Jiggle TV

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ca_main73Although the show was initially intended to feature Kate Jackson, then the best known actress of the three, it was Farrah Fawcett-Majors who became the most recognizable icon. Due to some “cheesecake” publicity photos, including a swimsuit poster that quickly appeared on the bedroom walls of every thirteen-year-old boy in America, and a mane of cascading blonde hair, Farrah quickly became a fad.

Farrah Fawcett-Majors – A Pop Icon

Her icon appearred on T-shirts and on toy shelves as Farrah dolls swept the nation. The show became known as “Jiggle TV” and “T&A TV” (or “Tits and Ass television”) by critics who believed that the show had no intelligence or substance and that the scantily or provocatively dressed Angels (generally as part of their undercover character — e.g., roller derby girl, beauty pageant contestant, maid, female prisoner or just bikini-clad) did so to showcase the figures and/or sexuality of the actresses as a sole means of attracting viewers. Farrah Fawcett-Majors once attributed the show’s success to this fact, “When the show was number three, I figured it was our acting. When it got to be number one, I decided it could only be because none of us wears a bra.”

With Charlie’s Angels, Spelling spun a new formula that would attract desirable demographics among young men and women: He combined detective drama with the glamorous fantasy that would become his staple in the 1980s with Dynasty and the 1990s with Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. Not only were his Angels beautiful and sexy, they were smart and powerful heroines who used provocative attraction (and feminine, often feigned, vulnerability) to lure and capture unsuspecting male criminals. Though Charlie’s Angels was among TV’s first dramas to instill female characters with typically male “powers” via a dominant subject position, the show’s critics, including infuriated feminists, countered that Charlie’s Angels was little more than a patriarchal production that sexually objectified its characters.

This entry was posted on March 2, 2014.

Two non-blondes

ca_main70The three original Angels included two decoys – brunette Kelly Garret (played by Jaclyn Smith, the only Angel to remain through the series’ entire run) and blonde Jill Munroe (played by Farrah Fawcett, whose fluffy, feathered hairstyle became a nationwide 1970s fad and whose sexy posters became bestsellers). Both were very beautiful, sexy and feminine.

The Original Cast of Charlies Angels: Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett (1976-1977)

By contrast, the third, less glamorous Angel, Sabrina Duncan (played by Kate Jackson, who also starred in Spelling’s The Rookies), became known as “the smart one.” Sabrina’s impish qualities such as independence, athleticism, adventurism and asexuality, often kept her working behind the scenes with Bosley, helping to rescue other Angels, and consequently often kept her out of the bikinis, braless t-shirts and tight dresses with plunging necklines that her co-workers opted to wear.

Sabrina, Jill and Kelly (a martial arts expert) all participated in the show’s choreographed violence, which included karate chops and kicks, car chases and gun shoots. One woman who didn’t make the cut despite auditioning was a young Kim Basinger – although she did appear in the episode Angels in Chains, which saw the girls go undercover at a women’s prison. Its camp qualities have made it arguably the most famous episode of all, and Aaron Spelling once joked he could re-run it weekly without the ratings ever going down. Farrah, Kate, and Jaclyn immediately rocketed into the American consciousness. “Charlie’s Angels,” shortly after premiering on Sept. 22, 1976, became the No. 1-rated television show, pulling in 36 million viewers. Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett-Majors became superstars, even appearing on the cover of TIME magazine.  Each weekly episode usually called for one of the three women to appear in a bikini or shorts within the first few minutes of the show to hook the male viewers. After that, most of the stories would be set in exotic locations such as Las Vegas, Palm Springs, or other areas within easy reach of Los Angeles to provide ample opportunities for the “Angels” to strip down to bare essentials.

This entry was posted on August 14, 2013.

Shelley Hack on Oprah Winfrey Show

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news1Shelley Hack appeared on Oprah on Wednesday January 23, 2008 to talk about the Charlie perfume TV Commercials. In the ’70s, Revlon cast all-American beauty Shelley Hack in advertisements for Charlie perfume. In the short television spot, the “Charlie girl” glides through an evening out with class and confidence. Oprah says this ad defined the woman she dreamed of becoming. “I wanted to stride like her with confidence. I wanted to be this fabulous,” Oprah says. For almost a year, Oprah’s been asking her staff to track down the original footage…and they finally found it!

As an added bonus, Shelley came all the way to Chicago to discuss her days as a glamorous spokeswoman. What started as a commercial became so much more to many women. “It was a time when women were changing,” Shelley says. “Women looked at [the ad] and said, ‘I want to be like that.'” After appearing in Revlon commercials, Shelley got her big break on Charlie’s Angels. “I was lucky,” she says. “There were two things I was in that were about making women feel a little more empowered.”

This entry was posted on April 7, 2013.

Behind the Camera – The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels

ca_main9   NBC’s strategy of doing behind-the-scenes movies based on other networks’ television shows continues with this expose on ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels.” On  March 8th, 2004, a television movie entitled Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels premiered on NBC. Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ stars Emmy Award winner Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) as Aaron Spelling, Dan Lauria as Fred Silverman, Wallace Langham who reprises his role from NBC’s “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Three’s Company'” as Jay Bernstein, and relatively unknown actresses Tricia Helfer as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Christina Chambers as Jaclyn Smith and Lauren Stamile as Kate Jackson.

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Tricia Helfer as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Lauren Stamile as Kate Jackson and Christina Chambers as Jaclyn Smith

From the good people who brought you “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Three’s Company,'” this telefilm documents the rise of Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson as they became famous sex symbols as well as the price of that fame. Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) is inspired casting as the show’s producer, Aaron Spelling.

This entry was posted on March 21, 2013.

Spelling’s Brainchild

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2Charlie’s Angels was the brainchild of Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, two of the most successful producers in TV history. Working together, Spelling & Goldberg made some of the most famous series and TV films of the last three decades. Spelling, who passed away in 2006, holds the record as the world’s most prolific producer, overseeing everything from Dynasty to Beverly Hills 90210.

The Original Cast of Charlies Angels: Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett (1976-1977)

Charlie’s Angels was the result of a late night chat between Spelling and Goldberg. They were discussing the state of mid-70s TV, and agreed it was just far too grim and gritty. They pondered shows like Baretta (a tough drama about a maverick New York cop) and decided there and then to come up with the polar opposite: something “very glamorous, very pretty and very romantic.” In a TV world dominated by male policemen and private detectives and  in an effort to compete with an upsurge of female dominated action series such as Police Woman, The Bionic Woman, and Wonder Woman, Spelling and Goldberg decided to inject the traditional private detective genre with a dose of feminine pulchritude with three gorgeous women who not only solved crimes but looked great doing it.

They sketched out an idea about three beautiful private eyes, called it “The Alley Cats” and pitched the idea to their studio bosses during a breakfast meeting. Unfortunately, they just didn’t get the concept. As Goldberg recalled, their response was “That’s the worst idea we have ever heard. Could we please order breakfast?” Harry’s Angels? Not to be discouraged, Spelling and Goldberg made their next TV movie with the condition that they’d be allowed to produce a separate pilot script of their own. This turned out to be the very first Charlie’s Angels episode – and the title was more or less dreamt up by series star Kate Jackson, who was inspired by a picture of three angels hanging in an executive’s office. She actually suggested Harry’s Angels, but there was already a successful show called Harry-O so they decided to go with Charlie’s Angels instead. Which was certainly an improvement over Alley Cats.

This entry was posted on August 15, 2012.

Shear Genius Season 2 Premieres Summer

sheargenius2aHosted by Golden Globe-nominated actress, designer and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith, the second season of Bravo’s hit creative competition series “Shear Genius” offers a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and creative world of high-end hairstyling. Last season, “Shear Genius” averaged 1,091,000 total viewers with the season finale marking a series high of 1,461,000 total viewers and 975,000 adults 18-49. Joining the series as a new judge this season is famed celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo, who handles the tresses of some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Kate Hudson, Kirsten Dunst and Teri Hatcher.

Allure beauty editor Kelly Atterton returns as a judge and accomplished stylist Rene Fris once again serves as the competitors’ mentor. “Shear Genius,” produced by Reveille Entertainment, is Bravo’s first original series shot in high definition. Mark Koops, Julie Laughlin and Howard T. Owens serve as executive producers.

This entry was posted on May 12, 2012.

Angel Hunt

ca_main72After two seasons and struggles to insert more meaningful characterizations into the show, Kate Jackson also retired her wings. The biggest question on everyone’s mind was: “Who was going to be replacing Kate Jackson?” The race to find Charlie’s Newest Angel had begun! In the 1979-1980 season, the answer came with Shelley Hack.

The Third Cast of Charlies Angels: Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett, Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe and Shelley Hack as Tiffany Welles (1979-1980)

Shelley Hack was a model who had been prominent in Revlon’s “Charlie” Perfume ads and commercials. Shelley entered The Townsend Office as Tiffany Welles, an Ivy League scholar who also was a graduate from the Boston Police Academy. Spelling and Goldberg had the idea that with this new Angel/model at the helm, she could bring an elegant and classy touch to Charlie’s trio! The writers treaded lightly as they tried to figure out how to make Tiffany Welles, the new “Sabrina Duncan”. The 4th season’s problem was the sudden decline in ratings. The series found itself in the top 20’s instead of the top 10 were it had been for the last three years. The ratings drop was directed at the new Angel and at the end of the season, Shelley was let go.

This entry was posted on August 11, 2011.

Charlie’s Angels Reunion on Shear Genius

news5How cool is this? Sabrina, Jill and Kelly back together again…

There will be another rare reunion of the original stars of “Charlie’s Angels” when Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson appear on an episode of “Shear Genius,” the Bravo reality show hosted by fellow angel Jaclyn Smith.

These “Angels” have had famous heads of hair for more than 30 years so this is the perfect show for them to appear on and marks their first time together on television since a heart-warming reunion on the Emmys two years ago during a tribute to Aaron Spelling. It was shortly after rare joint appearance that that we learned Farrah had been diagnosed with cancer. She has been fighting hard and good to see she’s well enough to appear on TV in something other than TMZ.com with cameras following her at the airport.

“You will be surprised when you see it,” Jaclyn told Entertainment Tonight of the reunion. “We recreate our styles from the ’70s with a modern touch. I thought it was challenging, because you think the simplicity of those styles. I think having some ‘Angels’ there was intimidating to some of the stylists. I think it was harder for them than just recreating [the hair styles] because we were there.” The second season of “Shear Genius” premieres June 25 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

This entry was posted on June 4, 2011.

Angelic Departures

28In  1977, Farrah Fawcett broke her contract and left the series after only one season. She became caught up in the publicity and left the show in hopes of capitalizing on her fame and becoming a movie star. Producers Spelling and Goldberg wasted no time in replacing Farrah Fawcett and they chose blonde beauty Cheryl Ladd to play the part of Kris Munroe, the younger sister of Jill Munroe.

The Second Cast of Charlies Angels: Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett and Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe (1977-1979)

Kris was the rookie. She was prone to mistakes (at least in the first episodes), funny and outspoken, having a girl-next-door appeal but at the same time she was dropdown sexy. She was often seen wearing very revealing outfits and bikinis. As Cheryl Ladd put it “I knew it wasn’t Shakespeare. I knew i had to look good in a bikini”. The show continued unimpeded. (As part of her exit agreement, Fawcett was forced to make guest appearances through the show’s third and fourth season.

Since Charlie’s Angels were among the first strong female role models for girls and young women, there was an enormous market for Angel merchandise, which any number of franchisers were willing to fill. In beauty products alone, there were cosmetics and beauty sets by Fleetwood, Farrah hair products by Faberge, a beauty hair-care set and a cosmetic beauty kit by HG Toys — in both Jill and Kris versions (now worth about $150 each), dresser sets by Fleetwood, a “Charlie’s Angels” hair dryer, and several kinds of mirrors. To capitalize on Farrah’s influential hair style, there were also Farrah’s Glamour and Styling Centers, with which young fans could practice their styling skills. Dolls, toys and games proliferated as well. There was a Milton Bradley board game, produced in 1977; a Colorforms Adventure set; Paint by Numbers sets; paper dolls in both booklets and boxes; 8-inch Hasbro dolls of Kelly, Sabrina, Jill and Kris; and Hasbro boxed gift sets of three dolls, now valued at around $200;. A Hasbro Hide-a-Way Playset and a Fashion Tote carrying case, plus a 16-inch pink plastic Adventure Van; 11-inch Mego Farrah dolls and 12-inch Farrah and Jaclyn Smith dolls; Mattel-produced 12-inch Cheryl Ladd and Kate Jackson dolls; separate sets of clothes (“Farrah’s Fashions”) and action gear; and several different jewelry sets. One of the most amusing of these is “The Fawcett,” a gold-plated sterling-silver pendant in the form of a faucet with moveable handle, now valued at up to $100.

This entry was posted on May 8, 2011.

Meet Jaclyn Smith in person

news4Jaclyn Smith will be the guest speaker at the WithIt Educational Breakfast to be held during the April High Point Furniture Market. Smith’s topic – “Making Savvy Business Decisions without Sacrificing Your Values.” Jaclyn Smith was a pioneer of the celebrity brand in the 80s. Women’s Wear Daily named her $11 billion clothing line at Kmart as having the highest consumer awareness of all private label apparel brands. Learn how Jaclyn makes smart business decisions while remaining true to her values as she navigates the ever-changing world of home furnishings.

The breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2008 7:30 am-9:00 am in the IHFC Green Wing 11th floor Club level Ballroom A. Reservations required. Contact cpayne@ihfc.com for more information.

This entry was posted on July 30, 2006.