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Must-Ski TV

posted: 03/15/2006

Neither Park City, Utah, nor Aspen, Colorado, is a stranger to Hollywood. Robert Redford brought the Sundance Film Festival to Park City in 1985, and Aspen has been a veritable celebrity petting zoo since the 1970s. Now they've both got their own TV shows.

The plot for Aspen: The Sitcom, which is still being pitched to networks, revolves around a group of rich friends living on Red Mountain, one of the town's pricier subdivisions. The characters are pure Aspen: investment banker, retired model, Hollywood starlet, nubile college girl, and trust-funder.

"I feel like I have a grip on the gut and soul of Aspen," says writer Greg Simmons. "Aspen: The Sitcom is a parody of the rich." Simmons began the project last year by riding the Aspen gondola and interviewing locals and tourists about their heady, true-life exploits. He's even reached out for help from several Hollywood writers and comedian Robin Williams.

Meanwhile, Park City is the setting for Everwood, a new WB network drama set in the fictional town of Everwood, Colorado. The idea: Widowed New York neurosurgeon Andrew Brown (played by Treat Williams) has packed up the kids in the SUV and left the big city for the healing vistas of the Rockies.

In real life, Williams owns a home in Summit County, so he fits right into the Park City scene. "Treat is an incredible skier," says cast member Chris Pratt, 18. Producers usually require actors to sign contracts forbidding them from participating in aggressive sports, but Pratt, an avid snowboarder, was told "just don't fall on your face and knock your teeth out."

If an accident does occur, there are two doctors in the show, so they can write the injury into the storyline.

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