It’s important to keep in mind when talking to those who work in show business that their current project may not be absolutely fresh in their minds. Someone who worked on an animated production most likely recorded their dialogue three or four years ago. Work on a live action film is usually at least a year old.
That kind of lapse doesn’t tend to happen with television projects. Most episodes are produced only a few months before airing.
That wasn’t the case with the NBC medical drama, “Heartbeat.” Because the show’s star, Melissa George, got pregnant, the production schedule was split. Roosevelt School of the Arts grad Christopher Gorham was caught in the middle of that division with his guest-starring role.
“Working on ‘Heartbeat’ was a blast. I filmed those episodes so many months ago, I’d almost forgotten about them,” Gorham says. The NBC description of his “Land of Normal” episode says “Millicent (Shelley Conn) dates a sexy artist.” Gorham plays that artist.
“ ‘Push’ was picked up, but without me. To make it up to me, he (Perry) hired me for a recurring role on ‘Party of Five.’ Mark’s a great guy and a fantastic writer, so reconnecting with him may have been the best part of my ‘Heartbeat’ journey,” Gorham says.
The other projects that have kept Gorham busy since “Covert Affairs” ended in 2014 include the feature film “Po.” Gorham plays the widowed father of an autistic son. Both are trying to deal with the death.
The movie is being shown at film festivals, including the recent Newport Beach International Film Festival. There could be a shot at theatrical release after the festival circuit, then on to DVD/Blu-ray.
Gorham wants to make sure that moviegoers in Fresno get to see the movie.
“If there is community support for it, I’d love to do a big fundraiser screening in Fresno and raise a bunch of money for autism-related services in the Central Valley. So many insurance plans, mine included, do not cover autism, leaving far too many children locked out of the types of services that can make a real difference in their lives,” Gorham says.
“Po” is the kind of project that actors don’t forget, no matter how much time has passed.
Shut up and dance
Disney Channel is continuing the casting process for the original film “High School Musical 4.” An open audition will be held starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim.
“High School Musical 4” introduces new East High Wildcat students and their cross-town school rivals, the West High Knights. Jeffrey Hornaday will direct and choreograph the production.
The casting call is for actors, singers and dancers ages 14-17. An application will be provided upon arrival to the audition.
For more information, go to www.DisneyChannel.com/opencall.
Coming to town
“Wild Kratts Live!,” a touring version of the PBS Kids series “Wild Kratts,” will be at the Warnors Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Brothers Martin and Chris come to life in a tale called “To the Creature Rescue!”
The Emmy-nominated Kratt Brothers activate Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain.
“Wild Kratts,” created and developed by real-life brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt (both nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding writing in a children’s animated series), is in its fourth season.
Tickets start at $29.75 plus service charges. A limited number of VIP meet-and-greet tickets is available. To get tickets, go to warnors.org, call 559-264-2848 or visit the Warnors Center box office.
Your help is needed
The Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC), the nonprofit public, education and government access television station serving Fresno and Clovis, is holding two community focus groups: Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4. The meetings are part of a four-year performance review process.
Results of the performance review will determine future CMAC funding and the resulting services and media equipment that are available to the public.
The meeting May 3 will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CMAC media center, 1555 Van Ness Ave. As for the May 4 meeting, it will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Clovis Police & Fire Headquarters Public Safety Community Room, 1233 Fifth St. in Clovis.
Talk, talk, talk: Those of you who have asked me about my job should try to grab one of the last few tickets for the San Joaquin River Parkway’s “You Be the Critic” event set for June 11. Not only will there be a special film screening, but I will be sharing some of my misadventures as a TV and film critic. Go to https://reservations.riverparkway.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=414 for more information.