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‘Glory Daze’ Actors Get 80’s Style Frat House Experience

Kelly Blatz, Drew Seeley, Harley Sawyer, Matt Bush TBS photo

Kelly Blatz, Drew Seeley, Harley Sawyer, Matt Bush TBS photo

“Aaron Stone” cutie pie Kelly Blatz is finding a welcome dividend in making TBS’s Nov. 16-debuting  “Glory Daze” series about a group of fraternity pledges in the 1980s.  The 23-year-old actor notes, “I backed out of college before I even went, and even though I visited friends in fraternities a few times, I kind of felt like maybe I missed out.  Pledging this fraternity with these guys, I get to have all the fun and camaraderie without having to do the school work.”

Blatz is part of an ensemble including Tim Meadows and Drew Seeley (with interesting guest stars like Kevin Nealon, Teri Polo and Fred Willard).  He reports that the show’s creators, Walt Becker and Michael LeSleur, informed them “They didn’t want to hit anyone over the head with the 80’s thing — this is inspired by their own college experiences — but they did give us a packet of things to work with.  We do riff a lot, improvise, and we wanted to have a grasp of who the celebrities were at the time, the big athletes, the supermodels, so we’d say the right things.  We wanted to use the right slang, and not talk about cell phones and things like that.”

He adds, “I’m so used to my wardrobe now, it feels like what I’d actually wear.  I’m always wanting to tuck in my shirt.”

Then there’s the music aspect, of vital importance to college students of any generation, of course.  The producers supplied their guys with “like, 12 full CD mixes — R&B, pop, rock.  I definitely have a huge catalogue of 80s music in my brain now,” Blatz says.

As it happens, he’s working on his own music while finishing up the last few episodes of the first season’s worth of “Glory Daze.”  He and his band, Capra have been developing a sound of their own for the last four years, he lets us know, and are now recording an album for Hollywood Records, to debut in 2011.  “When you hear it you’ll understand,” he says.  “It’s a fun, funky hip hop and rock.”

BAD MAMA:  Daphne Zuniga’s been having a blast on “One Tree Hill” of late, what with her character, the notorious Victoria Davis, incarcerated over her dirty business dealings and her recent disowning of her daughter, Brooke (Sophia Bush), over her decision to sell the family company.

“I love the drama they’re bringing, but the possible dissolution of the company is, you know, kind of a big deal.  I’m not sure what they have in mind for us.”  She enjoys the fact the writers “are always surprising me.  I love that they write for Victoria.”  However, she admits, “It’s hard for me to do these scenes where I scream at Sophia.  It’s hard to say these awful things to her face.  We’re good friends.”

In fact, the one-time “Melrose Place” actress credits Sophia and cast mate Austin Nichols with being more open and mature than she was at their age.  She enjoys their company, and, in fact, credits them with helping her get into the Twitter universe.

“I had someone post things for me for an environmental auction I had, but sitting around the set one day, I said, ‘I don’t even know how to tweet myself.  I don’t even know my password.'”  Bush and Nichols helped her out, and now, she says, she tweets them to stay in touch.

Zuniga shows a whole different side — make that two — in her delightful Hallmark Channel movie, “A Family Thanksgiving” that premiered over the weekend and has repeat airings coming up.  The fantasy romantic comedy, also starring Faye Dunaway, has Daphne as a high-powered attorney with a walk-in closet full of designer clothes — who gets the chance to see what her life would have been like had she become an everyday suburban wife and mother.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Forget those reserved and respectful presidential flicks and get ready for “FDR: American Badass.”  Yes, casting is now underway for a film billed as an action comedy in which the leader of the free world from the Great Depression through World War II will be depicted, according to casting notices, as “a hip, foul-mouthed badass in a customized wheelchair.”   Famous and infamous names from the 1940s — including Eleanor Roosevelt, Mussolini, Hitler, McArthur, Churchill and Eisenhower — are part of the action, along with “a hot nurse.”  However, in this case, FDR is intent upon thwarting “a dastardly plan to take over the world via polio-infected werewolves.”  Well, at least you can say one thing for it: this is not a plot you’ve heard before.

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