Ted Danson's TV Time With Wife

In the movie "It Must Be Love," a funny thing happens on the way to divorce for George and Clem Gazelle.

Real-life married couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen play the Gazelles in a movie airing Sunday evening on CBS.

Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winner Danson tells The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm he enjoys working with his wife of eight years.

He says, "We like being together and I guess we enjoy each other's acting, too. In this business, it's really hard. You're calling from all over the world going, 'How are you, how are the kids?' so when you get a chance to go work together, it's a treat."

And not just on a personal level. Danson says, "I think when you work with someone you trust and love and know each other's wants, you're much more likely to allow the scary side. You'll access that and trust, whereas if it's someone new, you might want to impress them a little bit that I'm really not that hideous, so I'll pretend to be hideous as opposed to really allowing that stuff out."

Inspired by a newspaper account of a couple on the verge of divorce who got lost in a snowstorm together, "It Must Be Love" was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley especially for Danson and Steenburgen.

"It Must Be Love" tells the story of a couple who manages to rehabilitate the relationship, just as they were about to end it.

After their daughter's wedding, the couple decided to take a road trip to work out the details of their impending divorce without the interference of greedy lawyers.

But a snowstorm causes them to lose their direction and become stranded. The situation helps the two to express their feelings to one another in a way they haven't done in many years, revealing the sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic truth about themselves and their marriage.

"It Must Be Love" airs on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 15, 9 p.m. ET/PT.

What is next for Danson? His TV series "Becker" is over, but his wife continues in "Joan of Arcadia," a TV show Danson says he enjoys watching.

He says, "It's cool; it's hip. It's great music. It's funny. And you're talking about spirituality, something that's uplifting to the world. You walk away crying and laughing and it's a wonderful, wonderful message. We're all in this together. What you do matters. It has an impact."

As for his career, he says, "I don't know what I'm going to do next. I probably shouldn't do what I did last. So that means something new that people may or may not want to hire me for. And I don't know whether I can do it."

About Ted Danson

  • Raised in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he grew up with Hopi and Navajo children
  • 1972: Stage debut as understudy for the off-Broadway run of "The Real Inspector Hound;" later assumed role and toured with play
  • Appeared in Joseph Papp's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Comedy of Errors." Had recurring role on the NBC drama "The Doctors"
  • 1974-1976: Played regular role on the NBC daytime drama "Somerset;" acted with Sigourney Weaver and JoBeth Williams
  • 1978-1980: Taught acting at the Actors Institute, Los Angeles; also performed managerial duties
  • 1979: Screen acting debut as sad-eyed, bagpipe-playing cop in "The Onion Field"
  • 1980: First notable television roles in two TV-movies: a supporting part in "The Women's Room" and as the lead in the comedy pilot "Once Upon a Spy"
  • 1981: Chosen as the "Aramis Man" for print and television advertisements for cologne and men's toiletry products
  • 1981: Portrayed the flip, cynical district attorney in Lawrence Kasdan's feature directing debut "Body Heat"
  • 1982-1993: Came to national attention as star of popular NBC sitcom "Cheers;" played role of Sam Malone; was making $450,000 per week at end of run; won two Emmy Awards for the role
  • 1984: Starred opposite Glenn Close in the TV-movie about incest, "Something About Amelia"
  • 1986: Was executive producer of first TV-movie, "When the Bough Breaks" (NBC), in which he also starred
  • 1987: Acted with Tom Selleck and Steve Gutenberg in "Three Men and a Baby," a remake of the 1985 French film "Three Men and a Cradle"
  • 1989: Starred as the free-spirited soul attracted to Isabella Rosselini in "Cousins," a remake of the 1975 French film "Cousin, Cousine"
  • 1990: Appeared in the sequel, "Three Men and a Little Lady"
  • 1990-1991: Co-produced the NBC sitcom "Down Home," which featured mostly New York stage actors (i.e., Tony-winner Judith Ivey) and had a uniquely (for TV) "stage" look
  • 1993: Attracted media attention and considerable criticism when he performed a risque monologue in blackface at a Friars Club Roast in honor of Whoopi Goldberg; he and Goldberg made several statements to the press about the good-humored intentions of his "tribute," which caused some audience guests - including the scandalized talk show host Montel Williams - to walk out of the hall.
  • 1994: Starred opposite Macaulay Culkin in "Getting Even with Dad;" Produced and co-starred (with future wife Mary Steenburgen) in "Pontiac Moon"
  • 1996: Played title character in the award-winning NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels;" Steenburgen appeared as Mrs. Gulliver
  • 1996-1997: Returned to series TV with the short-lived CBS sitcom "Ink," a romantic comedy co-starring Steenburgen; also served as executive producer
  • 1998: Delivered dramatic turn in the Showtime miniseries "Thanks of a Greatful Nation;" Made cameo appearance in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"
  • 1998: Starred in the CBS midseason replacement series "Becker;" the network originally made a 13-episode commitment to the project, which is still running in 2004
  • 1999: Reteamed with Lawrence Kasdan in "Mumford"
  • 1999: Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Nov. 10)