Luke Perry Talks More ‘Goodnight’ Movies, Sitcom Possibility

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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.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

One thought on “Luke Perry Talks More ‘Goodnight’ Movies, Sitcom Possibility

  1. Carolyne Puskas

    My husband and I loved the character of Judge Goodnight and would love to see more of them, especially the ones where he rides the circuit. His character is a great role model that you should use your brains and not your brawn. His calm, easy voice is great. Luke, PLEASE, make, at least, a 4th!

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