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By Rosemary Pollock

Osmond Charms Critics For Upcoming PBS Special

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA -- As part of his promotion for an upcoming performance on PBS, Donny Osmond appeared before TV critics in town for the Television Critics Association press tour. Osmond charmed the TV critics with Broadway hit songs from his upcoming PBS special - "Donny Osmond: This Is the Moment." Osmond is taping the special in New York City on Thursday. "This Is the Moment" will feature contemporary music from Broadway hits including the title track from "Jekyl &Hyde."

"We're going to have a full orchestra - full strings, full brass section - eight dancers....and it is going to be so much fun," Osmond said. "It will be my moment." The PBS special will air across the country on local public television stations as part of their March pledge drives.

Osmond has been very public about his own struggles including his extreme stage fright. When asked if he considered himself "cured" Osmond replied, "Oh no. You constantly feel it." "You'd think that performing in front of an audience since I was 5 years old the last thing I'd do is get nervous. But I remember a quote from Sammy Davis Jr.....He said, 'When you don't get nervous before a performance, you don't care.'"

The Osmond family will also be back on television on Monday, Feb 5 in an ABC made-for-TV movie about the family. "I saw a rough cut the other day, and it shows the very undisclosed side of this family," Osmond said. "It's called 'Behind the Smiles,' and I think it's the perfect title. It shows the hard times - the difficult times financially and career-wise." The movie ends with a brief appearance by the brothers singing, "He's My Brother." "It was a very nice moment for us," Donny said.

A career as a game-show host may be in the future. Donny taped a pilot for the revival of "The $100,000 Pyramid." "I think it would be so much fun. Especially in light of the fact that the whole genre of game shows has changed with what Whoopi (Goldberg) has done with 'Hollywood Squares.' And what Regis (Philbin) has done ( with 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'). It's not considered tacky anymore...It might be something I'd love to do."


Donny dazzles crusty critics
Deseret News 16Jan01 A2
By Scott Pierce: Deseret News television critic
He's excited about a TV special, release of new CD

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