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Vince Horiuchi: Outtakes from a critic's notebook
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2006, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

'Everwood' fans vainly protest its cancellation

PASADENA - Dawn Ostroff, president of the new network CW, formed by merging the WB and UPN, made the "painful" decision to cancel "Everwood," which was filmed in Ogden and South Salt Lake.

But she was clueless about how far "Everwood" fans plan to go to convince her to bring it back.

In the series finale, Amy erected a Ferris wheel in front of Ephram's apartment to show her love for him. This Friday, the people in charge of the save "Everwood" campaign (the "Everwood Music" Web site) plan to place a Ferris wheel at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School in Burbank, which is less than a mile from Ostroff's office.

Does anyone have the heart to tell those fans that it would be impossible to resurrect "Everwood," even if the network wanted it? Since the show's cancellation, the series' stars and creators have moved on to other projects. Gregory Smith, who plays Ephram, for example, is now producing a movie called "Wieners" that just wrapped up filming in Utah.

The Utah connection

Actor's birthplace is Vernal

We can't claim him as one of our own now, but actor James Woods technically is a Utahn. The Oscar-nominated actor (for "Salvador" and "The Ghosts of Mississippi") was born in a Vernal hospital April 18, 1947 (according to the Internet Movie Database). At the time, his family lived in Rangely, Colo., which is near the border with Utah, Woods told The Salt Lake Tribune.

"I was born in Vernal because the nearest hospital to Rangely, Colo., was Vernal, Utah, so I was there five days of my life," said Woods, who this fall will star in his first television series, "Shark," as a ruthless attorney who becomes an assistant D.A.

Woods said he also lived in Tooele for the first year of his life because his father worked for Standard Oil as well as the Army. He and his family then moved to Rhode Island, but Woods says he's visited several times in the last five years.

"I've traveled through western Utah . . . It's some of the most beautiful country on Earth," he said.

You can hear an audio clip from our interview at http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment.

Vince Horiuchi is at the TV critics' summer press tour through July 26. For more posts from Vince, see his blog at http://www.sltrib.com.

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