Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gordon Thomson takes on the "Ladies of the House," while Joanna Miles steps into Jesse Stone's town

It's like a tribute to classic stars: Lance Henriksen, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Donna Mills, Florence Henderson, Michael Ensign ... and Gordon Thomson, our own Adam Carrington of "Dynasty" and third and final Mason Capwell of "Santa Barbara."

The 2008 TV movie "Ladies of the House" stars all of those and more. Thomson plays Richard in the movie, classified as in postproduction. It's a drama directed by James A. Contner and written by Karen Struck.

Meanwhile, over in the "Dallas" realm ... We love the Jesse Stone series of movies, originating on CBS and also frequently airing on the Hallmark Channel. The occasional flicks, starring former Detroit boy Tom Selleck, focus on a tough big-city cop who takes a job as the police chief in a sleepy small town as he deals with divorce and his own indulgent alcoholism. Selleck is hot-hot-hot in this series, and now the latest movie installment is in postproduction: "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice."

This time, there's an attempt on the life of Stone's close friend and colleague, and he almost loses his job over it. Joanna Miles, whom we know as Martha Randolph on "Dallas," takes a spin in Jesse Stone's world for this one, playing Mrs. Steinberg, a woman who helps Stone search for a missing child. Kathy Baker of "Picket Fences" and Camryn Manheim are also along for the ride. The movies are based on books by Robert B. Parker.

There's no indication yet on an airdate, though the Sony Pictures production was filming in Halifax, Nova Scotia, late last year. has a little more.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Earle Hagen, who composed music for "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died at age 88. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Philadelphia Inquirer are two of the papers running an appreciation.

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