Saturday, November 24, 2012

Naughty or Nice - Los Angeles Times: Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross Interview

Source: The Los Angeles Times [follow link for complete interview]


THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross know how to make fake marriage work

Brought together 30 years ago to be husband and wife on 'Family Ties,' they've kept a strong bond. They star on 'Naughty or Nice' on the Hallmark Channel.

By Susan King
November 23, 2012

Meredith Baxter recalls that when she met Michael Gross 30 years ago at the first table read for the award-winning NBC sitcom, "Family Ties," she gave the lanky actor cast as her husband a good once-over.

"I am thinking my first words to him were, 'You need a tan!,'" she said, laughing. "He is a New Yorker and I am born and raised in Los Angeles."

Three decades after that first encounter, they are playing husband and wife once again in the Hallmark Channel holiday film, "Naughty or Nice," which premieres Saturday on the cable network. The two play Carol and Walter Kringle, a pleasant couple who love the holidays so much they named their daughter Krissy (Hilarie Burton). After Krissy loses her job in an advertising company, Carol gets her a job wrapping Christmas presents at the mall.

For fans, the roles will bring back fond memories of the Keatons, the couple played by Baxter and Gross in "Family Ties." Baxter and Gross played former hippies Elyse and Steve Keaton, still expounding liberal values in the world of Reaganomics. The series made a star out of Michael J. Fox, who played their conservative Republican son Alex. Justine Bateman played teenage daughter Mallory and Tina Yothers was youngest daughter Jennifer.

Gross was a self-described "theater snob" when he auditioned for the series. "I didn't watch prime-time television," said Gross. In fact, he had never seen Baxter in her other TV work, including the popular series "Bridget Loves Bernie" and "Family..."

Naughty or Nice airs Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8/7C on the Hallmark Channel. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MOVIE TRAILER

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