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may only be a coincidence, but Sunday is the SOth anniversary of the birth of James Dean, who played Cal Trask in the 1955 movie. Dean was bom Feb. 8, 1931. i "East of Eden" originally was conceived by Steinbeck as a celebration of California's Salinas Valley. He set out tc write the story of his mother's family, and the charactei played by Lloyd Bridges in the ABC miniseries is based on his maternal grandfather.

"But gradually the' story of the y.TraSks took over," said Rosenzweig. Unlike the movie, which covered only a tiny portion ot the book, the ABC production explores the entire breadth of the epic drama of the Trask family and the beautiful woman who haunted their lives for two generations. The story opens in Connecticut just after the Civil War and follows the lives of the Trask family across several generations to California. It centers on Adam (played by Timothy Bottoms) and Charles (Bruce Boxleitner) Trask, sons of a hard driven Civil War veteran (Warren 'Oates), and Cathy Ames (Jane Seymour), a conniving temptress who seduces both brothers and leaves her evil mark on them and her two sons, Cal (Sam Bottoms) and Aaron (Hart Bochner). The miniseries also sura Howard Duff, Anne Baxter, Richard Masur, Soon Teck Oh and Karen Allen.

Rosenzweig, a bearded man with a walrus moustache, said he1 learned In 1970 that the film rights to "East of Eden" had reverted back to the Steinbeck estate. "It took me a long time to get it made," he said. "As I worked on It, I found that other people were also pitching 'East of Eden' to the networks. But It was always a remake of the James Dean movie. I wanted to do the whole book.

It never occurred to me to remake the movie. This Is an entirely new film. i "The story Is basically that of Cain and Abel. I had Lloyd Bridges read the entire story from the Bible. It sets up that sibling rivalry, and then It carries over Into the next generation In a different way." Rosenzweig said after he acquired the rights, he took the project to NBC first.

"I thought I had some pull there I'd produced the "Daniel Boone' series for them, which had been a big hit. I pitched it to the executive In charge of movies and he said, We don't want to remake a classic' said It wasn't a remake, but he wouldn't buy it. "Two or three years went by and I went back to NBC. They'd just announced 'From Here to That was an example of a miniseries from the whole book after a movie had taken only part of it. But I was too late.

They didn't want to do another. So I took it to ABC and they accepted it." The series Was shot entirely on location, with Savannah, standing in for Connecticut and Salinas as itself. Rosenzweig said: "We had to time it to be in Salinas when it was green. I wanted to contrast that lush look with the grey New England look. "It was tougher to make than it should have been.

It cost $11.2 million, which is more than it should have. The business has changed, it didn't help either that the cost of silver quadrupled, sending the cost of film stock sky high." urBzaYfiiBfliBYfiifivfBiBaBBBV bvl aaWfr'rf'HBBuL KaVurlxBt Jh9HL 'ZiEjEmt9kP TIMOTHY BOTTOMS AS ADAM TRASK AND JANE SEYMOUR AS KATHY in a scene from 'East of an ABC three part movie that starts Sunday I i IBBBBBBBBBWHSBBBBBawnBBBBBBBBBBlBBBBBBBBa KapaBBIftaaaajappaH IBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBVtaBBBBBBBBXB)EiB LfaBBBBBBBUBBBBBBBBBBBBaBBBBBBBBBH iBaaMnBKaBMBFSSufiaWiBIHBaBmBBBBssH "r'V961BHBBBBBBBaBW 5 S'k pUHUttLuJCBHBW AlBBBBL. VH njVvfllB ijiffi JmVt' fc ZKKLLBJ0Kk 'y ii e. aBTSBPHPH" 3R Lc. Suzanne 's job gamble backfires TODAY WKlal photo SUZANNE SOMERS HAS EARNED WRATH OF HER CO STARS move has relegated her to brief weekly scene on 'Three's Company By GARY DEEB SMCtal to TODAY Life is really tough for Suzanne Somers, the tacky cheesecake queen of "Three's Company." How tough is it? Well, it's so tough that herrole on "Three's Company' for the last three months has been a brief scene In which she phones from her mom's house in Fresno, to see how things are going while she's out of town.

In order to tape that scene every week, Somers walks into the "Three's Company" studio, picks up her script, gets made up quickly, walks onto an auxiliary stage, grabs a prop telephone and recites her lines. According to inside sources at ABC and the producers of the program, that situation will continue through this spring, when the TV season ends. What's happening? It's very simple: Suzanne Somers has gotten too big for her britches. Last fall, acting on the advice of her husband, commercial announcer Al Hamel, she decided to demand $150,000 per episode of "Three's Company" a sixfold increase from her present salary. ABC refused to cave in, so Somers showed up for work only sporadically, claiming an injured rib.

ABC officials and the producers of "Three's Company" got mad. They told Somers and Hamel that Suzanne had better keep coming to work or face a breach of contract suit. Furthermore, they reduced, Suzanne's role as 'Chrissy to a phone in each week. And ABC hired another large breasted young woman to occupy the area of Suzanne's greatest expertise. So Somers gets a minute of exposure every week, while her "stand in" develops a following of her own.

And "Three's Company" continues rolling along. People close to Somers say she's very disturbed about the treatment she's receiving. She's even more worried about her sudden lack of visibility on prime time television. A few more months of this and Suzanne could become eligible for a nostalgia special. Last week, when Somers popped up with Rona Barrett on NBC's late night "Tomorrow Show," she seemed ready to fall apart.

It's clear that she fears for her career, now that ABC has called her bluff. Moreover, Somers' fight with ABC has turned her co stars John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt against her. Since October, neither Ritter nor DeWitt will speak with Somers. Both performers also refuse to work with her when she shows up for her mini taping sessions. They believe that she has "inconvenienced" and jeopardized the program, thus also endangering their own earning power.

When Somers arrives at the building, she is met by a security guard who whisks her into a small, out of the way dressing room. There, her script is waiting for her. She gets a quick shot. of makeup and is hustled into a small soundstage far removed from the set where the rest of the program gets taped. She utters her few lines, waits for final approval from the control room and then gets ushered right back out of the building.

"I suppose it makes her feel like a non person," one network man close to the situation remarked. "Well, so be it. She behaved badly, she thought we'd jump through hoops for her, she listened too much to her husband. Let me tell you nearly every actor in television' can be replaced. But in the case of Suzanne Somers, she's so easy to replace it's pathetic.

She just overplayed her hand." Meanwhile on the set of "Three's Company," a source explained: "This is a very delicate situation, but we expect Suzanne to live up to the terms of her contract. After this season, she has one year remaining and we plan to hold her to it. And there are no plans to restore her role to what it used to be. I think this is the way it's gonna be for the long haul." If Somers is smart, she'll straighten things out with the "Three's Company" crowd, even if it means apol ogizlng profusely. The woman can't act, sing or vdance and she often has trouble even talking Her recent motion 'pictures.

"Nothing Personali" was a major box office disaster. This would be a perfect time for her to come back down to earth and maybe continue making a few bucks before she becomes a collector's item. John Barbour, the co host, co producer and head writer on "Real People," has filed a $20 million breach of contract suit against ABC and several producers Barbour contends that ABC's "That's Incredible" is a ripoff of a series he created for ABC called "National Graffiti" (which ABC never bought as a series). Jerry Dunphy, the Los, Angeles news anchor on whom the Ted Baxter character was partially based, is awaiting trial on a drunk driving charge. The KABC TV personality failed to pass two sobriety tests after police stopped his weaving car on Ventura Blvd.

in the San Fernando Valley. ABC is planning a TV movie based on the I He of the late Mae West has signed Annette O'Toole to play Tammy Wyr.ette in "Stand By Your Man." a film based on the soap opera life of the popular country singer Robert Walden (of the "Lou Grant" series) has started hosting an interview show for Premiere, the pay TV company And believe it or not, Joey Bishop is trying to get back on national TV with a syndicated "Super TV Bingo" game show. YHEAYER" mm Win, Hu flH "SUMMER SCHOOr I Ui ttinoolMoooUt uf II GALAXIN1A ft I roo Mo II I 4v I 50 mnttotcucxa fe ooooooooooo lP" A NOW IP tiP Witt NOW PLAYING SENSATIONS mioplMying Cry for Cindy Open 10 AM Dally Sunday 3 PM dupthroXt I rt. rft I 150 Cocoa Bch Cswy SR 5201 Block East 0IA1A 784 4756 BftOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM jfn i la jSarflft wrfy qulu HHi VI jU. jyyftYttl BBtWBBBBBI ttBBtWtt 4 admission niivj7rA IBrawwi ZAYttHAZA MHJOUUNt 723 8622 IB A IIIUHou Comnh BHFRMMI LH FIRST FAMILY mintTVUm I I BotNawluilGlldafladnar WUASmQH twciiiaiiiaim.M..iMimi.nni:ill 11 fnw.wm muauii 7j 6570 Mfc My They're Back! mhind glass sank bcw 'BB CHEECHtCflONCS IMMJIMiUI MEXT MOVIE fl.To.A YM ffi SfMUSkMOwSMtUifMM iai Ijrt attlC (PONES DIXON BLVO COCOA 631 1236 Pfl HOPSCOTCH WIB lijII'ViH rV aJA Waltrr Malthaa r.u I.

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