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The words PBS and hit don’t often turn up in the same sentence. But the net staked its claim with the April 29-May 1 miniseries Frontier House, which plunked three families in Montana with 1883 technology for five months. How are the homesteaders readjusting to 2002? — Karen Valby
LOVE LINE ”If I knew they were going to show my dirty laundry instead of me doing dirty laundry, I’d have been a bit more careful,” says Karen Glenn of her strained relationship with hubby Mark. ”We didn’t get along as bad as they made it look,” says Karen, ”but we both made major decisions.” Mark has moved out of the Tennessee home they shared with her two kids from her first marriage; he plans to return to pioneer life in Montana. Says Karen: ”Oh, grow up!” Meanwhile, Nate and Kristen Brooks, who wed on the frontier, live in Berkeley, Calif.
OUTLAWS Gordon and Adrienne Clune were busted for several anachronistic offenses, including sleeping on a box spring found in a deserted cabin. ”If there was a waterbed, I probably would have taken that,” says an unrepentant Gordon, who owns an L.A. engineering firm. He also defends the two teenage Clunes’ smoking. ”The girls rode bareback, they hauled logs…so I gave them the freedom to order a pipe and tobacco.” And Papa’s moonshine still? ”PBS got us a license for that.”
SNOWBALL ”Poor little Erinn wanted to take [horse] Snowball home more than anything,” says exec producer Beth Hobbe of Karen Glenn’s 13-year-old daughter. ”But it wouldn’t have been fair to give her away. And it cost over $4,000 just to transport her.” Erinn did get to keep their frontier dog, Jasper.