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The Lot ran in 2001 beginning in January on the AMC Cable Network.
The Hollywood star system of the 1930's took a ribbing in this period comedy, which appropriately ran on AMC, the modern home of many films of that era ( Remember this was in 2001 folks. lol).Each episode opened with " gossip of the day" from boozy columnist Leticia DeVine( Holland Taylor), then segued into the behind-the-scene story at Silver Screen Pictures. The original boss of the studio was Harry Sylver( Allan Garfield), ousted by playboy/mogul Roland ( Jonathan Frakes) after a few to many flops and replaced with his brother Leo ( Victor Raider-Wexler). Leo and scheming publicist Jack( Perry Stephens) had their hands full covering up the real life peccadillos of their stars -June( Linda Cardellini), a fresh-faced 17 year old hopeful who turned into a diva overnight; Rachel ( Kim Rhodes), her rival; and Victor ( Victor Webster), a former stuntman with a secret morphine addiction.Stories included Rachael's romantic triangle with Victor and screen-writer Charlie ( Steven Petrarca); June's distress when she discovered that her father was legendary swashbuckler and Hollywood lothario Colin Rhome ( Michael York), a fact hidden from her by her protective stage mom, Mary ( Stephanie Faracy); and the studio's efforts to make a hit film , including one portaying Oscar Wilde as a lusty heterosexual. " Hollywood ," observed seen it all Mary, " is a sunny place, filled with shady people where stars twinkle until they wrinkle."
A special 4-episode preview of The Lot was telecast on AMC on August 19-20, 1999 more than a year before the launch of the series, which then lasted for only 13 additional episodes.
Here are some biography's of the stars of "The Lot"
Victor Raider-Wexler has an array of experience in film, television and theater. Most recently he has had a recurring role as Captain Shaw in the hit ABC series "Two Guys and a Girl." He has also made
appearances in "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Family Law," "Stark Raving Mad," "The Jaime Fox Show," "Seinfeld," "Caroline in the City" and "ER." Along with an award for Best Actor in 1999 at the Brussels International Festival of Independent Film for his performance in the film JOHN, he has appeared in such films as THE ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE MOVIE and THE STORY OF US. He has also appeared in Tom Clancy's "Net Force" and "The Liz Taylor Story." His theater credits include Gypsy, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Best Friend and Six Degrees of Separation.
With a bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University and a master's degree from Temple University in acting, Kim Rhodes has performed in Twelfth Night, Henry V, Taming of the Shrew, Pollyanna, and
Richard II. Her television experience includes co-starring in NBC's "Stark Raving Mad," a series regular on "Another World," and a guest appearance on the WB's "Movie Stars," CBS" "Martial Law" and "Star Trek: Voyager."
Victor Webster has had recurring roles in the daytime dramas "Days of Our Lives" and "Sunset Beach." He has appeared in various commercials, and theater productions through Saddleback
College and Cabrillo playhouse.
With training at The Royal National Theatre and at The American Conservatory Theater, Linda Cardellini has achieved a talent for acting that has made the entertainment industry take notice. Her star-quality has
earned her recurring roles in television shows such as the upcoming NBC series "Freaks and Geeks," "Guys Like Us," "Boy Meets World," "Bone Chillers," and starring guest appearances on "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Step by Step," "Clueless," and "Promised Land." She has also had prominent roles in the films "Dead Man on Campus," and "Good Burger." Linda is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where she appeared in various stage productions.
Known for his role as Commander William Riker on the Emmy Award winning television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Jonathan Frakes comes to "The Lot" with a wealth of experience under
his belt. An experienced actor with film and television credits, he has had starring roles in the films "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Star Trek: First Contact." Off screen, Frakes' talents extend into the world of motion picture directing. Having directed both "Star Trek" films, along with various episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager," and "Diagnosis Murder," he is now in the process of producing "Total Recall II" for Dimension Films and "Steve Was Here" for Columbia Pictures, through his production company Goepp Circle Productions. Over the years, Frakes has won critical acclaim for his performances in the mini-series "Dream West" and "North and South." He most recently hosted the FOX Television special "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction."
Perry Stephens can be most noted for his role as Jack Forbes on the daytime drama series "Loving" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." However, his other credits include not only television appearances, but also
span the categories of film, theater, and music. Besides his guest appearances on "Frasier" and "Wings," he has had starring roles in the films "Grizzly Mountain" and "Two Bits and Pepper," as well as supporting roles in "Ghost Writer" and "The Godson." On stage he has headlined in "Barbershop and Broadway" at Carnegie Hall and had prominent roles in "Dr. Bartolo," "Li'l Abner," "The Will Rogers Follies," "Annie Get Your Gun," and "Guys and Dolls." He received three Drama-logue Performance Awards and two Theatre LA Ovation Award nominations.
Holland Taylor's credits include work both on the small and big screen. She has had regular roles on such popular shows as "The Naked Truth," "The Powers that Be," "Harry," "Bosom Buddies," "Me and
Mom," and "Beacon Hill." Taylor's film credits include: "The Truman Show," "George of the Jungle," "One Fine Day," "To Die For," "How to Make an American Quilt," "Alice," "She's Having a Baby," "Romancing the Stone," and "Fame."
Over a 30-year career, Allen Garfield has had roles in 60 films. A child prodigy, he became involved in the entertainment industry at the age of eight. A gifted actor and teacher, Garfield secretly
coached Marlon Brando for his groundbreaking role in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and later for his Oscar®-winning performance in "On the Waterfront." His own acting career broke ground in the late sixties with his role opposite Robert De Niro in "Greetings." Garfield is best known for his performance in such films as Francis Ford Coppola's "the Conversation," Wim Wenders' "The State of Things," Robert Altman's "Nashville," Richard Rush's "The Stunt Man," and Michael Ritchie's "The Candidate." Garfield is a Life Member of The Actors Studio. He is also a founding director of The Actors Shelter in Los Angeles where he has taught actors, writers, and directors since 1982. His first long-term student was Oscar®-winning director Quentin Tarantino, with whom he has now done two films. He studied acting for years in New York under Lee Strasberg, Harold Olurman, Elia Kazan, and Jack Garfien at the Actors Studio, and is currently a charter member of the Saturday Master Class in Beverly Hills.
A Review Of The Lot
'The Lot': AMC series
captures '30s Hollywood
Saga of rising starlet in early Tinseltown
By Andrew Wallenstein
From 1996 to 1998 the American Movie Classics cable network added "Remember WENN," an original series about the radio biz in the 1930s, to its mix of cinematic golden oldies. "WENN" was a perfectly nice program but it always seemed strange for the channel concentrating on movies not to set a series in Hollywood.
AMC’s new and only original series, "The Lot" (two episodes air every Thursday and Friday, 8-9 p.m., beginning tonight), is a more natural fit.
Set in the studio system that dominated Hollywood in the 1930s, the series has the same high quality as "WENN" and better aim at the network’s demographic of elder film fans. Only four episodes have been filmed, but you can bet a good reception will prompt AMC to greenlight an additional 13 in the works.
Created by Rick Mitz, who has only the 1991 ABC summer series "Hi Honey, I’m Home" to his TV credits, "The Lot" traces the rocky rise of budding screen queen June Parker (Linda Cardellini). Not only are the story lines thinly veiled happenings in real-life cinematic history, but actual events like the Hindenburg disaster figure into the plot. Turns out Tinseltown was just as fascinating behind the camera as it was in front of it.
A lot of familiar faces in the cast, who look as if they are having a lot of fun with period costumes and rat-a-tat dialogue, boost "The Lot." Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Jeffrey Tambor ("The Larry Sanders Show") and Rue McClanahan ("Golden Girls") show in supporting roles around Cardellini, who has the inner glow and acting chops of a major talent. However, she is more likely to find stardom in her upcoming role on the NBC series "Freaks & Geeks." If "The Lot" gets picked up for more episodes, she may have to balance both jobs.
"The Lot" isn’t likely to bring new viewers to AMC, whose ratings would be infinitesimal even if Clark Gable came back from the dead. But the network could not have picked a better program to keep its core audience from straying. AMC fans are intensely loyal, judging from the small but devoted following "WENN" attracted in its short time on the air.
For a history of 1930's Hollywood go to http://www.filmsite.org/30sintro.html
For a look at the most beautiful actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age go to http://www.moviemaidens.com/
For The Hollywood Thirties Site go to http://hollywoodthirties.50webs.com/index.html
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