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Posted 01-19-99

Daily News (New York)
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In an article about comedies on the WB Network, Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar when comparing Buffy, Xena, and Nikita to the shows she watched as a kid, said, "I think it's an incredible trend".


   For all of WB's success with young-adult dramas, you have to wonder
about their comedy judgment. The network, its executives made clear during their
day at the TV critics' tour here, is absolutely gaga over "Zoe, Duncan, Jack &
Jane," a kind of "Saved By the Bell" with sex talk that premieres next Sunday.

   But WB is keeping "Movie Stars," which has the makings of a sleeper hit, on
the shelf until March. "Movie Stars," starring Harry Hamlin ("L.A. Law") and
Jennifer Grant, is an exceptionally clever sitcom about the ordinary home life
of two big-time movie stars married to each other.  

   Among the show's funnier recurring bits are scenes featuring the siblings of
actual stars including Joey Travolta, Frank Stallone and Don Swayze.

   "In the pilot, where John Travolta won't take Joey's call, I didn't make that
up," said series creator/producer Wayne Lemon. "John Travolta won't take Joey's

   WB's hottest young stars Sarah Michelle Gellar of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"
and James Van der Beek of "Dawson's Creek" and their shows' hot young creators,
Joss Whedon and Kevin Williamson, respectively teamed up for a press conference
with all the excitement of a glass of tap water.

   Somehow, though, wedged in among the gush you're great, no, you're great;
you're so creative, no, you're so creative was Gellar's interesting take on TV's
strong female characters.

   "I think it's an incredible trend," Gellar said, contrasting "Buffy,"
"Xena" and "la femme Nikita" with TV shows she watched as a kid.

   "On 'Growing Pains,' you had Tracey Gold play the character that was supposed
to be very, very smart and she was always pretending to be dumb because she
wanted the guys to like her," said Gellar. "And Mallory was the popular girl on
'Family Ties,' and she couldn't add two and two . . . and I think the wonderful
thing about this trend is that young girls have something to look up to."


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