"PRIMETIME LIVE" FOLLOWS THE TRIUMPHS AND DISAPPOINTMENTS OF FIVE WOULD-BE CHILD STARS IN THEIR QUEST TO MAKE IT BIG IN HOLLYWOOD, THURSDAY, APRIL 14 ON ABC
Also: Bernard Kerik Discusses His Dramatic Fall from 9/11 Hero
And Presidential Cabinet Nominee to Tabloid Target
Cynthia McFadden visits the Oakwood Apartments, a Los Angeles residential complex where, for years, child actors - from Tom Cruise to Hilary Duff -- have come to be discovered. During a few hectic months each year -- the all-important pilot season when studios enter a casting frenzy -- a steady stream of would-be stars from all over the country flocks to this veritable acting boot camp. With their agents and managers in tow, these precocious kids hope to defy the odds and land the role that will launch their Hollywood career. "Primetime" follows five of these young hopefuls to see whether they get their big break or see their quest for fame end in disappointment. "Primetime Live" airs THURSDAY, APRIL 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The pursuit of this dream means leaving everything behind, including most of their family and friends. But the kids and their parents say it's worth the sacrifice - as well as the tremendous expense and frequent rejection. "It's always hard to see your child go through something difficult," says Emily Green of Madison, WI, whose son, Zach, hopes to land a movie role. "But I think part of this experience is helping a child learn to deal with rejection. That's going to happen in their lives and their adult lives."
Also: When Bernard Kerik was nominated by President Bush to run the Department of Homeland Security, it seemed the culmination of the ultimate rags-to-riches story. Kerik, the son of a prostitute, became a decorated cop and eventually New York City's police commissioner. And along with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, he became a national hero on September 11. But Kerik withdrew his name from consideration for the cabinet post after it was discovered that he hadn't paid all the required taxes for his family's nanny, who turned out to be an illegal alien. A flurry of tabloid stories ensued that put his personal and professional life under a microscope and tarnished his reputation. In an exclusive television interview with Chris Cuomo, Kerik shares the inside story of his humbling fall, and addresses some of the damaging charges that have been leveled against him.
"You know everybody says they want to have that American Dream," he tells Cuomo. "I would say don't, don't have that American Dream. Live the life the best you can. When you get that American Dream, there's a thousand people at the top to despise you for it."
Diane Sawyer, Chris Cuomo, Cynthia McFadden and John Quiqones are the anchors of "Primetime Live." David Sloan is the executive producer.