Take One

updated 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Relationships are rough enough, but TV couples who try to make a go of it on ABC after 9 p.m. need special counseling. First there's Maddie and David, played by Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, who, according to rumor, can't get along longer than a station break. Now the married pair at 10 p.m.—Shelley Hack and Tom Mason playing Jack and Mike—are having troubles too. Jack and Mike's marital mess on the show is mild compared with the acting up between Hack and Mason when the cameras stop. "They can't bear each other," says an observer. "At one point they spoke to each other only in character."

As for Maddie and David, a doctor is on call. Mark Harmon, who used his healing powers on St. Elsewhere last year, will do three guest spots on Moonlighting....

Joan Collins has been signed by Simon and Schuster to pen her first novel. Says an insider: "We're a little nervous about the first draft. We don't know if she can write and neither does she."

Here's what the kinfolk of the rich and famous are doing to make a living: W.C. Fields's grandson, Ronnie, is writing Marblehead Manor, a TV comedy about servants running amok, with Charo playing a gourmet cook. David Thoreau, a relative of Henry David, has found his Walden Pond at MGM studios where he's writing a Highway to Heaven episode about a TV personality who gets high on drugs, not on nature. Joey Travolta, 35, and Sam Bottoms, 31, brothers of John and Timothy, co-star in the soon-to-be-released film Hunter's Blood. Travolta says he plays "sort of a wimp." Bottoms, who murders 11 people while playing a doctor, says, "I think of myself as Sam-bo."

Thanks to a posse of real Texas lawmen, TV's former Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, 72, can twirl his pearl-handled pistols once again. Moore's two Colt .45s, a silver-embossed gun belt and 36 silver bullets were stolen when he was in Houston. But the Texas police eventually made contact with an unsuspecting collector who had bought the guns and agreed to return them. Says Moore: "In the show the Lone Ranger never kissed a girl—only his horse, Silver. But when they handed me back that gun belt, I kissed my guns."

Fans of Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor can soon learn about his life away from imaginary Lake Wobegon. He will be the subject of an unauthorized biography by Michael Fedo, whose past credits include a book on racism. Though Keillor asked friends and family not to cooperate, Fedo has already begun a study of his fellow Minnesotan's little-known traits. "There is a darkness in Keillor's work that is not immediately apparent because of that marvelous voice that disguises it," says Fedo. "Many people who have seen him perform leave surprised at how angry he can appear."

Now that Platoon has revived '60s war stories, Robin Williams will star as a military disc jockey in the comedy film Good Morning Vietnam....

Meanwhile, Platoon star Tom Berenger will play a New York City policeman in Someone To Watch Over Me. The film, which required all-night shooting in New York and L.A., reminded Berenger somewhat of military duty. He was so busy that he couldn't go home to South Carolina until two weeks after his wife, Lisa, gave birth to their daughter Chelsea. Says Berenger: "I felt like I was on a Navy aircraft carrier and couldn't get off."

Production on the film The Telephone starring Whoopi Goldberg had to be postponed when a key character disappeared. In the comedy, directed by Rip Torn, Goldberg plays an actress who performs her best monologues by leaving phone messages for old friends, former lovers and others. But production came to a halt when a Code-A-Phone machine vanished and had to be replaced with a stand-in. Still at large is an answering machine that doesn't know how to take direction.

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