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

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Fade in on the 1977 People's Choice Awards. (You know it's 1977 because they pan past a dude with an afro. Also, because the writing on the bottom of the screen says so.) A guy pretending to be...Telly Savalas(? I don't know. I was two in 1977) is presenting the award for Favorite New TV Show. And it goes to...Charlie's Angels! Wow, I am so surprised by that in a movie about Charlie's Angels. Wocka wocka wocka music plays as several anonymous people in the audience look very pleased. The dude with the white bowl cut hairdo is clearly my idol, one Mr Aaron Spelling. I know that, because he's sitting next to Candy Spelling, and I know it's Candy Spelling because everyone knows Candy has had that ponytail for twenty-six years. "Farrah" -- I recognize the hair -- gets up, as Telly Savalas -- or whoever -- says, "Who loves ya, baby?" That's when everyone in the TV viewing audience says, "Isn't that what Telly Savalas said? I guess that is Telly Savalas, then. Wait, is Telly Savalas dead? I think he's dead." Anyway, Farrah, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith, along with this dude -- who looks like Frohike from The X-Files but who, I guess, is the dude who played Bosley, whose name I don't even know -- scamper up to the stage, all filled with glee. Jaclyn leans into the microphone and says that this a "special award, because it came from the people." As if the People's Choice Awards mean anything. Please. Stupid Jaclyn. I hate her already. She goes on to thank Aaron Spelling and Len Goldberg, the show's producers, and then Kate Jackson comes up to the microphone and points at the audience and says, "There you are! Thank you, people," and giggles. Is she high? Or maybe it was just the heady glory of winning the coveted People's Choice Award. Although I will say that the actresses playing Kate and Jaclyn have the voices nailed, Kate particularly. Farrah shimmies up to the stage and wonders what else there is to say, and instead thanks "everybody." In the audience, Wallace "I Was on Veronica's Closet" Langham wears a hideous fake mustache and claps. "That's me, Jay Bernstein," he voice-overs, as we cut to the rollicking People's Choice Awards afterparty. The City Councilman's Ball, as it were. ["Sigh. Poor Wally. So funny on The Larry Sanders Show, once upon a time." -- Wing Chun] Jay explains that he was Farrah Fawcett-Majors's manager, and she was the biggest star in the whole entire world and everyone loved her and blah blah blah. "She wasn't just a client, she was an icon," he says. "But nothing lasts forever, especially in Hollywood."

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Fade in on the 1977 People's Choice Awards. (You know it's 1977 because they pan past a dude with an afro. Also, because the writing on the bottom of the screen says so.) A guy pretending to be...Telly Savalas(? I don't know. I was two in 1977) is presenting the award for Favorite New TV Show. And it goes to...Charlie's Angels! Wow, I am so surprised by that in a movie about Charlie's Angels. Wocka wocka wocka music plays as several anonymous people in the audience look very pleased. The dude with the white bowl cut hairdo is clearly my idol, one Mr Aaron Spelling. I know that, because he's sitting next to Candy Spelling, and I know it's Candy Spelling because everyone knows Candy has had that ponytail for twenty-six years. "Farrah" -- I recognize the hair -- gets up, as Telly Savalas -- or whoever -- says, "Who loves ya, baby?" That's when everyone in the TV viewing audience says, "Isn't that what Telly Savalas said? I guess that is Telly Savalas, then. Wait, is Telly Savalas dead? I think he's dead." Anyway, Farrah, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith, along with this dude -- who looks like Frohike from The X-Files but who, I guess, is the dude who played Bosley, whose name I don't even know -- scamper up to the stage, all filled with glee. Jaclyn leans into the microphone and says that this a "special award, because it came from the people." As if the People's Choice Awards mean anything. Please. Stupid Jaclyn. I hate her already. She goes on to thank Aaron Spelling and Len Goldberg, the show's producers, and then Kate Jackson comes up to the microphone and points at the audience and says, "There you are! Thank you, people," and giggles. Is she high? Or maybe it was just the heady glory of winning the coveted People's Choice Award. Although I will say that the actresses playing Kate and Jaclyn have the voices nailed, Kate particularly. Farrah shimmies up to the stage and wonders what else there is to say, and instead thanks "everybody." In the audience, Wallace "I Was on Veronica's Closet" Langham wears a hideous fake mustache and claps. "That's me, Jay Bernstein," he voice-overs, as we cut to the rollicking People's Choice Awards afterparty. The City Councilman's Ball, as it were. ["Sigh. Poor Wally. So funny on The Larry Sanders Show, once upon a time." -- Wing Chun] Jay explains that he was Farrah Fawcett-Majors's manager, and she was the biggest star in the whole entire world and everyone loved her and blah blah blah. "She wasn't just a client, she was an icon," he says. "But nothing lasts forever, especially in Hollywood."

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