Sun, 5 May 2013
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.
Wed, 3 April 2013
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.
Tue, 26 March 2013
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!
Fri, 1 March 2013
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.”
Sun, 10 February 2013
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".
Sat, 2 February 2013
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.
Sun, 6 January 2013
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!
Sun, 6 January 2013
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.
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.