June 17, 1989 |
At first, the creators of Headroom--star of a cable-TV talk show, Coca-Cola commercials and later ABC's short-lived, critically acclaimed "Max Headroom" series--wanted the public to believe that Max, an irreverent, staccato-voiced spokesman for the video generation, was actually a computer-generated image. It didn't take long, however, for the public to discover that M-m-max was actually M-m-matt--Matt Frewer, 31, who portrayed both Max and Max's alter-ego, TV reporter Edison Carter, on the "Max Headroom" series, which satirized network TV. "There was this ruse perpetuated that Max was a computer-generated person, not a guy in make-up," Frewer says.
December 27, 1992 |
Matt Frewer had been a good boy the first time through, doing the scene the way it was written, sticking to the script of his new Fox sitcom, "Shaky Ground," delivering the punch lines exactly on cue, just as he'd rehearsed them all week. "Could you throw it in a blender," he was supposed to say when his TV wife (played by Robin Riker) told him his dinner was ready. "I don't have the energy to chew."
March 4, 1990 |
He performs CPR on stuffed pink ponies; he skis on his couch; he pelts his friends with anchovies, sucks on a baby's pacifier and even slips on his own banana peels. He's a mixture of Lucy, Maxwell Smart, Uncle Fester, Mork from Ork, Max Headroom and Hawkeye Pierce. Told that a colleague's son can't go with him to the park to play basketball because there are too many weirdos there, he responds assuringly, "That's OK--I'm fluent in weirdo." Dr.
November 25, 1992 |
Foxy Sundays: Fox will welcome two new Sunday night series and wave goodby to two old ones. The new programs, "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Shaky Ground," premiere Dec. 13. "Batman," currently a weekday show on the Fox Children's Network, will air at 7 p.m.; "Shaky Ground," a comedy about a family starring Matt Frewer as the father, airs at 7:30. In addition, "The Ben Stiller Show" will move to Sundays at 10:30 p.m. Fox's "Great Scott" and "Woops!"
November 19, 1993
Macaulay Culkin got left behind by accident in "Home Alone." Now Robert Jayne is starring in a TV movie for Fox as a 16-year-old who gets left at home on purpose. "The Day My Parents Ran Away" is scheduled to air Dec. 13. Blair Brown and Matt Frewer star in the comedy as Jayne's parents, who become so frustrated with his lazy, selfish attitude that they take off in hopes of teaching him a lesson in responsibility.
May 27, 1993
Cable's USA Network will add two new shows to its "Cartoon Express" this fall: "Problem Child," a half-hour animated series loosely based on the movie of the same name, and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," a series based on the adventures of the nursery rhyme's spider as he avenges injustice. Frank Welker, who portrayed Itsy in a seven-minute theatrical short based on the rhyme, will provide the voice of the title character in the latter show.