The short-lived (1991-92) Nick at Nite tv show, “Hi Honey I’m Home”, which detailed about a family from the 1950s who get transported to the modern day world of the 90s is one of those rare shows that only a few remember. What makes it more surprising is that it was filmed at the newly opened Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando,FL! I got the chance to talk with Charlotte Booker, who portrayed the mom Honey Nielsen, to talk about what it was like filming there all part of the project about Nick Studios!
I auditioned in New York, several times, for the writers, producers, networks, and director.
Well, it was fun and felt very odd to be part of a theme park. But I had been in TV studios before. And I knew Universal Orlando because I had done another pilot for Nick at Nite called THE EARLY DAYS (about a TV variety show from the late 1940s-50s, like Burns and Allen).
Drive to work, read through the script at a table with everyone, rehearse, lunch, rehearse changes, go home and study. Then on days we were shooting we’d get there very early for makeup, rehearse, and shoot the shows twice, once with an audience. Doing it with an audience was like doing a stage play–fun. After the audience left, we fixed whatever mistakes were made.
I remember Clarissa Explains it All for You. There were others, but frankly, we were so busy, we didn’t have time to hang out with anyone else.
Working is always a luxury for an actor. That part was fun. Originating a role was great fun. The cast and the writers I was working with were amazing. And of course I had lots of out of town visitors from NY and the Midwest because everyone wants to come to Florida for Disney, the weather, the beach, etc.
No. As I said, we didn’t hang out at Nick–we were there to work. And, unlike the other casts, we were mostly adults. So no.
I’m always surprised when someone remembers it.
I’m writing plays these days and working on my own projects. I did a role on the new Jim Gaffigan pilot and a small part in a short film directed by Michael Cera. And I have a tiny part in the new Coen Brothers movie. But mostly I do theatre.
My all-time favorite “Honey” moment was meeting and working with Gale Gordon, Lucy’s Mr. Mooney. The other golden era TV stars (Eva Gabor, Ann B Davis, Jim Nabors, Barbara Billingsley, et al) were a treat, too.