Craig T. Nelson reveals he’ll be making a return visit this month on controversial Fox News personality Glenn Beck’s show, and says that once again he’ll vow to protest our government’s behavior by vowing to stop paying his income tax.
The actor, perhaps best known for his long run on the series “Coach” and “The District,” wants us to know that the areas that bother him the most in Washington “involve lobbyists and special interest groups and the education of our children. It’s my grandchildren I’m worried about.”
Nelson, the father of three, the grandfather of five and the great grandfather of a four-month-old grandson, says that, “With so many things rearing their ugly heads in Washington, it’s more important than ever for people to speak out.”
He has a hunch that NBC — the network that will be bring us Craig’s upcoming “Parenthood” series, won’t be overjoyed by his political tirades.
“I think,” he quips, “It could be a cause celeb. Let’s face it, there could be some ramifications because NBC is a little more liberal than the other networks.”
“Parenthood” was planned for debut this month, but delayed because of the illness of leading lady Maura Tierney. At first the network refrained from issuing details about her medical problems, then Maura herself revealed she is fighting breast cancer. It is hoped she will be feeling well enough to join the cast when it’s now due to start shooting in November. That cast includes Peter Krause, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
IT’S ‘GREEK’ TO HIM: “Greek” star Jacob Zachar tells us now that the series is in its third season, he’s relieved to be finally getting the chance to have more flexibility with his character. “Because we feel very comfortable with our characters and the crew, they let us play around more and they let us have our own opinions now. That thin line of trying to create something without stepping on other people’s toes has widened a little bit,” says Zachar, who plays Rusty in the ABC Family show.
“For me personally, as an actor you want to keep creating, but often times you get shut down for certain reasons.” He imagines the feeling is similar to what an artist would feel if told “what colors to use. It would obviously be killing the original artistic sensibility. So I’m glad they are letting the actors make some choices. It gives us a lot more confidence.”
While the show takes place on a college campus, Zachar hopes they’ll have many more seasons to continue to grow in these roles. “What we’ve shot so far this season, I’m the most proud of. Having had a couple of months off definitely made coming back even more enjoyable,” he notes. “We had a realization that we’ve shot 50 hours already and we can make a slower progression to our destination, and as characters slowly become different. We don’t know where they’re taking the show yet, but I’d say the characters are slowly changing as they would in real life – nothing too drastic. Even if you’re new to this show, it’s one of those shows where you can pick up immediately.”
FASHION CONSCIOUS: Things are heating up for Tinsel Town designers and stylists as Emmy time nears, but one star who has it all figured out already is “Prayers for Bobby” Outstanding Lead Actress nominee Sigourney Weaver. “I tried on this really pretty dress for the Greg Mottola film, but we didn’t end up using it,” she says, speaking of Mottola’s upcoming sci fi comedy, “Paul,” about a pair of comic book lovers who encounter a for-real extraterrestrial. “So when the nomination happened, I got in touch with the designer and asked if I could use it. So that’s done.” That’s using your head.
JUST DO IT: Funny lady Melissa Peterman reveals that when good pal and former costar Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock phoned her up last year to talk about Peterman serving as Reba’s in-concert lead-in, she was anything but well prepared. “They said, ‘We think it would be a good fit, and an interesting way to open a concert,’ and I said, ‘Yes.’ And then I got off the phone and said, ‘What did I just do?’ I’m more of an improv gal. This, for me, was the first real stand-up I’d done. Most people start off at Ha-Has in Van Nuys with five people watching. I walked out in front of 13,000 people my first show. It was baptism by fire.” Peterman wound up opening 25 shows for Reba and Kelly Clarkson, and another 20 or so for Reba alone. “It worked out,” she says. “Sometimes you just have to say yes and then it just forces you to work on something you wanted anyway.”
With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster