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‘Pair of Kings” Doc Shaw Surprised to Get White Twin

Mitchell Musso, Doc Shaw Disney XD photo

After more than eight months of hard shooting, Doc Shaw’s and Mitchell Musso’s new Disney XD show, “Pair of Kings” wrapped production of its first 21 episodes earlier this month.  Shaw admits, “It feels like we’ve really been away on an island.  Not a relaxation island – an island where I had to work hard.”

In the series, he and Musso play fraternal twin high-schoolers who head to a magical uncharted island after being told they’re rightful heirs to the throne there.  Disney XD-style complications and fun ensue.  “We did a lot of our own stunts.  We did fighting.  We got into harnesses for scenes like when we had to jump out of a bird’s nest and hang glide down to the ground.  We had to jump over, like, a nine foot wall into an imaginary ocean,” Shaw says, referring to his and Musso’s green screen action sequences.  “I’m definitely an athletic person, but I never expected to have to learn all this kind of stuff.  We learned how to shoot with a bow and arrows, we learned kung fu….Some days me and Mitchell kind of regretted having to wake up.  We were definitely tired.”

He says that he and Musso, the former “Hannah Montana” cohort, barely knew each other when they were cast as twin brothers — but fortunately, they hit it off quickly and “started hanging out together almost every day.”

How does Shaw, who is African-American, feel about having a white twin?  “I know, right?”  He laughs.  “Sometimes the crew gets confused on who’s who.”  But seriously, “I was definitely kind of surprised by it.  I didn’ t know how they would sell it.  But this is a magical island, where twins can be born in any ethnicity.  It’s magical, it’s imaginary, it’s just about having fun.”

TACKY TIME:  How distasteful, Kelsey Grammer, to appear on Wendy Williams’ show last week with your new – young – pregnant girlfriend Kayte Walsh in the audience and blithely chatter away about moving permanently to New York like a first-time groom – rather than a man who left a home with a young daughter and son behind just a couple of months ago.

“We’re talking about [moving]… We fell in love in New York, and we like living here.  We have a lot of things in our future and great happiness ahead,” he gushed.   He’s been flaunting pretty blond Kayte elsewhere, too — while soon-to-be-ex-wife of 13 years Camille Donatacci will no doubt be flaunting aplenty on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”  The divorce was only filed in July, with reports that Camille didn’t understand why Kelsey had quit calling home from New York, where he’s appearing in “La Cage aux Folles.”  Whatever back-and-forth public spitting the splitting Grammers may feel like doing, it’s crummy behavior insofar as their children (daughter Mason is eight, son Jude, five) are concerned.

AND:  Speaking of tacky…It’s still kind of amazing that CNN is enshrining Piers Morgan as Larry King’s replacement.  Infamous as a merciless tabloid editor back in the U.K., once referred to by former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie Blair, as “a man with no moral compass,” tainted by a case of faked photos purported to show British soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, loser in a lawsuit for the publication of pictures of Naomi Campbell attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting…The man with a self-described “Grand Canyon-sized ego” sleazed his way to the top.

With Plethora of Imported TV Stars, It’s Time for Talent Tariff

Alex O'Loughlin

What do Hollywood casting directors have against American actors?  Oh, sure, we’ve been seeing this explosion of Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, Irish folk and other English-speaking foreigners on U.S. primetime for several years now, but there hasn’t been any complaining out of fear the U.K would want to take back Hugh Laurie, and goodness knows nobody wanted that.

However, things have gone too far.  Now we have an Australian (Alex O’Loughlin) playing Steve McGarrett on CBS’s new “Hawaii Five-O,” for crying out loud.  Plus, there’s this 13 trillion-dollar national debt thing that makes even ludicrous revenue-generating ideas sound good.  So the time has come for Uncle Sam to make some money off this imported TV star phenomenon.  The time has come for a Talent tariff.

Piers Morgan

Think of the increasingly annoying Piers Morgan, for instance.  The arrogant Fleet Street tabloid editor — whose claims to fame include being fired in the wake of the revelation that Daily Mirror photos purportedly showing British troops mistreating Iraqi prisoners were faked.   Brighton-born Simon Cowell ordained Guildford-born Piers as his substitute (a.k.a. “the mean one”), when Simon himself was contractually prevented (“American Idol”) from being an “America’s Got Talent” judge — and America went along.    This proves America’s weakness toward believing anyone with a British accent is qualified for their job.   Now Morgan is the man who would be King, as in Larry King, as in being named as the new host of King’s 25-year-old CNN show.

This is not right.  If we have to take Piers Morgan, we should be making money on it — or at least, the British should have to take Perez Hilton in exchange.

Speaking of “America’s Got Talent,” there’s oh-so-much more to love about Piers’ London-born cohort Sharon Osbourne than him.  And yet, Ozzy’s purple-red-haired frau is nearing massive over-exposure with yet another gig, CBS’s yet-untitled daytime show for fall.  But let us not be irritated.  Let us be enriched.  Talent tariff, people!

There’s Australia’s Simon Baker, England’s Natascha McElhone and Ed Westwick, Scotland’s Kevin McKidd.  The list goes on and on.  Money, money, money.

And let’s not forget the growing South Asian/Indian contingent.  As “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kunal Nayyar declared to press at last week’s TCA panel in reference to himself, most of the cast of NBC’s new “Outsourced” and various other shows, “We are everywhere now…It doesn’t surprise me.  We are all really good-looking and talented, and I’m really happy that we continue to take over the world.”

Can you say, “Ka-ching”?!

Ask Stacy: 411 About Piers Morgan, Patty Duke, Catherine Bach, Missy Peregrym

Piers Morgan

DEAR STACY:  I’ve seen Piers Morgan on “America’s Got Talent” and also “Britain’s Got Talent,” but I don’t know anything about him.  Is he a record producer, musical performer, or show business executive?  He seems to know his stuff. – April M., Brooklyn, NY

DEAR APRIL:  The man who will be Larry King’s talk show replacement rose to notoriety as a writer-reporter and/or editor at the London tabloids The Sun, News of the World and The Daily Mirror.  His career has been chockablock with controversy, feuding and complaints by celebrities over what’s been called his invasive style.  Morgan was fired from his editor post at the Mirror in 2004 after the paper ran photographs showing British soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners – photos that were proven to be fakes.  Still, he has a strong TV presence, as his 2003 “The Importance of Being Famous” three-part TV special for the BBC showed.  Simon Cowell selected him to be his own replacement when his “American Idol” contract prevented him from serving as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” in 2006.  In 2008, he won “The Celebrity Apprentice,” on which he’d been seen hotly disagreeing with Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.  Morgan is married to The Daily Telegraph gossip columnist Celia Walden, daughter of a former Conservative Member of Parliament.  He has three sons from his previous marriage.

DEAR STACY:  What is Patty Duke doing these days?  She’s a long-time favorite of mine.  Haven’t seen her in a while. – Jan F., Allentown, PA

DEAR JAN:  According to her son, Sean Astin, “She’s doing great.  Still living in Idaho.  Hungry to work.  She did 14 months on ‘Wicked,’” he notes, referring to Patty’s stand in the role of Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of the musical.  That wrapped up earlier this year.  “Now she’s anxious to get into something new.”

DEAR STACY:  Whatever happened to the gal who played the original Daisy Duke on “Dukes of Hazzard”? – Phil I., Pensacola, FL

DEAR PHIL:  Catherine Bach has mostly remained out of the spotlight – except for “Dukes of Hazzard” conventions — since her days as Daisy Duke.  Once the show ended, she appeared in a few B-movies, but hasn’t done much acting since her role in the TV series “African Skies” in the early 1990’s.  She was married to Angela Lansbury’s son, David Shaw, from 1976-1981.  She wed entertainment attorney Peter Lopez in 1990 and they had two daughters.  Sadly, Lopez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound this past April.

DEAR STACY:  Can you please give some information about Missy Peregrym, who plays Andy on “Rookie Blue”?  I know I’ve seen her on other shows before. – Tim S., Montebello, CA

DEAR TIM:  Yes, you may know the Montreal-born beauty from her two years playing as another Andi – Andi Prendergast – on “Reaper.”  She also had a recurring role on “Heroes” in 2007, another on “Smallville” in 2006, and she played Jackie Bradford on the series “Life as We Know It” in 2004-2005.  One of three daughters of a minister, she grew up in Surrey, British Columbia, and launched her modeling career at 18.  Her commercials included Mercedes Benz and Sprint Canada. After moving to Los Angeles, she landed the lead role in the short-lived WB series “Black Sash.”  Other credits include the 2006 big screen gymnastics dramedy, “Stick It,” “The Chris Isaak Show” and the telefilm “Call Me:  The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss.”  Peregrym, who used to date the NFL’s Ben Roethlisberger, now lives in Toronto, where “Rookie Blue” was shot.

DEAR STACY:  Can you tell me whether Adam Baldwin is one of the acting family that includes Alec Baldwin?  Our group of friends had a disagreement about this. – M.R., Canton, OH

DEAR M.R.:  Chicago-born, 48-year-old Adam Baldwin of “Full Metal Jacket,” “Angel,” “Serenity” and “Chuck” fame is not related to the famous acting clan that includes brothers Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen.