Thu, 8 November 2012
At Suzanne's prodding, Bob McCullough details his first "on the lot"
gig at Paramount Studios and confesses his never-before-revealed
secrets of life on the set of the original "Mission: Impossible".
They talk about the unique production values, Bruce Geller's
perspective on character develpoment, and how Bob befriended
the writer who had killed his wife with a pair of scissors.
It's a revealing conversation about network-studio conflicts
making early caeer moves, all with the ground-level
view of an up-and-coming Hollywood "gopher".
Fri, 26 October 2012
Bob & Suzanne set the direction for future
podcasts with the high points of Bob’s
writing and producing career from his years
with Aaron Spelling to his gig with Jerry Bruckheimer.
Bob shares the secret to longevity in the TV game while
recalling those shows that took his family
on extended overseas adventures.
From turning another failed pilot into an 88-episode hit
(and finding the world’s most expensive hot dogs), to selling
a network pilot based on a 3-year-old’s show idea, to
scouting the South Pacific looking for perfect surf...Bob
touches upon the high points of his long career.
and discusses the value of building credits and generating
relationships in what is really a very “small business”.
Bob and Suzanne also dish about the state of series
television today while foreshadowing great things to
come in future podcasts.
Thu, 25 October 2012
Suzanne plays the “Latina Power” card, gives her review of today’s
Hollywood Reporter Magazine, does a bit of name-dropping about
their Santa Barbara neighbors, touches upon the years of the Hollywood Blacklist,
and Bob opines about how The Academy Awards seem to overlook the obvious.
Suzanne then takes Bob into the heart of his writing-producing-directing career,
touching upon being laid off from his location manager job at Universal and then
paying dues as “the writer in the closet” with a startup production company
which led him to his first “real” agent.
They discuss early breaks on shows like “BJ & The Bear” and “Sheriff Lobo”
which put Bob’s spec slasher scripts in front of CBS execs who hired him to
add some “spice” to their failed “Vintage Years” pilot. The concept of nepotism is
touched upon as Suzanne gets the credit for ghost-writing the first season’s
series bible for what became “Falcon Crest” which later propelled Bob
into the waiting arms of Aaron Spelling Productions.
Suzanne speed-dials Bob’s memories of Brandon Tartikoff, Dick Butkus, Pat Morita, and “Star Trek”.
Thu, 25 October 2012
In their second episode, Bob admits that he literally begged his way into
grad school...which proved to be a stroke of brilliance as it led to his first
showbiz job as an NBC "page" in beautiful downtown Burbank.
From ushering old ladies into "Let's Make A Deal" to gigs on "The Tonight Show"
with Johnny Carson and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", Suzanne gets Bob
to talk about first encounters with stars like Goldie Hawn, Sammy Davis, Jr.,
Dean Martin, and Kirk Douglas.
Suzanne reacts to Bob's obnoxious career moves as he jumped a long line of
others waiting for a dream job at Paramount Studios and wound up on the set of
"Mission: Impossible" working with Bruce Geller, Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy
and got his first taste of the writer's life with the help of producer Bruce Lansbury.
Suzanne takes Bob from "Mission: Impossible" to "Six Million Dollar Man" and
"Bionic Woman" where he sells his first script without having
the common sense to get an agent.
Suzanne describes how she got her first gig at Universal as a
production secretary who couldn't type a word...and how it eventually
led to her winding up in front of the cameras.
the common senseto get an agent.