In Hollywood, the girls of "The Golden Girls" (returning to NBC) were reading next episode's script--about an old friend of Dorothy's (Bea Arthur) who comes to visit and turns out to be a lesbian. Blanche (Rue McLanahan) "can't understand what Jean (Lois Nettleton) doesn't see in the opposite sex." But she's even more dumbfounded when she learns Jean is in love with Rose (Betty White). "To think Jean would find Rose more attractive than me ," Blanche says. "That's ridiculous."
'CRIME STORY' LOOKS FOR THE '60S AT A GOLF COURSE
FROM CHICAGO--Shooting on "Crime Story" (new for NBC), the '60s police serial from "Miami Vice" exec producer Michael Mann, went "like clockwork" on Monday, said producer Peter McIntosh. It was largely due to good weather. Though the show is heavy with old-fashioned, pre-Miranda violence by both cops and crooks, Monday's shoot took place pool-side at a resort, where lead character Lt. Mike Torello (played by real one-time Chicago cop Dennis Farina) was trying to patch up marital problems with his wife (Darlanne Fluegel).
"Actually, it was a golf course not far from O'Hare Airport," McIntosh explained. Bona fide resorts in the Windy City were rejected as being either too conservative or too modern for this series, which is to do for '60s style what "Miami Vice" did for '80s cool. "It's important to make the statement about the time and we accent that in all locations."
RAIN PUTS THE SQUEEZE ON 'MIAMI VICE' CREW
FROM MIAMI--Don Johnson had a touch of the flu Monday, but "trouper that he is, he did report for work" on "Miami Vice" (returning to NBC), according to producer Richard Brams.
Then the rain came.
"We did one of our Miami magic tricks where we switched our schedule around and set up very quickly inside," Brams said. The company--including guest actors G. Gordon Liddy and Bob Balaban, reprising roles from an episode last season--moved to the interior of a local TV station for a key sequence. (Brams said that telling any more would give away a plot twist.) By the time that was done the rain had stopped.
From a low point of being a full hour behind, the "Vice" squad finished up only 19 minutes over schedule.
SAVORING A TASTE OF FREEDOM ON 'AMEN'
Veteran TV creator Ed Weinberger, exec producer of "Amen" (new for NBC) said his staff slept late, "savoring the last 48 hours of freedom before we film again." Reflecting the comic cynicism of star Sherman Hemsley's character--a Philadelphia church deacon--Weinberger spent the day alone and enjoyed his own company. "I didn't talk to anybody. Nobody came in. I had a writer's meeting with myself, but I can't tell you what happened because I haven't written the script yet. I like not to talk to my stars for at least a day, so I had fun. What I did today won't win an Emmy, but I don't think it will stop the progress of world peace either."
Reports from Barbara Isenberg, Pat H. Broeske, Craig Modderno, Mark de la Vina and William Chitwood.