Jon-Erik Hexum's television career only lasted a little over two years, from 1982 through 1984. The 1983 television movie, Making Of A Male Model was the project that really solidified his place of one of the hottest men ever to grace the small screen. Prime Time Soaps were all the rage in the eighties, and Making Of A Male Model brought Hexum together with Joan Collins, the most written about woman of genre. Produced by Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent and directed by DALLAS and Dynasty director Irving J. Moore, all of the elements for success were in position.
TV movies are mostly a thing of the past. Too bad, they provided work for many actors in between regular television gigs. Today, many shows (Under The Dome) would work much better as mine-series or TV movies, but networks now feel the need to squeeze every cent, and every ounce, of creativity, from anything they ari. Although I was too young to have watched or remember this movie when it aired, I do remember over the subsequent years, seeing images of Hexum from the project in newspapers and magazines.
Thanks to e-bay, I did pick up a copy of the movie about ten years ago, and it lived up to the hype. The story was week, and you couldn't escape the time period if you tired. Hexum however, had the star power to keep me glued. Every scene, shirtless or full dressed, it didn't matter. His magnetism and charisma were enough to elevate a so so project into one that still generates heat whenever it is mentioned.
Making Of A Male Model
October 9, 1983
Directed by Irving J. Moore
Produced by Aaron Spelling & E. Duke Vincent
Written by AJ Carothers