreign financing easier.
As for what else he has brewing, “I have a lot of contemporary stuff I want to do, too — a couple of different shows I’ve been developing.”
His Westerns film in exquisite locales in British Columbia, and he notes, “I like to be out in the wide open space. It’s difficult for me to be on a stage all the time or a studio lot. I like being outside — but having said that, if it was the right situation, I would be open to another series.”