New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
TV department store opens its doors Saturday
ms ANGELES (AP) - "Berrenger’s,” NBC’s new nighttime soap opera set in a department store, is throwing open its doors just in time for after-Christmas and January white sales.
The new serial, from the people who brought you “Dallas” and “Knots landing ” makes its debut Saturday with a 90-minute pilot episode. Thereafter, the show will be seen on Saturday at 9 p.m. CST.
Sam Wanamaker stars as Simon Berrenger, who turned a little dry g> ods store into one of New York’s most posh department stores. He heads an all-star cast who bring to the show all the necessary elements of
greed, chicanery, thievery, treachery, lust and debauchery necessary to keep a soap opera boiling.
The pilot tells a lively story that introduces all the characters and gets everything into motion. Diana Gould is the creator-producer for Lorimar Productions, and she is backed by executive producer David Jacobs. It is tightly plotted like all Lorimar shows, but in addition has all the glamor of “Dynasty.”
Yvette Mimieux and TV series veterans Jeff Conaway and Ben Murphy are among those featured in the cast.
The series is the first for Wanamaker, a veteran stage and film actor. He has also made many guest ap
pearances on television, such as "Holocaust,” and most recently as the doctor in "Heartsounds.”
“I’d always said no before, because I had so many other things going and it would disrupt my lifestyle,” said Wanamaker, who makes his home in london but lives with his oldest daughter whenever he works in Ix>s Angeles.
“I was now prepared to confront a series. My children were grown. I’d been coming back to America regularly and was prepared to spend more time in L.A. I thought it might be good at this stage of my career and might open other opportunities.”
Wanamaker was born in Chicago to Russian-emigrant parents, and when he went into acting he changed his name from Watenmaker to Wanamaker. He used the money from his first film, “My Girl Tisa,” to buy his parents a home in Los Angeles. That's the house his daughter now lives in.
“I’ve lived in london more or less permanently since the 1950s,” said Wanamaker, who keeps his American citizenship. "My youngest daughter was born there and has dual citizenship. My middle daughter is with the Royal Shakespeare Company and was on Broadway several years ago. house.
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Some may return to haunt artists
NASHVILLE. Tenn. < AP) — The rage for videos to accompany the hottest songs on the charts has hit Music City, but the country music world is looking a bit askance at the flashy art form.
Film production companies have made Tennessee’s capital city a “Little Hollywood’’ for creating the video vignettes for a handful of syndicated television shows that feature country film clips.
All the hoopla has some Nashville music executives intrigued - and worried.
"I’m afraid some of these videos may come back and haunt the artists." said Jim Owen, a leading Nashville television producer. “These artists could be turning off their fans, and I don’t think they’re really thinking it through."
Owen, who has produced syndicated TV specials
for I^arry Gatlin, Conway Twitty and Janie Fricke, said country musicians should remember that their audiences usually don’t watch Music Television (MTV), the 24-hour-a-day, all-rock cable TV service.
“Feedback so far shows that country music fans not only dislike MTV, they detest it," Owen said. “We spend too much time in country music trying to look like MTV, and it’s going to hurt us.”
Deborah Allen’s high-energy “Rockin’ Little Christmas" — complete with break dancing, a hot pink outfit and the lights of New York City — was filmed for BCA Records by the video director for pop star Billy Joel.
Miss Allen, whose biggest hit was “Baby I Lied," said her first video is designed for people who enjoy all types of music — not just country.
“Whether ifs country or rock or whatever, people react to a product on the basis of whether ifs good or bad. And this is a good video that I’m very proud of," Miss Allen said.
RCA vice president Joe Galante agrees. The entertainment industry, he said, should realize country music fans have grown up and are more sophisticated.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve flown over farms and seen satellite dishes in the backyards of people raising cows," said Galante.
Galante, who works with artists such as Milsap, Alabama and Waylon Jennings, said that other than a few artists. MTV and the rest of the music industry haven’t recognized Nashville’s endeavors to blend sight and sound.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) The year was 1968. Elvis Presley. “The King" of rock ’n' roll, the living legend, had long ago gone Hollywood — putting aside TV and records for unexceptional but lucrative movies. At 33. he was facing a TV comeback.
"I sensed a great fear in Elvis of going on TV and failing," recalls Steve Binder who became Elvis' producer for his important “comeback special."
“He had not been on the record charts for a couple of years, and the movies were just about over," says Binder. “... he told me the people had made hun. He hadn’t been on TV iii ll) years and he was unsure whether they would accept him again."
Accept him they did. but the NBL special that audiences saw then was just a fraction of what had been taped. The rest, it was believed, had been thrown away.
Now, 16 years later, an extra hour of Elvis, rediscovered in a vault at NBC, is being aired for
the first time in its entirety as a Home Box Office special to mark what would have been Elvis’ 50th birthday.
“It’s like discovering a bank account you didn’t know you had opened," says Binder. “Here is one hour of the man, with no frills, .showing why he was so special... It’s the greatest tribute that could be paid to him."
The HRO special, "Elvis: One Night With You,” which will be shown seven times braining Saturday and including his birthday Tuesday, is an invaluable addition to the Presley legend.
It is essentially an improvisation, a jam session on a bare stage with Elvis and his faithful backup men singing the songs they loved best.
The result is electrifying, an intimate glimpse of Elvis at ease, lean and handsome in a black leather suit, cracking jokes, talking music and, most of all, singing iii a voice at the peak of its power only nine years before his death.
There are renditions of, "That’s All Right
Mama,” "Heartbreak Hotel," “Lawdy Miss Clawdy," “Trying to Get to You" and one never recorded by Elvis, “Going Up. Going Down," that capture the gutsy rhythm 'n blues origins of Elvis’ sound.
Binder, who was 23 in 1968 and who has since become an Emmy winning producer of multiple TV specials with top stars, clearly treasures his brief time with Elvis.
The improvisation, he recalls, was “an afterthought," added to the more traditional, big-production special.
"Elvis lived at NBG for a week when we were taping," Binder recalls. “Every night after the show, Elvis would get rn the dressing room with the musicians and they would start singing old R ’n B songs. I thought, If only I had a hidden camera in there.’ That was the germ of the idea."
After much coaxing, Elvis and his manager, Col. Tom Parker, agreed to tape an informal jam session.
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Olympic athletes tie the knot
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Runner Mary Decker and British discus thrower Richard Sianey, w ho carried her off the Olympic track after her stunning collision with Zeta Budd during the Summer Gaines, greeted the New Year at the altar.
The couple were wed earlier this week in a 20-ininute private church ceremony at the First United Methodist Church.
Ms. Decker. 26. wore a white satin gown with veil and carried a bouquet of flowers. Sianey, 28, wore a black tuxedo.
Track star Alberto Salazar was a groomsman and drove the couple to the Eugene Hilton hotel for a reception after the wedding.
Many other athletes, as well as Ms. Decker’s coach. Dick Brown, were among the 250 people who witnessed the wedding.
The church choir sang “Amazing Grace" during the ceremony officiated by the Rev Fred Kane.
It was Ms. Decker’s second marriage and Slaney’s first. Ms. Decker was married for two years to marathon runner Hon Tabb before their divorce in 1983
Ms. Decker’s collision with Ms. Budd, a South African running for Great Bntian at the I^>s Angeles Olympic Games, dashed her hopes for a gold medal in the women’s 3,000 meters.
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Rose Queen, the first black to hold that title since the Tournament of Roses began almost BO years ago, says her selection was a result of her qualifications, not her color.
“When I became the first black Rose Queen, there were those who said I was part of a trend, and They’re going to pick her now because ifs time for a black queen,’” Kristina Kaye Smith, a 20-year-old Pasadena Community College student, said after the annual parade.
“I wasn’t chosen because I was black, but because I was the best,” she said, adding that she was surprised at the hoopla that greeted her selection.
“I didn’t even know there wasn’t a black Rose Queen before me,” she said. “But now that I’ve made it so many black girls have come up to me, and told me they’re now encouraged to try out because they feel they have a chance."
1985 makes Pia Zadora a mother
NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Pia Zadora has named her new daughter Kady in honor of the young woman Ms. Zadora played in the 1980 film “Butterfly.”
Kady, seven pounds, IO ounces, was born two hours into 1985 at I^enox
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Hill Hospital, said Tino Barzie, the 28-year-old actress’ manager.
"They are fine. They’re doing fantastic," Barzie said. Ms. Zadora “has not stopped talking, she’s so excited.”
It is the first child for Ms. Zadora and her husband. Meshulam Riklis,