January 12, 2006 |
The biggest story in the NFL playoffs is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, which, of course, has me thinking about the show "Bosom Buddies." I can't watch Manning without wondering what happened to Ryan Leaf. And I can't mention Leaf without recalling Peter Scolari. If you don't know who Peter Scolari is, that's the point. Back in the early 1980s, he co-starred with Tom Hanks in a TV show called "Bosom Buddies."
March 19, 1989 |
"Newhart's" Michael Harris, a vain, somewhat arrogant and--many think--quintessential yuppie, is in trouble. In a downward spiral that began in January, Harris (played by Peter Scolari) was fired from the "Vermont Today" television series. In February, having discovered that not even an executive headhunter could find him another job in television, Harris became a salesman at a discount shoe store.
February 17, 1991 |
Actors on television are usually known best by their last series role--a blessing and a curse that Peter Scolari knows too well. For six seasons on the CBS comedy series "Newhart," Scolari was familiar to audiences as the pretentious Michael Harris, a smarmy, yet somehow likable yuppie. For two seasons before "Newhart," Scolari was Hildegard, Tom Hanks' roommate-in-drag on ABC's cult sitcom "Bosom Buddies." Before that, he was a minor character in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Goodtime Girls."
April 19, 2010 |
Before the two best-actor Oscars, the hit movies and other distinguished projects that catapulted him into Hollywood's elite ranks, Tom Hanks was an un-pretty woman. In 1980, Hanks got one of his first breaks with "Bosom Buddies," an ABC show in which he and Peter Scolari played bachelor ad men who move into an all-female apartment house after their building is condemned. The actors donned wigs, bras, pantyhose, wigs and skirts as they hung out with their neighbors, including a blond bombshell (Donna Dixon)
December 14, 1990 |
"Corporate Affairs," which makes a stopover at one of the Egyptian's small annex screens on the way to the video stores, is a "Working Girl" knock-off that's tedious and contrived in the extreme. Its only interest is the opportunity it provides to see how the same actress, Mary Crosby, can be so good in one movie ("Eating") and so bad in another. In "Corporate Affairs," which Terence H.