Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 10, 1975 · Page 79
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 79

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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Money, audience luring stars to children's programs By LEE MARGULIES LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parents "who wandefby the television set some Saturday morning this fall will be in for a surprise. They'll actually recognize some of the actors on the kiddie shows. f Starring in three new children's series will bp five well-known night time TV personalities: Jim Nabors, former'star:.6fj."Corner Pyle;" Bob Denver, former star of "Gilligan's Island,!' MThe.Good Guys" and;,"Dobie Gillis;"-'Huth · Buzzi. ex-regular on "Laugh-In," and Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch, who were sidekicks on "F Troop." , · ; . . - . - - . And Bill Cosby will be host new episodes of "fat: Albert and the Cosby Kids." . |'··.'.,' ^ ·;.-.· All say they are excited, fry the , work and brush aside cynics "who ·· ' say a Saturday morning series is something to be ashamed of.'spme;- ·": how representing their inability to get more respectable jobs. . ". Instead, they and their producers , maintain, there is a new willingness in the acting community to do children's television. : It is inspired partly by the prestige that now goes with a quality · kids' show like "Sesame Street," ' . partly by the chance to do the type . of slapstick comedy, which prime = time doesn't go in for anymore, and partly by hard times. . "Why should performing in the morning make you less of an actor '-at night?'Masks Miss Buzzi: ."".. · Says Nabbrs, her.costar in '"The . ^/Lost Saucer":;on, ABC; /·- :' ; 'i'I'lbv«'to"'entertajh;childreni'.-". ^; pr^babl^ni6re'thih adultsV They're'·';;·' lin and Laurel and Hardy, with the emphasis on action rather than conversation. The general attitude of these actors -- at least for the public record -- is best summed up by the most experienced of them: Tucker, 58, who has acted in more than 100 films and has appeared in such stage plays as "The Music Man" and!"That Championship Season." 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Lost Saucer" features "Nabors and Miss Buzzi as Fum and Fi, ···· two friendly androids who,.land their flying saucer on earth, invite a 9-year-old boy and his 15-year-old babysitter aboardr and then get scared away by police.. The saucer passes through a time warp and the .·four spend)d6 episodes traveling in :the futuren- " ; ''.'·-·· :v"Far Out Space Nuts'· on ; CBS . ;has Denver and Ghuck McCann as two NASA foodloaders who board a space module at'Cape Canaveral and accidentally push "launch" - instead of "'lunch."It -blasts them to a strange planet w-here they will spend :i5"episodes fending off mys : terious habitants and attempting to get tfe rocket working again'. ; In "the Ghost Busters" on CBS, Tucker and Storch,Tably assisted by a gorilla, are detectives who each 'week receive a "Mission: Impossible" type of.assignment to go to a' haunted house and send the ghosts and monsters packing. Why go for big names on chil- children's shows? For the same reason as on any other television series -- they at. tract an audience, says. Marty Krofft.-. i : - . . He-and-his brother, Sid, are producers of "Far Out Space Nuts," 10/1975 "The Lost Saucer";, and the reign : ing Saturday^morning champ, '';Laniabf.theXpst'' "...,.-. ;. '"Stars: are a help.even when they.'re riot known fo^everyonei'' Ki-offt expiaihs; "You:-get;a'great : ',. performance, you get^depeiidabili-; tyY you get' acceptance from the. parents!,;.;'',.·'.[-,:-. .''.·".'.;·..,/,'.'.···.·'· rAndi'^he'aclds wryly,', giesturing toward'.th'e interviewer, '.'you get" interest from ;the press,." He says.he's never had trouble . getting well-known personalities to do his shows, although he admits to. sweetening the deals for Nabors- : , and Denver by offering to try to develop ; hight time series for them. Over at Filmation Studios, where -"The Ghost Busters" and "Fat Albert" are made, studio heads Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer say there is no reason many entertain-; ers who appeal to adults.can't also be a hit with children if put; in the| right vehicle. ' ''· . "There are some actors who say: - Saturday morning is a graveyard," Prescott says. "But there are other actbrs.who say'it's a whole differ, ent audience of 35 millionkids who; have nothing to do with anything- else and isn't it great to be a star; with that audience." | : Another appeal, these men say, is} that the actors work for eight or 10 . .weeks and:reap personal appear-' ahces and other benefits for a:cou- · pie of years--since all Saturday morning netwprk shows are repeated five or r six times regardless of the ratings. Filmation already is at work developing a children's series for Dick Van Dyke and several other stars whose names Prescott and scheimer say they .don't want to reveal right now. Larry Storch points .out another reason for the spiraling interest among actors in Saturday morning children's series. ; "The economic thing dictates ; what, actors have to do," h: says. .'/-'It's not pick and choose anymore.;, Remember the time when no actor w6uld\be caught dead "doing coni : . : I mercials? Nowyou'vegdtLordOli-;' vier- selling cameras;":^- ''"·'··: : .- ·: ; 'But the stars of these.three new" series say what;lured:them more;: I than anything else was Oie chance '. I to cut loose ahdTiave some fun. "It's the only area left in televi- :..1 | sion where you can do sight comedy," says McCann, who probably is best known to TV viewers for his "hi, guy" deodorant commercials of a few years back.' _ McCann compares what he and. Denver are doing to the old two- reel film comedies of Charlie Chap- BELOW GROUND HXHKITS '2785" POOLS mCL. EAST TO FOUOW HSTtUCf MRS OO-IT-YOUISEIF ; V'1349"! · · . POOLS NOW ON DISPLAY! WARRIOR SWIMMING POOL CO. 2141 MacCORKLE AVE. ST. ALBANS W. 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