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Special correspondent Sheryl Underwood interviews the cast of the beloved cop show.
It’s been more than 30 years since Ponch and Jon rode off into the sunset on the hit buddy cop show CHiPs. The cast sat down together for the first time with special correspondent Sheryl Underwood to talk on-set drama and what they've been up to since turning in their badges.
Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada played California Highway Patrol partners Jon Baker and "Ponch" Poncherello on the show and while rumors of cast conflicts persisted when they were filming, the two downplayed any feud.
"As far as I'm concerned, I always felt like, you know, we're different personalities," Wilcox told Underwood. "That's okay."
"Yeah, we French kissed and made up," Estrada joked.
Estrada left the show in 1981 and was replaced by a familiar face to today’s reality fans, though in those »
Meredith Baxter has been a TV star since 1972 when she starred in a CBS series called Bridget Loves Birney. She went on to become beloved sitcom Mom Elyse Keaton in the long running Family Ties and then followed that by starring in (and sometimes producing) a string of successful TV movies. (My Breast, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story and many more.)
Baxter’s successful career belied a sometimes turbulent personal life. She battled through breast cancer, domestic violence and alcoholism and even navigated a late-in-life realization that she was a lesbian.
We caught up with the actress to discuss her life today as well as her highly anticipated new series, MTV’s Finding Carter, which premieres tonight at 10/9c
TheBacklot: You came out in 2009 and married your longtime partner last year. Any reactions from your family, your friends or your fans either to the marriage or coming out that surprised you? »
- Dennis Ayers
What sounds like a highly provocative concept quickly devolves into a standard-issue, ABC Family-style soap in “Finding Carter,” a series whose protagonist is the right age for MTV, yet which feels fuzzily off-brand. Kathryn Prescott stars as a 16-year-old girl who discovers she was abducted at age 3 and is reunited with a family she doesn’t know, while missing the woman who happily raised her. Granted, MTV ought to be able to branch out within its younger demo, but this is still such a me-too idea it’s pretty hard to get spirited away by it.
Although one can appreciate the desire to plunge right into the story (created by Emily Silver, who shares writing credit with showrunner Terri Minsky), it might help if viewers had a little longer to get to know Prescott’s Carter in her initial environs, before a chance arrest lands her in the system and leads to her unwelcome, »
- Brian Lowry
MTV is bringing Finding Carter, a series about a teen that was abducted as a child, to a television screen near you this July, and to get fans ready the network has released the first trailer for the show.
Finding Carter focuses on a teenage girl, Carter (Kathryn Prescott), who is picked up after a party she’s at gets busted only to be identified as a missing child. Carter finds out that the woman who raised her not only isn’t her mother, but actually kidnapped her when she was just a toddler.
The series follows Carter as she struggles to reintegrate into her real family and come to terms with the awkward new situation in front of her. From the 90-second trailer it looks like the hardest part of this transition will be understanding how much of her life up until this point was a lie. It’ll »
- Lindsay Sperling
The show follows a teenage girl named Carter (Kathryn Prescott) who, after being busted at a high school party, learns that her fun-loving single mother -- Lori (Milena Govich) -- abducted her as a toddler. Now, she must return to her birth family. As she tries to adjust to life with her birth parents (Alexis Denisof and Cynthia Watros) and twin sister (Anna Jacoby-Heron), she decides to find the mother she knew growing up.
What do you think? Does this show sound interesting? Will you check out Finding Carter? »
The first drama series MTV has announced this year, Finding Carter is a coming-of-age story about a teenager named Carter (Kathryn Prescott) who seemingly has the perfect life with fun-loving single mom Lori (Milena Govich), until the police bust a high school party and it’s discovered that Lori abducted Carter as a toddler. Now, Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her. As she navigates brand-new parents, »
- Jake Perlman
MTV is expanding its original scripted drama roster. The network has picked up family drama Finding Carter to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 12-episode drama centers on a teenager who learns that her mother abducted her as a child. Bones' Emily Silver penned the script based on an original idea and Terri Minsky exec produces. Skins alum Kathryn Prescott stars as Carter; Alexis Denisof, Milena Govich, Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron and Zac Pullam co-star, with Meredith Baxter and Robert Pine boarding the show in new recurring roles as Carter's grandparents. Photos: Midseason TV Preview For MTV, Finding Carter
- Lesley Goldberg
Throwback Thursday was an unexpected (and horrifying) surprise for Chris Pine! The Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit stud stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Jan. 16 and was ambushed by the host with his incredibly endearing and dorky high school yearbook photo. DeGeneres started their sit-down interview by explaining to the audience how Pine, 33, grew up in the business: the dreamy actor's dad Robert Pine played Sgt. Joseph Getraer on CHiPs, a beloved NBC cop show that ran from 1977 to 1983. To show the [...] »
8 items from 2014
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