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Cheryl Ladd: Diplomatic About New ‘Angels,’ Glad to Be Part of ‘Love Comes Softly’ Movie Series

Cheryl Ladd Hallmark Channel photo

Cheryl Ladd is diplomatic when it comes to ABC’s new “Charlie’s Angels,” which has been tagged with terms from “lackluster” to “dreary bore,” “depressing” to “Fall’s Most Mediocre New Drama.”  Says the actress once known as angel Kris Munroe, “I watched the first episode and it was very different — totally different from the original series.  It’s more like the movie, I think, in the feel of it.  I thought the girls were terrific.”

Ladd doesn’t have much time for scrutinizing her successor angels, however.  She just finished filming an “NCIS” episode in which “I play kind of a love interest for Ducky,” she says of David McCallum’s character.  Soon she’ll head up to Canada to make a Christmas-themed movie for television.  And Saturday (10/1) marks the premiere of her Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “Love’s Everlasting Courage.” 

She and Bruce Boxleitner play the parents of Wes Brown’s character, Clark, who is central to the hugely popular “Love Comes Softly” series of movies based on Janet Oke’s best-selling 1800s period novels. 

“When I read the script it took me exactly 30 seconds to say yes.  I loved the story, the characters,” says Cheryl.  “And then when they told me they were casting Buce — I can’t tell you how long we’ve known each other in the industry, but he and I have never had the opportunity to work together before.” 

She also “loved the idea of playing the grandmother” she says.   Other actresses in Hollywood avoid the g-word assiduously, but Cheryl freely notes, “I am a grandmother now.  My stepdaughter, Lindsay, has two children and one on the way.”  She liked playing the relationship between her character and child actress Morgan Lily’s.  “She wants to help and protect her granddaughter, but at the same time, she knows she needs to grow up fast.”

Production on location outside L.A. was hot and dusty.  “We filmed out on the ranch where they filmed ‘Little House on the Prairie.  We were there five or six weeks,” Cheryl reports.  “It was pretty rough, but not nearly as rough as a real farm family in the 1850s.  It’s hard to imagine, these people getting through their day — no aspirin or Motrin if they had aches and pains.  This family and their determination to band together come what may made me think a lot about our ancestors,” she adds.  “Times are tough right now, and this is a good message about family ties and pulling together to get through.”

Tim Allen Disappointed by Disney ‘Wild Hogs 2’ Decision

Tim Allen

Tim Allen tells us he was all geared up to start filming “Wild Hogs 2” in a few weeks and he’s disappointed by Disney’s decision to put the movie on hold.

“This is Hollywood; we don’t know why they put it on hold.  Disney is going through a top management reshuffle.  They’ve reshuffled seven of their big movies. You’ll have to ask Disney because none of us know why,” he says.  “We were supposed to start June 1. The crew and the rest of us were ready to go so everybody was very disappointed.  I think Disney has their own reasons and I try to stay out of that.  The economy may be a part of it.  You just think, ‘Boy, what’s that about?’”

For now, Allen can be seen hosting the TV Land Awards airing Sunday (4/25). The fun show honors the casts of “Glee,” “The Love Boat,” Charlie’s Angels” (including a special tribute to Farrah Fawcett), “Everybody Loves Raymond” (complete with Brad Garrett cracking jokes about his buddy and former boss, Ray Romano), and “Bosom Buddies,” featuring the reunion of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari.  Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Betty White and Billy Crystal are among the stars who grace the show as well.

“It’s not something I would normally do, but I really dug it. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure if I could do this,” admits Allen.  “It’s a tough group. The audience is there to get awards.  They’re not really there to laugh so I had to work that audience.  They weren’t giving it up easy.  You had great comedians up there like Bob Newhart sort of going like, ‘What?’”  Luckily Allen was able to win the crowd over in other ways. “I love big openings and it’s a big opening.”

In true TV Land fashion, the show ends on a big note as well.  “It has a very emotional ending.  They did a ‘Glee’ sendup with television stars who have great voices” – including Joyce DeWitt, Jimmie Walker, Marion Ross, Marilu Henner, David Hasselhoff, Shirley Jones and more.  However, in the process, we happened to find the one person in America who’s not familiar with the hit Fox show.  “I do not watch ‘Glee.’  I made a joke there where I said, ‘I wish I could say I’m a big fan of ‘Glee.’’  The glee club was not something I was in any way involved with.  It just wasn’t my gig.  I was more of a shop guy.”  Boy did that pay off!

Helena Mattsson

GETTING TO KNOW YOU:  Gorgeous Swedish actress Helena Mattsson seems to be taking her “Desperate Housewives” murder this week at the hands of serial killer Eddie (Josh Zuckerman) in stride.  “When I learned about it, I thought it was going to be really cool because it was so unexpected.  I was excited to shoot it,” says Mattsson, who played Felicity Huffman’s gold-digging wannabe daughter-in-law, Irina.  Mattsson says she had a blast on the campy serial, “one of the few shows I actually followed from the beginning.  It was surreal to join this series where I felt like I knew everybody by their characters already.”

The Stockholm-born 26-year-old blond beauty came to L.A. at age 19, having been singled out in London casting sessions as a contender for a Warner Bros. pilot – and she stayed.  “I was all alone when I came here.  I had a backpack and that was pretty much it.  I didn’t speak English and I didn’t drive, so I took the bus.  It was pretty rough.  I’ve learned a lot since” – including how to speak English with an American accent.  Mattson, who has racked up credits in episodic TV shows and movies like “Surrogates,”  adds, “My passion has been driving me.”

She’s just finished an independent film, “Audrey,” and is doing voice work on a 3D animated film based on a Scandinavian fairy tale at Warner Bros.  And next, she’ll be seen in Robert Downey, Jr.’s summer biggie, “Iron Man 2” – which does take the sting out of that “Desperate Housewives” strangulation thing.

NEW TALENT TIME:  Robert Rodriguez has a tough act to follow – his own – as he prepares to shoot “Spy Kids 4: Armageddon” with new kids in the title roles, now that Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara are no longer kids.  We hear that for this “reboot” of the popular and ingenious film series, he’s been seeing girls and boys to play 10-year-old twins, a brother and sister who are very competitive.

And casting is underway for DreamWorks’ modernized remake of  “Fright Night,” with principal characters Charley, Amy and Evil Ed still to be filled.  They’re going for teens up to 21 years of age for this one.  The actors in the original were a little older, playing teens.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

THE BECK/SMITH VAULT: Farrah Fawcett-Majors Free to Pursue Career – As Long as Housework is Done

Farrah Fawcett Majors

Oct. 4, 1976

Farrah Fawcett-Majors Free to Pursue Career  – As Long as Housework is Done

By Marilyn Beck

HOLLYWOOD – Farrah Fawcett-Majors says that the grind of starring in ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels” series isn’t giving her an excuse to escape from domestic duties.  And that’s the way she feels things should be.

The beautiful, 28-year-old wife of “$6 Million Man” lead Lee Majors likes the arrangement they share. Though both are working dawn-to-dusk on their shows, Farrah assumes the traditional wifely duties of keeping house – while Lee maintains the responsibility of supporting her.

Farrah suspects that her approval of such an arrangement might make her “A prime target of women’s libbers – and I’m sorry about that, because I believe in women’s lib.  But I like my life with Lee – enjoy having him the dominant figure, and my not having to support the family.

“I can be choosy about the roles I accept.  Lee can’t. And he wouldn’t care if I never worked again, he just wants me to do what makes me happy.”

As long as it doesn’t interfere with their established domestic routine.

The way Farrah outlines their relationship, “It’s fine with Lee if I work – but I still have to keep house.  Though I may not be doing all the cooking and cleaning myself, I do have to plan the meals and oversee the work of the gardener and housekeepers.  He expects me to take total charge of our home, and I don’t resent it.”

She does admit that she sometimes gets to wishing that her man would help out a bit more at home, and says tat at times she has to remind him, “Hey, we’re equals, remember?”

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Interview with Farrah Fawcett Majors, conducted 9-16-1976 by Andee Beck includes the following:

“When people say I’m beautiful, I go to myself, ‘Well, I fooled another one!’  I look around and see beautiful women like Catherine Deneuve and I don’t believe that I’m pretty.  I think the reason others think I’m beautiful is partly because of my charisma.”

JUST THEN HER AGENTS COME IN WITH ARMLOADS OF POSTERS JUST RECEIVED FROM THE PRINTER.  POSTERS ARE AUTOGRAPHED PICTURES OF FARRAH SMILING IN A ONE-PIECE BUT REVEALING BATHING SUIT.  SHE SAYS…

“This is like the movies, you know?  Who would think there would be a poster of me?  I can remember looking at Raquel Welch’s poster.  They wanted me in a bikini, but I just don’t like cheesecaky poses.

“It seems like I’d be a prime target for women’s libbers, but I’ve never been attacked by them…

“What I used to worry about was, ‘Is mother going to think I didn’t keep my legs together, that I wore an ugly dress?’  I still care about what my parents think, and about what Lee thinks.  But I don’t care what the public thinks, if my smile is too big or whatever.  Deep down I do feel a responsibility to my friends.

“I’m not thinking about where I’ll be tomorrow, where my career will be.  When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nun, then a doctor.  It changed from day to day.  I never dreamed of being an actress.  And now I’m here.

“When everything happens so fast, when stardom hits, it takes you back.  I now have less time to spend with friends.  Things change in their importance.”…

“If I weren’t working now, I’d be doing my sculpture or something else.  It’s fine if I work, but I still have to keep house.  I have to plan the meals.”…

“Lee’s been very good about my production schedule.  He leaves the house at 6 every morning, he’s home at 8 p.m..  If I get up after him and come home a few minutes before him, he doesn’t seem to realize I haven’t been home all day.  We try to limit work on weekends.  It’s our time together.  I just hope our hiatus schedules work out together.”