Where Hollywood Hides: Television | Movies | Music | Show Business | Writing | Producing | Directing | Acting

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.

 

Direct download: Podcast_4.mp3
Category:Celebrities -- posted at: 9:21pm PDT

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”.

Direct download: Podcast_3.mp3
Category:Television -- posted at: 11:48pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Podcast_2_Rev_copy.mp3
Category:Television -- posted at: 10:26pm PDT

1