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The Hogan Family aired from March 1986 until July 1991 on NBC and CBS.
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A Review from The New York Times
TV REVIEW; 'VALERIE,' NEW SERIES WITH HARPER OPN NBC
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: February 28, 1986
UNABLE to schedule its two biggest hits, ''The Cosby Show'' and ''Family Ties,'' seven nights a week (although an effort is indeed being made with ''floating'' special editions of the shows), NBC is now turning its attention to the inevitable ploy of producing reasonable facsimiles. The network has a new series called ''Valerie,'' which stars Valerie Harper, but seems equally preoccupied with young Jason Bateman, who seems to have learned everything he knows from watching Michael J. Fox in ''Family Ties.'' The TV machine chugs on, shamelessly.
Although ''Valerie'' will be seen regularly on Monday at 8:30 P.M., it is being given a ''sneak preview'' tomorrow night at 8:30. This is another one of those family series in which parents struggle gamely to be ''friends'' with their children. The kids are precocious. Mom and dad are winningly childlike. They all meet somewhere in the middle, somewhere around age 14. Valerie Hogan has three sons: the 11-year-old nonidentical twins, serious Mark (Jeremy Licht) and cutup Willie (Danny Ponce), and 16-year-old David (Mr. Bateman). For some reason - perhaps Miss Harper has enough to do competing with Mr. Bateman - Valerie's husband, Michael (Josh Taylor), is an airline pilot who spends most of his time away from home on long overseas flights. Valerie also has a dog named Murray (Murray) and a dizzy neighbor named Barbara (Christine Ebersole).
In this preview - written by Charlie Hauck, creator of the show, and directed by James Burrows (''Taxi,'' ''Cheers'') - Valerie, after quickly kissing her husband goodbye, discovers that son David is going out with a 24-year-old woman named Lisa (Lisa Sutton). Deciding to be reasonable and stay friends with her son, Valerie invites Lisa to lunch. Lisa, girlishly wearing bobby socks and a bow in her hair, arrives with a wrapped gift of Windex and a goofy laugh that, as Valerie notes, sounds as if she is wounded.
Mom orders her son to drop this woman friend, warning that ''if you defy me on this, I can't be your mother in the same way anymore.'' Of course, this being sitcom land, no moderately sane viewer is going to doubt that David will ''do the right thing.'' At one point, Mr. Burrows, a director clearly in need of some extra gimmicks, gets Murray the dog to run across the set with an empty ice-cream container in his mouth. The laugh track is turned up appreciatively.
It is always a pleasure to watch Miss Harper do wonders with her sense of timing in delivering a gag line, but this time around she is forced to prop up a somewhat limp situation almost single-handedly. She veers between being sharply astute and soppily sentimental as she goes through old family photo albums. In trying to be friends with everyone, ''Valerie'' succeeds only in losing its comedic focus. Perhaps it is only a matter of giving the characters a chance to settle down and establish themselves. Monday's episode shows considerable improvement. When asked if she ever ''shares experiences'' with her little daughter, Valerie's friend Barbara proudly responds that ''last week I let her watch while I fired the housekeeper.'' Maybe the show is a bit more pointed than it is letting on.
An Article from The New York Times
ALBANY TV STATION CANCELS NBC SHOW OVER CONDOM ISSUE
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 8, 1987
The NBC-TV affiliate in Albany, WNYT, has canceled its Sunday broadcast of the situation comedy ''Valerie'' because the episode deals with condoms, a network spokesman said. Three other stations, including WVIT in West Hartford, Conn., are delaying the broadcast beyond prime time.
''We do not believe the subject matter is appropriate for all family viewing,'' Al Bova, manager of WVIT-TV in West Hartford, said Friday after the programming change was announced.
Of 210 affiliated stations nationwide, only the Albany station was canceling the program, the network spokesman in Manhattan, Curt Block. said. He said that WVIT-TV and stations in Dallas and Charleston, S.C., were delaying the broadcast beyond prime time.
The ''Valerie'' episode deals with a teen-ager's purchase of condoms for an expected sexual encounter. 'A Very Serious Subject'
''I think it's a very serious subject that the 'Valerie' program is dealing with,'' Mr. Block said. He said network affiliate stations need network permission to delay a broadcast but can pre-empt one without permission.
Mr. Bova, whose station is the largest NBC affiliate in Connecticut, said the regular 8:30 P.M. Sunday telecast of ''Valerie,'' starring the actress Valerie Harper, would be delayed until midnight ''for those who wish to watch the show.'' An old episode of ''Rhoda,'' which also stars Ms. Harper, will be broadcast at 8:30 instead, Mr. Bova said.
An Article from The New York Times
CONDOMS, AIDS AND MORALS: NEW CONCERN ALTERS DEBATE
By JOSEPH BERGER
Published: February 12, 1987
The increasing public discussion of the condom, a birth-control device that was once an unmentionable in many homes, has stirred debate among educators, religious leaders and parents.
Efforts to advertise condoms on television and distribute them at college campuses have offended many people who said they thought such steps would lead to an atmosphere of sexual permissiveness. But others support the new openness about the subject, arguing that condoms are important in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS.
Joyce E. Weinstein, a Manhattan artist who is the mother of a college student and a high school student, said she was pleased that condoms were being handed out at college campuses and added that high school students should be educated about their use as well. Teen-Agers and Sex
''People are afraid to say teen-agers in high school have sex,'' she said. ''But they do. It's normal. So let's teach our kids to take care of themselves.''
A 28-year-old graduate student in business at Northwestern University, James M. Smith, said, ''During my undergraduate days at Brown University, women could get a diaphragm or birth-control pills, so I don't see this as being a whole lot different. ''
A spokesman for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Russell Shaw, warned that condom advertising would implicitly advocate contraception, which the church opposes, and would encourage promiscuity rather than self-discipline among the young people who may watch such programs. Values and Role of Parents
''The responsibility for instructing children forming their attitudes and values is essentially a responsibility that belongs to parents,'' he said. ''No one has a right to pre-empt that role.''
There is no doubt that the condom, a birth-control device whose purchase became an initiation rite for generations of adolescents and remained a sometimes embarrassing drugstore encounter for many adults, has been the focus of increasing attention.
At Columbia University's student health service, vending machines that dispense condoms for 50 cents apiece were installed a year ago in three of the men's and women's bathrooms.
Televisions stations in San Francisco, Washington and Detroit, WMCA Radio in New York and a number of newspapers and magazines announced recently that they would accept condom advertisements.
The CBS television program ''Cagney and Lacey,'' and the NBC program ''Valerie'' have recently portrayed mothers discussing sexual responsibility with their sons and the episodes specifically mentioned condoms. Experts Fuel Interest in Condoms
The reason for the new interest, almost everyone agrees, is the belief by some experts that condoms provide a helpful barrier against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Condoms, rubber sheaths named after an 18th-century physician, and made for men to use, appeared to lose favor in recent decades because of the popularity of birth-control pills, diaphragms and other devices. These products, made for women to use, appeared to be more convenient or were not felt to interfere as much with sexual pleasure.
But the AIDS epidemic is reviving discussion about the condom and interest has snowballed since November, when Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called the condom the best safeguard, short of abstinence, against AIDS.
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which cripples the body's immune system, is spread primarily through sexual intercourse or exchanges of blood. It has largely infected male homosexuals and intravenous-drug users, but about 4 percent of the cases in the United States are thought to have been trasmitted by heterosexual sex. Groups Support Condom Ads
Most liberal Protestant groups and Reform and Conservative Jewish groups do not oppose contraception, and some have supported advertising and distribution of condoms in schools as disease preventatives.
Mr. Shaw, of the bishops' conference, argued that AIDS has given condom manufacturers and family planning groups a pretext by which to gain the entry into the media they had been seeking for years.
The more liberal religious point of view was dramatized last weekend when a Unitarian Universalist minister in a suburb of Buffalo distributed condoms to his congregation during worship. Schools Broaden Distribution
As a result of concern over AIDS, Columbia, Princeton and Rutgers Universities have broadened efforts to distribute condoms and inform students about their use. In several weeks, Rutgers plans to give away 15,000 condoms.
Columbia's student-run campus grocery store has carried condoms for more than five years. ''They are quite openly displayed and people can buy condoms as well as buying their yogurts and soda,'' said Dr. Richard G. Carlson, director of the University Health Service. He said condoms were openly displayed so that students would not feel they were making ''an exotic kind of purchase.''
But the health service has lately installed condom vending machines as well and distributed booklets to all students on safe sexual practices. ''I don't feel it encourages promiscuity,'' said Dr. Carlson. ''Young people are going to have sex, and I think it is our job to make the sex safe.''
Dr. Louis A. Pyle, director of Princeton Health Services, said the school's warnings about AIDS ''would be more effective by making the condoms available in our clinics and it gives us an opportunity to give instruction in their proper use.'' Other Ivy League schools, he said, decided to distribute condoms on campus well before Princeton.
At New York University, the Offices of Student Life recently began a workshop about AIDS, safe sex and condoms. The workshop teaches the students about the history of other sexually transmitted diseases as well as AIDS. Those talks are followed by discussions of safe sex and the use of condoms.
Only a pilot group of 70 students have taken part so far. Workshops are planned for the fraternities and sororities on campus, in the school's dormitories, as well as for commuter students. Television Station Shows Ad
Until this year, no television station in the country, it is believed, accepted condom advertising. But in mid-January, KRON-TV of San Francisco began to use such commercials, saying it would donate profits to AIDS research.
KRON is running a 15-second commercial that depicts a box of Trojan condoms. An announcer's voice tells of the Surgeon General's statements endorsing condoms and adds: ''This is a box of Trojans. Use it in good health. Trojan. For all the right reasons.'' James Griffin, director of broadcast operations for WJLA in Washington, said the station reached its decision after it was approached by the makers of Trojan condoms. ''We think that public health considerations override the moral questions raised by those who disagree with the decisions,'' he said.
The station is to run only ads that deal with condoms as a disease preventative, not as a contraceptive. It plans to show the ads after 11:30 P.M.
The new direction by local television stations has won a good deal of support among ordinary viewers.
A Columbia University student, Frances Schwartzkopff, said she was pleased. ''TV encourages everyone to go into bed, but it doesn't explain what to do once you get there,'' she said.
A Manhattan art dealer, a single woman who asked not to identified, said: ''There's an American puritanism which has precluded condom advertising. They're afraid that it's going to O.K. sexual permissiveness. That's not the issue. The important factor is that it stops unwanted pregnancies and stops the spread of AIDS.''
Susan Smirnoff, a spokeswoman for Carter-Wallace Inc., which manufactures Trojan, said that until the Surgeon General's statement, condom companies had been unsuccessful in advertising on television. ''That got the ball rolling and it really took off,'' she said. ''They thought maybe they ought to try a different ploy and see if they could run ads not directed toward birth-control use of a condom but disease-protection use of a condom.''
Trojan sales increased 20 percent in 1986 over 1985, though Ms. Smirnoff attributed the rise to Carter-Wallace's acquiring the Trojan brand in 1985 and improving marketing and distribution. The industry as a whole, she said, sold 325 million condoms in 1986, only a 3 percent increase over 1985, and total sales were $175 million.
Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times and U.S.A. Today, have all recently decided to accept condom advertsements. The Newspaper Advertising Bureau cautions that generally, the advertisements permitted emphasize the health features rather than erotic features of condoms.
The television networks, however, have so far declined to permit condom advertising. ''Contraceptive advertising would be offensive to the moral and religious beliefs of many of our viewers,'' said George Schweitzer, vice president for communication of the CBS Broadast Group. Local stations, more sensitive to their communities' standards, are more appropriate for such advertisements, he said.
An Article from USA TODAY
Published on September 21, 1987
Sandy, following in Valerie's footsteps
By Tom Green
HOLLYWOOD-Broadway musical veteran Sandy Duncan is poised for the most important tap dance of her career.
She's jumping into an established TV series created for another woman-an enormously popular woman-and into the spotlight of controversy generated when said woman was dumped from the show.
But Duncan is undaunted.
" God knows," Duncan says, " I built a career replacing people." On Broadway one actress stepping in for another is an honored tradition.
Her most visible replacement dutybegins tonight on NBC's Valerie's Family. Duncan fills the female lead spot left vacant when Valerie Harper, after weeks of contract disputes, was given her walking papers this summer.
" I like Valerie Harper," Duncan says. " I'm an admirer of her work."
Duncan who entered the '70s as one of TV's most promising stars and then watched helplessly as two series failed says she quickly took to the idea of playing Valerie's sister-in-law, Sandy Hogan.
" I was on top of a list with eight people, so if I didn't do it, someone else was going to."
The 41-year-old actress' first series, Funny Face won her an Emmy nomination but ended when she was stricken with a brain tumor that led to blindness in one eye. She departed Hollywood to do a club act after her second series, The Sandy Duncan Show failed.
" I just loathed television then," she says. " I was too young-23 or 24 when I was doing the initial series stuff. I look at ( series co-star)Jason Bateman, who is only 18. He's very poised . He can say no. I was trying to please everyone, and it drove me crazy."
Two marriages, including one to her eye doctor, had ended in divorce by 1978. But by 1980 Duncan was married again, to actor Don Correia, and scoring musical comedy success in New York, first with Peter Pan and later with her husband in My One and Only. The couple has two children.
Valerie producer Tom Miller, who had helped develop Funny Face, thought of her as a replacement for Harper, with job prospects on Broadway dim , she was in Hollywood developing a series with NBC.
" I'm not Miss Perky anymore," she says. " I've got energy, but I'm not perky. Much to NBC's relief, I think."
Network programming chief Brandon Tartikoff gave her the choice of continuing developing a new series or stepping into Valerie. If the latter failed , he said, NBC would cushion the fall with another series.
" I had an instinct about this," Duncan says. The network had already passed on a pilot called Act ll, in which she played a Broadway actress turned Sante Fe stepmother. And she wanted to work.
" I would like to experience what it's like to be in a successful television show. I had it for 13 weeks, but I wasn't ready for it. And it ended because of my tumor."
Her first day on the Valerie set, Duncan says, was tense.
" Everybody couldn't have been nicer, but it was a little airless. Everybody was trying to make each other comfortable. Nobody wanted to be disloyal to anybody else."
Duncan says the series is headed toward a more ensemble approach. Willard Scott has been added to the cast as the husband of Mrs. Poole ( Edie McClurg). Two chums for Bateman are being added. In a few weeks Duncan's character will take a job as a counselor in her nephew's high school, and she'll get a male friend as well as someone with whom to lock horns.
" I'm not going to stand there and chop things every week and lecture the boys."
Although she says she's optimistic about the show's future, she takes a philosophical approach ; if the show fails with her name attached to it, she's not going to take the blame.
" I may have to take the public responsibility for it, but I'll know it's not my fault. I've been in the business too long. It's never one person."
An Article from USA TODAY
Published on October 5, 1987
TELEVISION/BY MONICA COLLINS
Neighbors rescue 'Family'
Woe is Valerie's Family.
First, Mom reportedly demands more money, walks off the set, comes back, screams at the producers, gets killed. A lawsuit is pending.
Then Auntie Sandy ( Sandy Duncan) arrives from out of town. She cooks dinner, cleans and gives good advice.
Family submerges grief by pretending Mom never existed and Aunt Sandy is the mom they never knew.
And, now, this. A fire destroys the Hogan house in tonight's episode ( NBC, 8:30 p.m. EDT/PDT). Auntie Sandy, Dad and the boys cannot believe their streak of bad luck. Neither can any viewer tuning into this evolving melodrama expecting a good laugh.
But there's still Edie McClurg playing Mrs. Poole, the bereaved Hogan family's bubbly next door neighbor. And now Mrs. Poole finally has a husband, played by the irrepressible Willard Scott , the weatherman of NBC's Today.
While the clouds continue to gather over the Hogans, sunny Edie and the wacky weatherman should get their own spinoff-Valerie's Neighbors. They are a wonderful pair.
Scott's first appearance on Valerie's Family is little more than a cameo. He appears wearing a bathrobe in one scene, telling the burned out Hogans they can sleep on his Barcalounger.
Later he and McClurg prance through a scene wearing square-dance costumes again bidding the Hogans to make themselves at home-offering the homemade marshmellow Rice krispie bars for starters.
If he were alone in this first sitcom outing, Scott would probably bomb, since standing centerstage he seems stiff and occasionally ill at ease.
However, in tandem with spunky McClurg, Scott has a comic partner who brings out all his raw, robust potential.
Willard Scott-for whom the weather seems only an excuse to do some clowning around-may have found his calling.
An Article from TV Guide ( Apr. 23-29, 1988 Ed.)
The Many Moods of Jason Bateman
The hot young star of Valerie's Family is by turns, charming, rude, unaffected and self-absorbed
By Michael Danahy
There's a lot to hate about Jason Bateman, the brash young star of NBC's Valerie's Family. He's hot, hip and handsome. He's unarguably gifted , incredibly lucky and highly paid. And he's only 19.
There's also much to adore, according to network hotshots, his family and friends. Fellow workers, cast members, crew, writers, directors and producers all chant a hymm to his virtues. His sister, Justine Bateman of NBC's top-rated Family Ties, joins in the praise of her kid brother: " He's one of a kind. There's nothing cliche about Jason."
She's right. Unlike the stereotypical Tinseltown teenager , who presents a plaster of Paris smile and a press-prepared persona, Jason ( if and when he gets there) presents a privileged but ordinary adolescent-zits and all.
We're on the set of Jason's first feature film, " Teen Wolf Too." A low-key Bateman alternates between filming a series of quick pickup shots and signing autographs. He doesn't look particularly happy, but it's a little hard to tell. His face is frozen in a sneer. Small fangs peek out of the corners of his blood-red lips. His claw scratches at his furry, sweat-drenched neck. He attempts to say hello, but his voice, like his face, is frozen behind the half-teen, half-terror, makeup.
Kent Bateman, Jason's father, is the producer of " Teen Wolf Too." A 30 year veteran of film and television production, Kent currently divides his time between developing film projects for his children and operating his own local theater. He share's the management of Jason's career with his wife of 22 years, Victoria. She is also a career flight attendant with Pan American. " I have always had my own career," she says in her soft, slightly British voice. " I could never live vicariously through my children."
Jason's features are a combination of his parents'. His exotic, steely-blue eyes come from his mother, who was born on the Mediterranean island of Malta and raised in England. His mouth, a size and a half too big for his face, and his ample eyebrows come from his father's side of the family.
Jason started out in commercials and then got a part in NBC's Little House on the Praire. That was way back when he was 12, and his family had recently moved from Salt Lake City to the suburbs of Los Angeles. By the time he was 15, he had his own television series, NBC's short-lived It's Your Move. To this day he has never had an acting class. " I think the best acting comes from instinct," Jason says. " Once you stop to think about it, you're a beat behind. You've lost the moment."
Sheila Manning, a power in the casting of commercials, recalls a younger Jason Bateman. " Even as a kid, he never had a false moment-he was always believable . Jason always underplayed and, best of all, he was genuinely funny."
His sly humor and hip-flip manner first came to light in his second series, Silver Spoons, where his character, Derek, began to overshadow the series' young star Ricky Schroder. NBC's chief programmer , Brandon Tartikoff, took notice and handpicked Bateman for the role of Matthew Burton, teen con-artist of It's Your Move. The show was praised by some, but Jason feels " poor network decisions " resulted in its cancellation. Next came the plum role of David Hogan on Valerie. Executive producer Thomas L. Miller recalls, " We were very interested in Kirk Cameron for the role, but he signed to do ABC's Growing Pains. At about the same time, It's Your Move was canceled and Bateman was suddenly available. We were delighted."
" I've been real lucky as far as just staying busy and being able to keep working," says a grateful Jason. " You have to keep your head together and not take anything for granted, because you could wake up tomorrow and this could all be gone."
Its a blistering afternoon on a day when Jason is having a hard time waking up. " I've had a hell of a week socially," he says, flashing a gap-toothed smile. The wide smile grows into a huge, first-of-the-day yawn, complete with a series of stretches. " I have a lot of responsibilities," he explains between yawns. " Right up there with my career is a responsibility to my friends." Then by way of an apology, he adds, " I remind myself that I'm a teen-ager first and an actor second. That's why I'm late.
He is relishing the more relaxed pace of summer. " I'm trying something that I haven't been able to try for awhile. Being sort of nocturnal. Sleeping during the day and going out at night."
About the dangers of a fast-lane life style, Jason says , " This is a real trying time to be a teen-ager. There are so many ways you can go and still be cool. It would be real hard in this day and age to avoid the drugs, the booze and the sex. I've tried all of the above." He's quick to warn, " It's up to each individual after that. You have to be a strong person so that you don't get swallowed up by that stuff." Jason feels he's been lucky. " I think it's just the way I was brought up, being able to look at all these things in their right perspective."
That upbringing which Jason calls middle-class, nonreligious and apolitical, has given him a strong sense of self and a precocious ease. He admits that his parents' involvement in his career can sometimes cause confusion. " There were times on the set of 'Teen Wolf Too' when I didn't know whether to say, 'Yes sir, Mr. Producer!' or 'Aw come on, Dad'." But he feels the working relationship has made them closer. " How much do most kids and parents have to talk about? 'How's school?' That's about it."
Jason's education was equally divided between regular school and studio tutors. " I was always sort of a smart-ass type," he chuckles. " I was always getting kicked out of class." When he started appearing regularly on television, problems developed. " There were jealousies in public school and the frictions they caused and stuff like that. So then I went to private school." Jason " sort of" graduated from the very private Bel-Air Prep School. " The last year I just wanted to pull D's, you know? They're passing grades and I wasn't going on to college." He missed his high school graduation. " C'est la vie," he says shrugging. " You have to give up certain things in this business."
Like any red-white-and blue-blooded boy, Jason loves his wheels and has an '87 Cherokee Chief and a Toyota Pick-up , used to haul his off-road Quadsport vehicle. He has a girlfriend he's been dating for the past year, " a student who's thinking of becoming an actress." Bateman is, if not cutting, at least stretching the apron-strings, and like many his age has leased his first apartment. Jason's is a 1700 square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath slickly contemporary layout. He professes a love of sports, loud music, photography and fast cars. His proudest accomplishment was winning the 1987 Toyolta Pro.Celebrity Race at Long Beach Cal. " I've only rear-ended a couple of cars, " Bateman says of his three year driving record. " No speeding tickets or anything like that." With a sinister chuckle , he adds, " But then I have a radar device . I think I avoided one on the way here . I was on the San Diego Freeway when I passed this cop..." Jason tells a complicated story, complete with numerous street names, and lots of gestures. He ends with, " So, I think I ditched him."
There are times when his boyish charm slides into aloofness. " I suppose I have a certain aura of confidence about myself." Now Jason is yawning again and fiddling with his hair. He scratches when he itches, and like the young and the restless , let's you know when he's bored.
Moments later, a relieved Bateman tools off in the black and charcoal gray Cherokee, his elaborate and expensive CD sound system cranked up to full volumn. He's on his way to work. But, as it turned out, that was not the end of the story. Soon after Jason reported back to work, his series was thrown into turmoil. Valerie Harper was out, Sandy Duncan was in, and what was once Valerie became Valerie's Family.
Still 'reeling in shock,' Valerie Harper is eager to squelch published rumors that Jason's growing popularity and his attractive new contract with Lorimar , the production company had anything to do with her leaving the show. She reaffirms her many possitive feelings about Jason. " Jason was one of the first people I called when I learned I'd been fired," she says.
Suddenly it's impossible to get in touch with Jason Bateman. A call to his parents goes unanswered. A weary agent throws up his hands in resignation. Requests to Lorimar prove futile.
Finally, Jason's parents wisely secure a new press agent for their son. She sets up a lunch interview at one of Jason's favorite spots. It is a trendy, tasty, rip-off where we sit right across from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The " we" refers to the press agent and myself. Bateman never shows or calls. Later we learn that, because of post-production voice work on " Teen Wolf Too," Bateman was unable to get away.
Later that day, seasoned sitcom director Howard Storm ( who's directing an episode of Valerie's Family) is singing the praises of Jason the actor, and then he adds," We're shooting on location tonight. Why don't you come by and watch Jason work?"
Having confirmed through his press agent that Jason is expecting me and " is beside himself for missing lunch and anxious to talk ," I arrive on the set during the dinner break and locate the elusive Jason Bateman. Jason is tight-lipped . " I think I have a clause in my contract that says I can't talk about my contract," he says. He is also rude: " Sorry about lunch this afternoon, but at least you got a good meal." Soon he becomes downright hostile. " I don't give interviews during dinner break. Maybe in 20 or 30 minutes."
A half-hour later, a sheepish, slightly embarrased Jason Bateman reappears. He admits to feeling cornered, intruded upon and concerned about displaying a side of himself off-limits to the press.
I am beginning to see the cmplexities of being Jason Bateman. Not only the bad, but the good I'd been hearing so much about. With his cast and crew he is warm and affectionate, and they are genuinely fond of him. His work is without ego, concentrated and very affecting. Sometimes he's very straightforward : " No one's told me anything about what went down with Valerie. Truthfully, I don't know zilch." And yes, he can be quite funny. When the name of his high school principal comes up, he writhes around, hamming it up. " Oh no! How could you? You didn't talk to him? Tell me you didn't talk to him! Oh God, I'm finished! I'm trashed!"
The evening ends with Jason's apologies and a plea: " Go easy on me, buddy."
Jason Bateman is strapped with responsibilities unimaginable to most kids his age. The fact that his paycheck more than adequately compensates for those responsibilities is something Jason is still struggling to understand. Growing from boy to man is never an easy journey. No matter who you are or how much money you make can't change that. Jason Bateman may drive a zippier car than most, but it doesn't make the road any less bumpy.
An Article from The New York Times
NBC's 'Hogan Family' Goes to CBS Television
Published: April 18, 1990
CBS announced yesterday that it had purchased the rights to show ''The Hogan Family,'' a family-oriented weekly series that has been shown by NBC since the spring of 1986. The show consistently ranked first in the ratings in its time slot, Mondays at 8:30 to 9 P.M. An established show rarely changes networks.
The anouncement was made by Jeff Sagansky, the newly appointed president of CBS's entertainment division. Mr. Sagansky said that the deal with Tom Miller and Bob Boyett, the producers of ''The Hogan Family,'' includes the development of a second series.
The producers' arrangement with NBC allowed them to approach another network if NBC declined to sign for an early renewal of the program. NBC confirmed yesterday that it had been unwilling to make an early commitment. ''The Hogan Family'' ended the season in 36th place among 125 shows in the A. C. Nielsen Company ratings.
To watch some clips from The Hogan Family go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+hogan+family&aq=f
For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130406171331/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/valerie.html
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