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Brett Cullen addresses 'Under the Dome' daddy issues

Last week, Under the Dome show reps answered one burning question (among others) about the series’ upcoming sophomore season: What is up with Barbie’s family? Well, Wilmywood fans, Barbie has a history — and a daddy. But this announcement creates another long list of questions — primarily, just who do you think you are, Don Barbara? Seriously. Who are you?

This is not a rhetorical question. Maybe we should just ask the man who plays him, Brett Cullen. The Texas-born actor has been insanely busy over the past few years, but has made his way back to Wilmington, North Carolina, to shoot Under the Dome season 2. I knew he couldn’t stay away.

“I shot a Matlock episode [in Wilmington] years ago and shot a TV movie called Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” he said. “My house in Under the Dome is the same house we shot some of Something Borrowed at. The first AC [assistant camera on Under the Dome] reminded me of that, since we had done that together.”

Cullen was also here last summer, filming the indie film River Guard, which will be released in the near future: “I love Wilmington and shooting in North Carolina. It is such a great location. Even though it has become quite a bustling city these days, it retains its beach-town feel — and being a surfer, I love that.”

Yeah, yeah, you love us. Now dish on the juicy details of playing Barbie’s dad. “They have been estranged for two and a half years,” Cullen revealed. “He was a man who is very powerful in Washington and knows the big players. He is also a big player, but he lost his wife and his connection to his son. It is something he has missed.” As far as their relationship as father and son, Brett feels that it’s a bit tense. “He loves his son but it is a strained relationship, I feel, because he was a father who taught ‘tough love’ and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps.”

BrettCullen (2)With Cullen’s crazy acting schedule (see his IMDb page; it’s exhausting), he says it’s hard to find time to actually sit down and dedicate time to a television show, let alone watch anything he’s been in. Did he watch the series before he was cast? “I watched an episode last season, but with my schedule these days, thank God for TiVo!” he said.

While Cullen plays catch-up, we must go back and review the one show that connects the dots on Under the Dome. It’s like six degrees of Lost. If you’ve read my blog, you know I refer to that show often because, let’s be honest, just about everyone who goes Under the Dome is connected to Lost in some way. Brett played the role of Goodwin Stanhope.

“I have heard about the connection,” Cullen admitted. “The main one being my old friend Jack Bender, who ran the series. He directed and was the showrunner on that. It’s good to be reunited with Jack again.” Jack is directing episode 8, for which Brett returned to Wilmington last week.

Recently, Neal Baer revealed that some Chester’s Mill folks might get out of the Dome, while others might enter. That being said, I know I am not alone when I wonder: How the hell did Don Barbara get in? Or does he? “I’m here because of an offer I couldn’t resist,” Cullen said coyly. “If I answer this, I will be giving plot points away. Then I’d have to kill you!”

Fair enough, but I had to ask. The countdown is on until we find out for ourselves what indeed is happening inside and outside the Dome this season.

Under the Dome premieres Monday, June 30, at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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