|Fairfield and Fantasy Mix on 'Who's the Boss?
By Debra A. Estock
Submitted by ReJoys2
Two weeks after the election, Fairfield residents know who rules the
roost as First Selectman Jacquelyn Durrell starts her fourth term.
But every Tuesday night a weekly battle continues to see who is the master
of the Bower household in Who's the Boss?
the ABC Television sitcom set in none other than Fairfield, Connecticut.
Fairfield was chosen from among several New England locations becuase
the producers of Who's the Boss? fell
in love with the town's quaint charm and picturesque scenery, according
to studio publicity director Libby Gill.
For Fairfield residents, it's interesting to watch the show and note
some familiar names and places immortalized on the tube. The town's hotel
is called the Fairfield Inn, a former restaurant and catering facility
that today sits vacant on the Post Road. The high school is called Fairfield
High, and in February Danza appeared on the show wearing a Fairfield University
sweatshirt, which school officials sent him and requested he wear.
In September, the Citizen-News and the
town jointly sent 350th anniversary sweatshirts, mugs, buttons, bumper
stickers and a complimentary subscription of the hometown newspaper to
the five cast members and production staff at Columbia Pictures Television
in Los Angeles, Calif.
"We're delighted that the real-life citizens of Fairfield enjoy
their fictional counterparts ," said Gill. "All of us at Who's
the Boss? congratulate you on your 350th anniversary. As six-year
residents, we're happy to be a part of the Fairfield family."
Who's the Boss? entered its sixth season
in September and is one of the anchors in ABC's Tuesday night lineup.
For those unfamiliar with the show, the premise of Who's
the Boss? revolves around the dilemmas faced by Tony Micelli, a
widower and former professional baseball player whose career was ended
by an injury. Pressed into earning a living to raise his daughter, Tony
is the live-in housekeeper for wealthy advertising executive Angela Bower,
who was having difficulty in pursuing her career while running her household
and raising her son.
The 38-year-old Danza stars as Tony. He came to center stage in 1978
with his role as Tony Banta, a cab-driving boxer, in the hit comedy Taxi.
Danza, a graduate of the University of Dubuque in Iowa, was on his way
to a professional boxing career before being spotted by a talent scout
and landing on the role in Taxi. In addition
to directing several episodes of Who's the Boss?
Danza's film credits include parts in She's Out
of Control, Hollywood Knights, Going Ape and The
Cannonball Run II.
Playing off Danza's character and secretly wooing his affections is actress
Judith Light, who portrays his boss, Angela. A Trenton, N.J., native,
light made her Broadway debut in A Doll's House
and returned to the stage in the title role in Herzl.
She also had a starring role for five seasons on the daytime drama One
Life to Live, followed by guest appearances on several prime time
TV shows. She starred in the television movie The
Ryan White Story and My Boyfriend's Back.
Meddling in household affairs, so to speak, is Angela's mother, Mona
Robinson, played by actress Katherine Helmond. Helmond portrayed Jessica
Tate in the TV comedy classic Soap and
has appeared in numerous films, television movies and plays during her
Starring as Tony's precocious teenage daughter, Samantha, is Alyssa Milano.
Milano, 16, began performing at the age of 8, when she auditioned and
was one of four younsters chosen for a role in the touring company of
the musical Annie.
Thirteen-year-old Danny Pintauro appears as Angela's son, Jonathan. A
veteran at modeling and TV commercials since age 2, Pintauro appeared
for five years in the daytime soap opera As the
World Turns and made his film debut in the adaptation of Stephen
King's thriller Cujo.
Gill said a typical schedule for the cast and about 50 members of the
production staff is Monday through Friday from the end of July for roughly
the next nine months to complete on taping season. Each Monday, the cast
members are given the scripts to read. Tuesday is spent in informal rehersals
and Wednesday, the show is given a preliminary run-through, Gill said.
On Thursday, the characters go through a full techinal dress rehersal
on the set to work out their camera moves and on Friday, two shows are
taped before a live studio audience.
As to the future themes for the show - including the romantic entanglements
between the two main characters - Gill said the writers are content with
doing one show at a time.
"There will be no major plot changes near the future," Gill
According to a show description from Columbia Pictures Television, "Tony
and Angela enjoy a unique relationship, one that goes well beyond employer/employee.
While the best of friends and platonic confidantes, they cannot escape
the impulses that two single, attractive adults living under the same
roof inevitably feel. Their friendship is both special and unusual. They
complement each other perfectly. Now the only real question remaining
in the Bower household is determining "who's the boss?"
Who's the Boss? airs 8 p.m. Tuesday night
on ABC Television, which locally is WTNH-TV, Channel 8 in New Haven. Syndicated
shows from its first seasons air on Channel 8 at 4:30 p.m. daily and on
WOR-TV Channel 9 at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.