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Injured Scott Hamilton Confers With Surgeons

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is conferring with surgeons “to get as many opinions as possible” before he decides what course to take with his latest physical challenge.

“In December I took a fall and tore up my shoulder so I have to have surgery. I’ve never had that happen before,” says the beloved Olympic Gold Medal-winning skating great. Having completed his latest turn as rinkside commentator for NBC last month, he reports, “With my responsibilities with the Olympics, January and February were almost gone so today was the first day I was back on the ice and my shoulder was really limiting me. I’m hoping to get it repaired this month. I can’t sleep so it’s time to get it fixed.”

If anyone can make that happen, it’s Scott, a survivor of testicular cancer and a brain tumor. He talked to this column last year about his amazing journey from pot-bellied and unhealthy shape back to performance-ready form after five years away from the ice – thanks to grueling hard work. The public will get a chance to see some of that journey tonight (3/8) on the Bio Channel’s two-hour special, “Scott Hamilton: Return to the Ice.”

“I figured if I’m going to put myself through this much agony, I might as well document it,” says the 51-year-old Hamilton with a laugh. “I never anticipated going back to skating ever, but I was letting myself fail physically. I wasn’t pushing myself to be as healthy as I could be. The first six months back were frustrating because I didn’t have anything. I was trying to get my body to get to the point where I could try stuff,” he explains, “but there were elements that were a part of this process that weren’t ever in my skating career before – fear and uncertainty. I’d go to do something and I’d almost start laughing because I couldn’t figure out how to make my body do it.”

Finally Hamilton was back to skating an hour a day and he performed for the first time at his 10th annual cancer-fundraising show “An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends.” Now his shoulder injury has him sidelined once again for a few months.

Jason Dolley

A LITTLE OLDER, NOT EXACTLY WISER:  

Disney Channel heartthrob Jason Dolley, 18, takes a step toward maturity with the April 4-debuting “Good Luck Charlie” – about a household in which the teenagers take care of their baby sister while the parents are away at their respective jobs.

“They’re sort of going for a ‘Full House’ kind of feeling with this show,” says Dolley, “something families can watch together. It definitely resembles a classic family sitcom. We get to have, like, family dynamic stuff that goes on. The things that come up on the show are real-life conflicts. I think it’s a balance of things that kids will like and adults will like. It’s awesome.”

Dolley, who played the mop-haired Newt Livingston on the Channel’s very broad, very kid-oriented “Corey in the House” – and goofed around in a chicken suit in its “Hatching Pete” movie last year – admits he was anxious to get back in the game. “’Corey in the House’ ended kind of abruptly and I was kind of disappointed that it was over. Working at the Disney Channel was so awesome, I was like, ‘I want to get in there and do more of that.’ Then this script came to me and it’s a more grown-up character and a more authentic show and I thought, ‘Wow, this is the best of both worlds.’”

But his new character isn’t exactly a model of responsible near-adulthood.

“P.J. is the oldest brother in the household. His heart’s in the right place, but I guess it’s like his little brother puts it: ‘He’s not very “thinky.”’ P.J. easily misses things. He’s not dumb, but he’s a little bit in his own world.”

THE SHAPE OF THINGS: Julie Benz is proud to have the body to play a stripper on “Desperate Housewives” at age 37. The former “Dexter” leading lady tells us, “I’m an exercise junkie. I also feel like, my mentality is, I embrace who I am and where I’m at. I don’t consider myself be to be extremely thin. I’m very physically fit, but I’m not like this anorexic thinness. I’ve got these thighs and I’ve got this a– and I love to eat.”

AWARD TO THE WISE: Sure, there are lots more disappointed Oscar nominees than there are winners this morning, but those illustrious nominations still mean an awful lot. Ernest Borgnine, who was selected to receive the Publicists Guild’s Special Award of Merit in recognition of his long career at the organization’s 47th Annual Awards Luncheon last week, points out, “I didn’t win the Emmy last year (for his guesting on “E.R.”). But I always feel like if you’re nominated, they’re at least thinking of you. I thought being nominated was just as good,” claims the 93-year-old Borgnine. The Oscar winner for “Marty” (1955) does go on to say, however, “I do have that big golden fella that I won and nobody can take that away from me.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Hamilton Counting Days ‘Til Comeback Try

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Skating great Scott Hamilton is anxiously counting down the days ’til Nov. 7 — when he’ll perform on ice for the first time in five years and eight months. “I’ll never feel like I’m ready,” he says.

“The last time I came back, from cancer, I was 12 years younger. From diagnosis through chemo and back was six and a half months. Those muscles, as much as they’d been shocked and were atrophied for a few months — I still had something to work with. This time, all those muscles were gone. I had nothing,” recounts the 51-year-old Olympic Gold medalist, who retired after being treated for a benign brain tumor in 2004, and who has been in hormone replacement therapy for years.

“For the past 11 and a half months, I’ve been slowly, methodically building up my strength and endurance again, trying not to get hurt in the process. I’m respecting nature.”

Hamilton’s re-appearance on ice is for his “An Evening With Scott Hamilton & Friends” gala benefiting the Cleveland Clinic where he has received care. Following that, he’ll perform in the “Kaleidoscope” ice spectacular in Washington, D.C. with fellow cancer survivor Dorothy Hamill and an all-star lineup. Promoting cancer survivorship and women’s health, Kaleidoscope will be shown Thanksgiving (11/26) on Fox — Scott’s first skating performance on TV since his farewell.

Why go through the grueling regimen he says has put him in pain every day?

“There are many layers to this,” he says. “One is, I really felt myself physically failing. My health was falling apart. I could literally touch my two middle fingers and thumb and make an ‘O’ around my thigh, but I couldn’t see my feet because my belly had gotten so big. I tried to get back in the gym. That really helped, but it doesn’t give me the same benefit as skating does. It’s not the same high level of activity. I needed a goal, a reason to show up every day. Not three times a week in the gym — every day.

“Skating has always been the way I’ve gotten my health back in the past,” notes the athlete, who overcame a long childhood illness through skating. “It’s the only thing that’s done it for me.”

He knew he’d need a deadline, he says, so he committed to the performance in Cleveland, and announced his intention on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Now, he feels he’s at an “okay” place to perform, but envisions improving and doing even more next year.

As for wife Tracie, “She’s been 100 per cent supportive, but she’s also been kind of trying to talk me into being more conservative with my approach. She’s afraid I’m going to get hurt, badly,” admits Scott. “But, if you set the bar low, that’s as far as you’ll go.”

CHANGE OF PACE: It’ll be a very different Jason Earles on Wednesday’s (11/4) installment of the Disney XD series “Aaron Stone” than the actor’s “Hannah Montana” fans are used to seeing. “I had to learn fight choreography and sort of be the cool guy,” reports Earles, best-known as Miley Cyrus’ brother, Jackson, in his regular series role.

Earles plays a “cyborgy guy” who’s been programmed to accompany and protect Aaron Stone (Kelly Blatz) — until he short-circuits and goes on the attack, becoming “a mini-Terminator” as Earles puts it. “I’d never had to do hand-to-hand combat training before and I got 15-20 minutes with the stunt guys to learn the choreography. I had to be pretty good; otherwise, they’d use the stunt doubles in it. I actually saw a final cut of the episode, and it’s mostly me, so I was pretty proud about that,” he says.

Earles does say he was able “to work in a little bit of goofiness with the character. Humor is my strength. I was interested in the similarities between physical comedy and fight choreography,” he adds. “When the timing is right, you feel it.”

Earles will be seen back in action as Jackson in a new episode of ‘Hannah Montana’ Nov. 8.

THE INDUSTRY EYE: Director Renny Harlin and Val Kilmer, whose careers have each seen better days, will be off to the former Soviet Union shortly to make “Georgia,” with “Entourage’s” Emmanuelle Chriqui and hot Brit talents Rupert Friend and Richard Coyle.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Harlin and Kilmer can make something special of their tale of a war reporter who goes to cover the Georgia-Russia conflict and its atrocities after nearly being killed in Iraq — and finds one of his big problems is disinterest back home.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster