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David Hasselhoff: You Can’t Keep Guys Like Me and Shatner Down

Get out your jingle bells.  David Hasselhoff is coming toward us Saturday (11/10) as a very merry guy who helps clients get through the holidays in style in “The Christmas Consultant,” a Lifetime movie he says he glommed onto because it’s family-oriented, and so is he.

Hasselhoff also tells us he is in negotiations for a show that would bring him back into the reality TV realm, this time on the Travel Channel, and that he plans to tour the U.S. with his one-man “An Evening With David Hasselhoff” stage show next year.  That show’s already been a success in Europe and the U.K, where the former “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider” star continues to have an avid following.

Will his “Evening With” show fare as well back home?  Followers of the Hasselhoff saga are well aware his life has been fraught with trauma, from past battles with booze to public derision.  However, he says, “I always feel that I’m staying mobile and staying positive.  It’s like William Shatner, you know?  You can’t keep guys like us down.  No matter what is said about us, or who’s made fun of us, we’re able to laugh at ourselves and move forward.  Life is about waking up and smelling the coffee,” he continues.

“I look at my dad and he’s 87 and he’s still a positive, incredible man.  That’s why I took this movie. I’d rather have a perfect kids’ movie, like ‘Home Alone,’ than play Santa’s rough-around-the-edges helper” — another role he says the network dangled before him.

So, does Hasselhoff feel a kinship with Shatner?

“I’ve seen his show before, in concert,” the Hoff replies.  “I’ve spoken to him several times.  We’re actually managed by the same guy so we have a lot in common.  I

really like his work ethic.”

Hasselhoff can identify with working hard on multiple fronts.  His home is “always rockin’ with a lot of different projects,” he says.

He already has investors lined up for his “Evening With” tour, he informs.  He’s looking forward to communing with audiences across the U.S.A., including the young crowd that knows him from “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie” or his short-lived “Hoff.”

“People are so kind to me and they seem to get it.  They know I am resilient.  To have a long and happy life, you have to be resilient,” he notes.

Meanwhile, there’s “The Christmas Consultant.”

Hasselhoff says that as soon as he read the script, he told his agent “100 per cent book it.” He explains, “I’ve been a fan of Christmas movies my whole life.  As a matter of

Fact, one important piece of information that I’ve never shared with anybody is I’ve been living on the same block where they filmed ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’  The backlot, where they built the town — Bedford Falls — is exactly four blocks from my house.  That was pointed out to me by one of my associates, my musical director, who is a real movie buff.  We’re in Encino, where they built Bedford Falls.  That is so amazing to me, because that is a movie that has so touched my heart.  Being in a Christmas movie that is family-oriented and very emotional and very fun is a great honor.  It’s cool, it’s really cool.”

SPEAKING OF FAMILY FARE:  Kristin Chenoweth makes a much — much — better host for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards than

Carson Kressley, who emceed the canine kudofest last year.  Cute as Carson can be, his campy humor was a weird mix with the often heart-tugging, sometimes heart-wrenching

honors — kind of like putting a hot pink frame on a George Earl painting.

Talk about heroics!  Among the eight honoree dogs, for example, is Jynx, a German Shepherd who sniffed out a gunman who was lying in wait to ambush a group of sheriffs on his trail, then attacked the gunman, then tried to pull his mortally-wounded handler to safety.  The widow accepted on behalf of Jynx, who now lives with her and her baby daughter.

Joey Lawrence, Pauley Perette, Kellie Martin, Denise Richards, Naomi Judd, Mark Steines and Jake T. Austin were among the celebrity attendees at the Beverly

Hilton event, airing tonight (11/8) on The Hallmark Channel.  Jewel was in great voice performing for the crowd.  And Carson — well, he was a good enough sport to do a little

comedy bit on tape.

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Hasselhoff Will Show Truth on Roast, Says Daughter Hayley

"Huge" cast ABC Family photo

David Hasselhoff is “over the moon” about his upcoming Comedy Central roast this summer.  That’s especially because, according to his daughter Hayley, “With all that’s come out, people think he’s so upset, but they’ll see he knows how to laugh about things, about making mistakes.  People don’t know that side of him.  He knows the truth.  The world will finally get to see my dad tell it his own way.”

As fans know all too well, Hasselhoff’s life has been fraught with trauma related to his very bitter divorce and to alcohol – including his reported hospitalizations for alcohol poisoning, as well as the notorious viral internet video shot by Hayley’s sister Taylor showing him drunk

Now, Hayley says that although she and Taylor – who are 16 and 20 years old, respectively – are too young to take part in the roast, “We’re trying to figure out some way to get into it.”

Meanwhile, the hugely personable “Huge” actress has much to be happy about with the ABC Family series that launched Monday amid a torrent of positive reviews.  She plays the beauty of the fat camp where the action takes place, the lightest of the heavy teens there, the opposite of rebellious Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”), who’s been sent to the camp against her will and is determined not to lose weight.

Hayley’s years as a plus-sized model, including serving as the face of the popular Torrid line, have brought her in contact with many plus-sized teens, and she sees the series as an extension to the positive image for non-skinny minis that she is interested in conveying.   “My dad says, ‘Wow, you need to thank God for everything coming together like this,’ because this is such an amazing path – a dream come true for me.”

They have one more “Huge” episode to shoot in the first set of 10.  At the same time, she and Taylor and David have been busy filming their A&E reality show for fall unveiling.  “Our family is open with each other and that’s good.  We’re ready to let the world in.  We already did a reality show in Europe last summer, so the cameras don’t faze us.  It’s a crazy and outgoing family,” she says.  “The greatest thing about our family is – there are so many things about us in the tabloids and other press, but we know how to make fun of it, push it aside and laugh.”

Ashley Tisdale

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW:  Ashley Tisdale’s “High School Musical” spinoff movie, “High Stakes,” is just wrapping up shooting in Toronto, and it’s giving the much-in-demand cutie a chance to show another side of her talents.  Her young costar Bradley Steven Perry reports that fans will be seeing a new side of her spoiled rich girl character, Sharpay Evans, from the three “HSM” movies.  “There’s still the Sharpay attitude at the beginning of the movie, but by the end she’s much softer.”

Bradley also says his character “is her nemesis” – competing against Sharpay to get into a Broadway show – in the Disney Channel movie being produced by Tisdale.

“Ashley is great.  She’s so funny,” he says.  “Sometimes she comes out with Sharpay-like expressions without trying, she’s been doing this character for so long.”

Bradley Steven Perry

Bradley expects to return to work on “Good Luck Charlie,” on which he plays second son Gabe,  in September for season 2.   (A new episode is coming up July 11.)  The show’s title baby, one-year-old Mia Talerico, “is like an adult,” he tells us admiringly.  “”She’s not a twin.  It was kind of scary when we found out that there wasn’t going to be a backup baby.  If she threw a tantrum, everything would stop.  But she’s never once done that.  She’s been perfect.”

THE INDUSTRY EYE:  Tricky casting challenge on Gavin Polone’s movie showing the behind-the-scenes drama of making 1973’s landmark “An American Family” documentary series.  They need to find an actor who can play Dick Cavett in that  era when he was the intellectual choice for late night viewing.  Lance Loud – being portrayed by Thomas Dekker in the movie – notoriously guested on the old Cavett show.  Diane Lane and Tim Robbins play Lance’s parents.