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Suzanne begins with the announcement of a new “Music” category at

www.WhereHollywoodHides.com, and—while reminding us she’s sooo much

younger than Bob—lays claim to being a lifelong Beatles fan. 

For his part, Bob admits that he’s just “a rock-and-roll kind of guy”

and would’ve bet the farm that I Want to Hold Your Hand would never

make the charts.  So much for his musical tastes...

 

The episode moves on to what Bob himself describes as his “greatest

career failure” while under contract to Aaron Spelling Productions writing and

producing Dark Mansions for ABC-TV.  It’s a tale of classic Hollywood

casting politics as Bob sets the record straight as to exactly why former

movie queen Loretta Young never got the part in the film that eventually

went to Oscar winner Joan Fontaine.

 

Bob reveals the nature of production and budgets in Spelling’s 1980s-era

Hollywood, as well as the rationale (follow the money!) for the  excessive

proliferation of producer credits seen on Dark Mansions.  With a tip of the hat

to the talents of Linda Purl, Michael York, Melissa Sue Anderson,

Nicollette Sheridan, and director Jerry London, Bob’s confidence in the show

never prepared him for the horrible results of an evening of sneak-preview 

audience testing.  It’s the story of how a “hit movie” with the promise of becoming

a network television series became an instant embarrassment for all...

as well as an immediate career bump for the fool who wrote it (that’d be Bob).

 

Going from “Golden Boy” to “Bob who?”, and proving the truth of

when you’re hot, your hot, and when you’re not...you’re not,

this episode is a good illustration of the pitfalls to be found on

the Hollywood career path for any writer, actor, producer, or director.

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Opening this follow-up to the previous episode with an off-the-wall giggling fit,

Bob and Suzanne quickly recover their “professional bearing” and

Suzanne recalls how she broke into the Screen Actors Guild and entered

the world of studio and network auditions.  Listen as Suzanne tells

how the harsh reality of typecasting and constant rejection taught her

just how tough showbiz can be.

From a double-date with Robert DeNiro and "the method" at The Actors Studio,

to a risque bedroom scene with Bill Murray, Suzanne reveals what

"the Hollywood life" was like for a young actress

willing to try anything...once.

From start to finish, there are lessons here for any aspiring actor...

and some bottom line advice for those chasing the dream.

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From her first days visiting a boyfriend on the set of The Godfather with Francis Ford Coppola and Al Pacino, Suzanne moved quickly from one opportunity to the next and found herself front-and-center at Hollywood’s famed Central Casting Agency.

She soon found herself  in front of the cameras on shows like Quincy, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Emergency, C.H.I.P.S., and Kojak, to name just a few.

Suzanne also reveals some of the “dark side” of being an attractive female on those sets, as well as her fond memories of working with true professionals like Lee Majors, James Garner and Bill Bixby.

We hear about what was surely her biggest break when Suzanne was working on Fantasy Island as one of several “Lava-Lava Girls”. Suzanne leaves us hanging a bit, promising to tell us next about her always surprising career as an actress…and much more!

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Celebrating their milestone 10th episode, Suzanne bathes in the afterglow of

Ben Affleck’s Argo win as Best Motion Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards,

but chastises the show’s producers not having someone on hand to catch

Jennifer Lawrence when she took a tumble on her way to accept her Oscar.

 Suzanne mentions the birthday of an iconic I Love Lucy star,

and Bob recalls being on the Paramount Studios lot with Lucy where

Desi Arnaz reinvented the way sitcoms are shot. 

We then learn about the gloriously indulged life of a writer-producer working

under contract to Aaron Spelling and Suzanne shares details of Spelling’s

background that eventually led him to become the most powerful TV producer in history.

When Spelling handed Bob Jackie Collins’ Hollywood Wives to read,

it was the beginning of an incredible year that had him hob-nobbing with

major showbiz icons like Rod Steiger, Candace Bergin, Robert Stack, Suzanne Somers,

Angie Dickenson, Joanna Cassidy, Stephanie Powers, and the man who

would later become “Hannibal Lecter”, Anthony Hopkins.

Suzanne finally gets Bob to admit that he was a bit of an early

sleaze-meister while astutely drawing the parallel between Hollywood Wives

and today’s Kardashians, proving her theory that little has changed when it comes to

attracting an audience because “it’s all entertainment.”

 

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Bob & Suzanne share their history on "Falcon Crest" with

fond memories of location shooting in The Napa Valley.

Suzanne reveals details of her friendship with Jane Wyman while

Bob sings the praises of the show's amazing cast including

Susan Sullivan, Bob Foxworth, David Selby, William R. Moses,

Lorenzo Lamas, and a certain Playmate of the Year.

Working with film legend guest stars always brought

surprises...from huge cue cards to a fear of kissing!

The episode wraps up with Bob describing how his work on the

show came to an unexpected end, making a not-so-casual reference

to the head of the studio as...well...a "prick".

Owwww....

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Bob & Suzanne open with the contrast between Barbara Walters'

recent bout with chicken pox and Matt Damon's debut as a standup

comic on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"...which leads to Bob admitting he's too

short for Nicole Kidman while Suzanne slips in yet another fawning comment

about Ben Affleck!

We learn how Bob went from writing "BJ & The Bear" to helping create one of

the most enduring nighttime soaps of all time, "Falcon Crest"...and that

Suzanne just missed becoming a housekeeper having sex with J.R. Ewing

on "Dallas" (with a nod to Governor Schwarzenneger).

And before it's over, Bob's equestrian skills become a source of humor for

his long-legged tall-in-the-saddle co-host.

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For the New Year, Bob & Suzanne detail how Bob went

from Location Manager at Paramount and Universal to selling

his first story on The Six Million Dollar Man by overcoming

the age-old problem of executive nepotism and...theft.

We hear about life on the set with Lee Majors, and how

Bob just happened to spend a day alone with Farrah Fawcett well before

she ever rached stardom on Charlie's Angels.

Suzanne manages to dish a little Hollywood gossip, but

admits to wearing "Farrah hair" when it was the rage!

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#1 Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills & "Dating Game"

This debut episode starts with Bob's FBI-agent birthright and takes us through

a childhood spent in Sunset Strip nightclubs where he hung out with

Nat  "King" Cole, sang duets with Sophie Tucker and Johnny Ray, and was

introduced to the joys of Parliament cigarettes...at age six!

Raised with gun-toting West Coast Jewish mobsters as

family role models, Bob reveals the details of youthful encounters with

naked movie stars like Carol Baker and Rock Hudson...and describes his

celebrity-filled school years living just down the street from the movie-star

mansions of Beverly Hills.

Life at Beverly Hills High--where Bob did a good job of "passing" as Jewish--

led to an eye-opening experience with anti-semitism which colors his

attitudes even to this day.

Suzanne gets Bob to reveal how Vietnam-era draft evasion caused him to

change his name...and how repeated appearances on a handful of TV quiz shows

propelled him toward an unusual career choice.

Although he whimped out when he won a date with a Hollywood stripper, 

Bob had a fresh taste of showbiz that he just couldn't shake.

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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".

 

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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.

 

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