PEOPLE

PEOPLE

July 16 1990
PEOPLE

PEOPLE

July 16 1990

PEOPLE

THE BLOCK CHILDREN

Few bands have inspired young girls like New Kids on the Block. Said Robert Mitchell, publicity director for CBS Records, Canada, their Canadian distributor: "If they're coming for a concert, girls camp out on our lot hoping to see them." Step by Step, their new album, took only two weeks to reach the top of the Billboard charts, and the five young men from Dorchester, Mass., have sold more than 20 million copies of their three earlier albums. Added Mitchell: "It's phenomenal when you consider that almost all of those buyers are girls between 8 and 14."

Music is definitely a family affair for British pop singer Sam Brown. The daughter of Joe Brown, who is a blues guitarist, and Vicki Brown, who is a singer, Sam, 25, has already had two hit albums, the 1988 album Stop and the current April Moon. Both recordings were with her younger brother, and her parents are the second. Sam, who is now ducing her mother’s latest album, says that she was not pushed singing. Added the singer: “Because I was always around music, I just developed a natural feel for it.”

All in the family

GIFT OF YOUTH

For Vancouver-born actor Greg Spottiswood, looking younger than his 25 years has proven to be an asset Last month, Spottiswood won an Emmy for his performance asa 16-year-old in the CBC-Disney TV movie Looking for Miracles and he is now playing an 18-year-old busboyin the Toronto production of the drama Unidentified Human Remains. Says Spottiswood: “Looking younger than I am has given me lots of opportunities. ” Indeed, Spottiswood is playing a 19-year-old cricket player in an episode of CBC’s Road to Avonlea, and his is the voice of an eight-year-old pig in an animated show, Pig Out. But all the work is creating a unique problem. “I’m so busy, ” says Spottiswood, “that I’m struggling to get some sleep, so I don’t start looking my age. ”

RARE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW

To play a TV reporter in the movie Die Harder, Canadian actress Sheila McCarthy says that she had to spend time "everywhere there was an airport that had snow." McCarthy, 34, said that she visited five American airports as the producers of the current hit thriller sought a location with a December holiday look. "I don't think people in L.A. really know where they can find snow," added the actress. "Also, not too many airports were keen to be used as the site of a takeover by terrorists."

Switching channels

After 14 years as co-host on the CBC’s current affairs program the fifth estate, Eric Mailing will begin the next television season as host of rival CTV’s W5. Said Mailing: “I’ve been very proud to work for the CBC. It’s been a great association. But there does come a time to leave. I had ideas about changing the format of current affairs shows, and CTV was on the same wavelength.” Mailing, 43, said that his goal at W5 is to “make it fresher.” He added, “We will fit the production to the stories and not continue with the rigid three-stories-per-hour format.” For the veteran newsman from Swift Current, Sask., the move is a homecoming of sorts. After three years as a print reporter, working for such papers as the Regina Leader Post and The Toronto Star, Mailing began his TV career at CTV in 1974, before moving to the CBC in 1976. “I was very bad in the beginning—I really learned TV at the expense of CTV,” said Mailing. And he added, “Nobody ever hired me for my pretty face.”