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"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on From Scratch
"Just see him again. I said I'll do it but only because I love you because I know oh he's not the guy so my came in the second time and he was Mike and I was available to sit and after he left the office I turned to do and I said why. Don't you tell let me about him. This is the guy when you finally did hire Michael Fox before the show started. You had trouble seal sealing that deal because you couldn't find him. Could you tell tell us about that or one of the great things how moments occur you know Michael Fox said later to me if I didn't get family ties I was giving up. I'd I've been pushed around and overlooked. I just I just couldn't do it anymore. So he had no money. He was selling off furniture to stay alive so he didn't have a phone own something I can certainly relate to so he was using this pioneer chicken outlet up on Highland Avenue as his office so I called Bob Girsch is agent agent. I said Bob we WANNA make the deal and he said I have to wait till the checks in what do you mean it goes. He's going to go to the chicken place and call me. Finally you convince yourself self that Michael Fox was the right person but brandon tartikoff who was the president of N._B._C. Greenlighted the show and said yes gary. We're GONNA do family ties but on one condition ocean we use someone other than Michael Fox and you fought for Michael. What brandon was a genius you know and so he was trying hi to help you know it certainly didn't seem like it at the time his suggestion was that we replace Michael and I said you can't that's crazy? I mean he's the guy and I couldn't do it. I mean I would rather be show. It wasn't a hard fight with brandon you know and they basically said fairly quickly basically if okay if you feel that strongly about it. Let's just go with Michael in your book. You say that Michael Fox delivered brandon after the show is a success a lunchbox with Michael's face on the cover of let an inside was crow and there's this idiom to e crow. What is e chromium remains to admit your mistake and the eat? I'll eat my hat at this. Is it eat your hat because brandon had said about why so why don't you want Michael Fox and this is this the kind of face it'll be on a lunchbox and I so I don't know a thermos may sir. Can you cast like that but what was so great about Brandon Brandon had that lunchbox on his desk so it was the first thing you saw when you walked into his office. Also there was was a little bit of a of a pivot in the show <hes> youth you initially thought the show would be centered around parents. <hes> you know echoing your life with Diana but it ended up being more about the kids kids that really is just testament to the power of Michael Fox. You know it's like you draft Michael Jordan. You Change Your offense. I don't care what your offense was the week before or if you have Joe Montana you all of a sudden go into the west coast offense because that works for Joe Montana well we had Michael Jordan and Joe Montana. We had Michael Fox he was it was something that could not be denied and B.. C. Aired all seven seasons of family ties but this is after C._B._S.. Turned you down. What's what's the story there rose? You know that almost anything that's worked as been turned down somewhere E._T.. was turned down at Columbia. Star Wars was turn down at Fox. I mean they hated it so much that they let George Lucas. Keep the copyright to it. You know the first <hes> screening of of <hes> breakfast tiffany's they wanted to take out the song Moon River Dude I mean there is just a history of this so no one gets kinda nervous..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"It could never recover. Again, it was one of those things where I assumed the world, wait till we get on TV because the world has had to suffer with mediocre entertainment, hang on, if he can just wait a little longer, because here we come. And of course once again I was wrong. Well, so it's four months at that lasted. I'm wondering. And it sounds like for some of that. You knew that it was just a matter of time, because the affiliates were pulling out. Oh, yeah. But I mean that was first of all, let me just say about stupid Petric, I think may be and, you know, it's arguable but at the time, perhaps, the single best talk idea since stump the band. And I know stump the band predated, Johnny back to radio. I think but super Petric's was offended was nothing but genius. But everything else we had a producer who quit that the we're supposed to go on the Monday. And he quit Friday. Because he realized better, you know, get off now and swim to shore than drown. So we were on our own you almost won't with Roger Ailes. Right. I read was that, right? I heard that he because he had done Mike Douglas, and that's right. Yeah Westinghouse because we knew some people who worked at Westinghouse. Yeah. If only you'd hired him, we wouldn't have had Fox News. Maybe. Would have been a show. I stay home and one. Wow. Yeah. But so when this thing was cratering were, you worried that you had blown your shot. Yeah. Sure. Yeah. Because as you pointed out early, there were not that many opportunities. Now, this was an NBC show, and it was under the aegis, I think of Fred Silverman, and Brandon tartikoff, and I knew Brandon tartikoff and liked Brandon tartikoff, quite well. And I think he was the air apparent to Fred Silverman anyway, so, yeah, I thought, well, we're done here. You go to the back of the line was true. You go to the back of the line, and it was about a year and a half. And it was it was awful. It was just it was looking. I read you one thing he sat around that time. Sure, quote, I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, really breathtaking amount of grass almost every night during failed morning show, and it was only about a two month period. I just got to the point where I'd be stone, and I'd wish I wasn't so I quit close quote, but that was because you felt that this coal ultimate ambition, which it sounds like from the beginning would have been. Into the tonight show, and now I just torn it up and thrown it away and set fire to it. And when the show went on the air, I had stopped drinking, and then when the show went off the air, I went back to drinking. So, so I had that problem as well. Yes. And I can remember what the was thinking about. I'm now at a point where I'm talking to my son about smoking weed. Yes. And I try to isolate for him my experiences with it. And one night, I was smoking a joint, and I was watching the Yankees and I became fixated with the fact that the pitcher was actually standing on a mound of dirt. That, that's all I Cus on. I just I thought, wow, look at that. That's just it's just standing. And then, then I got hungry, and I went to the refrigerator, and in the freezer were two pints of ice cream pint of Haagen, Dazs vanilla, a pint of Haagen Dazs chocolate, and I stood there by the refrigerator, and carved out the vanilla it all standing there, and I thought, well, I'm still hungry. Right. So then I finished up the pint now I you know, the old pints pound the world around so, so. That night in short period. I two pounds of ice cream. Now I go back to bed and I wake up in the middle of the night under the impression that my heart has stopped..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on The Church of What's Happening Now
"I mean, these guys would be joke writers and there's room for that, too, with the guys that really resonate of the ones that come in from their own inside heart, good or bad, that they, they give it to you. You know, I think that's, that's makes the type of material happy that you're happy that you put out. I mean last year's best fucking work, you know. I'm happy that you saw this implicitly for years. You wrote about satellites, and Martian. Fucking guerrillas getting beat up put the story that shine the most with the one on the analysis. I'm trying to say, yeah, you're right. How long did you mean from ninety one was when you first fuck in tape recorded, Dr Shirley that and all that? How long did you hold on those cassettes? Did you still have? But did you had Pete Varley heard him? Brian curry, writing this already ninety two had over the years. I guess I had lots of notes. I wrote treatments. I wrote I wrote. Sort of breakdowns, beginning middle ends. So I had a lot of material. So when I when I told Brian about it, he took Pete, I had a lot to scam challenged bad. You definitely I do before he passed without he knew my life, but he knew couldn't do it till after Dr show he passed away. So that's why I never did. I got approached a couple of times, though it and I even got set till changed the names changed the names. The story saw and believable change the names, I don't wanna do that Tim. And I couple times it was broken. I couldn't made a lot of money with the pre one time, Brandon tartikoff, president of paramount minis office. I'll do this right now, but still who want to be with the head of paramount. And I was like, working in nightclubs, but I sit and I promise the guy prompts the guy wouldn't do to after he passed. So I don't wanna do that. You know, and you promise Dr Shirley, you would not do it, though. He got may one onto get. Married and stuff. Correct. No, no. He stayed. No, nothing. He was married like, in the forties of Phil four the move by he was telling them that he was married until years, the use whatever it. So he then, then he never why, why didn't you want the story until he was dead. I, he didn't tell me it could have been because of the, the gay thing. And I was specked that because he was still from an era that, you know, he never out think he ever came out publicly about that. If that's what the that was. The reason whatever the reason was. But that that's what I just respect to when he asked me, so neck, you went from Long Island shark attack. The jersey shore tools at Oscar. Golden globe. What advice do you have for young writers, who you have any like, well, you take a writing course? Did you read the writing book, you just look, though the scripts scripts? I read books on writing. I've read, you know, the famous one William Coleman's book adventures in the screen trade, I read later on Stephen king's book on writing great book, but that was like later, when I, I thought I wanted to write a script, there was a book of screenwriting format. I just looked. That was type read. I just looked okay. The dialogue here you put this here. And the my still looking scripts may just said, okay, this is Holly, do it interior means inside exterior means outside, and sound stupid and simple, but you don't know. And luckily my father was doing some movies. So he'd bring scripts home for me. He say read this. Look at this. You know, so he helped me courage me in that way. So I. Just kinda in me always do it, but I would say to anyone doing it. Don't give up for anything. You know, I been doing this along time, banging around forever. And you know I hit this point now. So it may be downhill from here. Who knows you doesn't matter. You know, it doesn't really matter..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on MyTalk 107.1
"On the stage Alexis. You were hitting in radio. Here. We're done. We're done. Guys can flee. I know that you were just being silly Meghan. Markle shared a new photo of RT on her first mother's day with a tribute to Princess, Diana, which is very sweet, she is Diana's favorite flower. The forget me nots can be seen in the background. And she the captions has paying tribute. All mothers today past present mothers to be in those loss. But forever remembered we honor and celebrate each and every one of you, and I know mother's days. Hopefully, you'll had a great mother's day. I know it can be a complicated day for a lot of people. It's it's a it's a feeling of love and loss in our house. And I know that's reflected on a lot of household. So it's yes, it's a beautiful wonderful thing. But also can be painful just like anything. Good inglorious in the world. Right. Right. That was my sermon for this Monday morning. Thank you. Very welcome KENDALL. Jenner was left out of Kris jenner's mother's day tribute. So funny, Chris wrote happy mother's day to all of the beautiful moms out there into the women who are mentors. And mother figures to someone special and then captioned a collage of photos with that cop Shen, she's with her daughters, and then her grandchildren and then not KENDALL. Oh, yeah. Oops. I think rob was left out to though. Yeah. I think so poor rob. But I. Rob is the Chris Kirkpatrick fan. The Danny would you know, the Rava caliber, rob? I get that though. I mean, oh, he's just not happy with how he is right now. And so then he doesn't want to be in photos. Yeah. By choice. Maybe he's just like, you know, I don't have anything to do with that. Yes. Could be the case the executives at FOX are talking about their challenge with diversity now that they canceled several shows with African American leads. So they're talking about this on the up fronts press call because you know, empire was one of several shows that were canceled on FOX. So they don't have to deal with Jesse small at situation one more season. Oh, then that's it. After that. The next season will be the finale will be the final season. Okay. So. Dr lethal weapon and wral were all cancelled. And the the bigwigs at FOX are saying, yes the effort continues. We've gotta just keep working on finding shows that represent diversity which I think every network has to do. Yes. It was absolutely. It was like the Saturday night massacre the Saturday massacre. They got rid the networks canceled a tunnel shows on Friday. There's a lot there much pressure to just make it. I mean, there's just no there's no time to ten minutes burn a little bit. And see what it can evolve into. I always look back. If you ever go back and watch like the pilot episode of Seinfeld, you're going. This is the worst show ever. The whole years. Yes, years people forget the first season of cheers. It was the second to last show in the ratings of eighty shows. It was like seventy ninth. It was horrible. Brandon tartikoff the the wiz kid at NBC believed in it and gave it time to percolate. You don't get time in those network shows anymore, and that's kinda too bad. Because I think sometimes I mean, clearly, look at tears and Seinfeld. Those two shows those have ended up being some of the greatest shows in history. And it's almost like some shows just need a little bit of time to evolve in the ones that come out. Great right out of the gate have sometimes difficult time living up to that great first season ended up being sort of a disappointment..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Poop Culture
"It had five consecutive years as the number one rated show on television, it spawned off a different world, which was top five in ratings for four of its sixties. I mean, I know like Cosby just tarnish the legacy of the show, but it's probably one of the biggest sitcoms ever be on television. And interestingly like, I I know that it got pulled off everything. But there was one channel. There was still playing it up until PIN go have it down anymore. Now is like some channel. I never heard of. It was like a like a B T knockoff. There was still running it. But now nobody is. So unless you pay for it on prime or you own it, you're not gonna see it sucks. Thanks bill. Ruined it because now will never see the greatest character in television history. Cousin pam? Cousin? Pam. Mike rangers. You'll it's funny. You go back, and you watch the Cosby show all the evidence is right there. Everybody loves mister huxtables famous sauce. Hurry, curry curry and pudding. Sad is sad. Because that's when you think about the eighties, and you think about like, you're like five shows e you can name if you just go to somebody on the screen on the street. They're going to say the Cosby show is one of those shows. Absolutely. It just sucks that you know, that it's more than that. But it is. What is but some is what is that? I'm going with the pick. Not is what is he? Out there. All right. It's a September sixteenth nineteen eighty four. I ready talked about this one little bit. We had the meteoric rise of MTV in the early eighties in every network was trying to get on board hit that younger demographic. So NBC executive came up with a brainstorm and as legend has it the NBC president. It was Brandon tartikoff he scribbled down MTV cops on a napkin and away. We went from there, you know from there. They brought in the produce from hillstreet blues, Anthony jerk vich who's actually only around for six episodes. And they decided at first it was going to be a TV miniseries called Gold Coast. But thank God. That didn't happen. They brought a Michael man, and he told him that was a fucking awful idea. They got rid of the named Gold Coast because that sounds like some kind of water sports fetish porn, and thankfully, they decided turn into TV series and appropriately name the show Miami. Vice and. Then just kind of utilize man's like unique like Neo Noir style where everything's in pastels. And it's such a great show. If you go back and watch it like, it might not be the greatest content and episodes, but just the imagery in the sound. And every it's so eighties just sums ease up ended up running for five seasons. And like I said before about the ratings, I kind of touched on it. It never cracked the top ten. It's total snafu by NBC considering the air the show for the MTV crowd. And they put it on Friday and Sunday nights to study make any sense to me that said the show transformed cop shows on TV. Also, you know added loads of violence, which he didn't see before you had celebrity guests stars. And they inspired fashion for good like two or three years. Like every guy thought he was Sonny Crockett or wanted to be at least and to John cross was on this episode. But dick wolf. Actually, a writer and producer for Miami. Vice and after it ended he started law and order notations there. I didn't know he worked on vice. Yep. He had a couple of cid's air under his belt. But yeah, there it is if you you don't wanna see any earth tones in all pastel Miami. Vice? Mammy Brown and the Cosby show at green forget about that shit. All right, close us out. Mike ranger what your picks for television or right CBS debut to show on September thirteenth nineteen ninety six that ran for nine seasons and two hundred and ten episodes. Everybody loves Raymond starting Ray remodel entered our homes as.
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Everything's Coming Up Simpsons
"Hi, I'm Ali Gert. And I'm Julia Prescott. And everything's coming up. Mel mac. We are coming to you from another planet or maybe your planet. If you're from Mel MAC show. I well blue. Well, we will spoil it for the listeners at home. Why hold on? Oh, julia. Of course, doing a special of podcast pod episode where we are coming to you talking about the TV classic. Oh, which is back in form. It's back and forth. And I'm just delighted to not only talk about this topic. But to talk with our very special guest, you know, him you love him. You've heard him before talking about all things that are non Simpson. To talk about talk about coming on. Please welcome to the show L, gene. Pleasure to be back. This is L G dirt. Julie prescott. Okay. There is another alpha on the show Alf Clausen does the music just the Simpsons. I'm surprised. I mean, Julie alpha just on the table and refused to take it. And I take offense to that. But I do like that my name in this. Parlance is going to be Julia quotes Alf Prescott. And it's like, I'm a baseball player. I love that. I did. I I think if we roll back the tape you'll hear I did say Julia Fresca. Yeah. So you worked off. This third crummy credits trilogy. Yes, I worked in L for one season. And it was a hit. It was the highest rated thing I ever worked on one show. Mike recent IRO, it was top ten link with twenty million viewers and then two years later. It was off the air. It was very strange story. And with the Simpsons I was always motivated by Alf because I thought a show that Senate kids are big fans of can just plummet immediately Morgan Mindy too. So that's one reason the shows the Simpsons been on thirty years. We can't be short-lived show. For that taste of the sunshine. And then you know away. Right. Right. Well, the Simpsons end with to be continued. Well, the store the reason behind that the a lot of the story relates to Brandon tartikoff, and then I looked up elfin Wikipedia. And the first thing is totally untrue. So I'll leave you say that what I read. Well pulse. Cisco worked with the Jim Henson materials, and he created this character Alf and Bernie Brill Stein. Did want to pitch it. It wasn't Bernie who do had doubts. He took it to NBC, and there's very famous meeting where all the NBC executives hated it. Nothing was nobody was laughing. It was just miserable. And then Fusco wearing Alf picked his nose and wiped it. Brandon tartikoff jacket and tired of cough started laughing so hard. He goes over. You gotta buy this. Playoff made it to the air. Wow. Wow. And so I mean, but Henson was very popular at the time or really was like we're kind of experiencing I feel like a muppet tearing or puppeteer in renaissance. But like that I feel like Henson was like, you know, sky-high coming into theme parks doing stuff like that. So it was that part of the reason of why Alf sort of came to be or is there another origin story beyond. I think there's two things. At that time. Yeah. The Muppets were huge. But also, Paul Fusco who does the voice, and you know, kind of is the character. He doesn't eat cats that I know of. He is really funny. And and you know, he just brought it to life. And it was you know, when people talk about them up at alpha is going on. But. He's an alien..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"Want to graduate. I will still allow you my program, even if you choose to do something else. Well, no program does that while no graduate program goes to say YoM an interview for a spot in botany, you know, and then you want to go into zoology. You know, you're a plant, dude. Now, you want to study animals what's wrong with you. A fucker even saying you hear a plant lover. And I see what these leopard videos on YouTube. Fuck yourself. You don't belong here at Pierce college. Botany? I don't know. And normally graduate programs, of course, they wanted to your vesting money in graduate programs. But it just took a very very outside the box guy to accept an outside the box person who has lost. And he really saved my medical crit my life. And once he did that I was kind of like, I just actually loved being Dr for the first time I felt like I was working with people that understood me that I have two different interests. I do like the academic side. I do believe in crystals of doing chopping wood caring water getting rewarded for that? But I also have this artistic side. And then I realized you know, that's where I felt most well rounded, and I felt so free, and I would use to openly just do coffeehouses just around town in New Orleans. And in the comedy seem wasn't as good as it wasn't Carolina. But I was in an improv group every Saturday at midnight. So I was actually doing more comedy yet. I was. Working like literally eighty hour weeks. So I don't know even how I did it, but it was a work hard play hard mentality. But it was like this adrenaline rush for three years, and I actually became a better doctor and that program. I mean, I always told myself just to myself internally every year if I don't wanna do it. I shouldn't you know, I always gave myself those parameters whether people knew that or not and actually in end of ninety five I one this stand up comedy competition in New Orleans, the big easy laugh where it was judged by. But Friedman who is founder of all the improv comedy clubs, and Brandon tartikoff who is like the chairman of paramount and head of NBC back when I was a kid so he had moved out to New Orleans and L was at the orpheum theater. And I won that contest. And the winner got to do two nights at the Hollywood improv, and I got offered even representation by a personal appearance agent. Hey, if you wanna move out now, we can put you on the road, you know, and I think that agent had. Represented like Jim Carrey whenever he did stand up. It was a scenario the decision. It was hard. But I made the decision myself. And I said I like, my residency too much. It was actually less difficult. Ironically than at Duke when I had absolutely no Hollywood connections with that says is that you fought for in figured out a way to continue to do performance of some sort because that was important to you. But it wasn't important to you. Because of some end today, if you talk to kids, they don't say, I want to be an actress, they say, I wanna be famous it doesn't sound like you had any underlying agenda you just wanted to perform. Yeah. It's so funny like unflashy my dad telling me like in general, even this is even after the hangover, you know, he's always reminding me like leaving college. It was like don't pursue fame..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on KFC Radio
"But when we were filming that show, we only did four we did five seasons of this screen. We didn't know how successful that show is. And it wasn't as successful as as time because the French people getting. We were Saturday morning show with a bunch of kids like they didn't protect us. Hey, you're not miss bliss though, bro. She got screwed. Hayley mills. Yeah. She just got axed after one creche. I think she's fine. She's doing all right in retrospect, I mean, you should be retired off of that. Because it is if you look back on it. But again we were cancelled for every season. Like people are stand that. Treatment. Yeah. After every season, we say goodbye to each other. And we were like, okay. Well, that's it. And we'll see and then we picked up again. And it was Brandon tartikoff was the head of the network that time, and it was sort of a pet project for him. And he really saw the value and having that show on Saturday morning for the call him the tween audience, and that's why we stayed on because primarily because Brandon tartikoff like the show and his kids were watching it. Generate the rabid sort of viewer until it became syndicated, which was probably three years after we ended the show ninety four. So how old you at that point ninety four nineteen. So you're a little bit older and all the ninety four twenty. Massa? Pretty don't worry about it. So like at that point, you're twenty nineteen whatever. And now all of a sudden you have like mega fame off of that. No, not not not really. That's not the way. It went our time getting a job for a while. Because I played a character. A lot of people know me know, that that was a character that I produce I wasn't popular in school, the guy that was popular in school was my version Zack Morris might so that that that character that I played the swagger the hair, and the, you know, the finger point in the wings and stuff those were all just things that I picked up from watching the popular kids in my school. Also, huge inspiration for me was fares Buehler's day off. I thought that movie was that was my shit back in the day. Watching Matthew Broderick play that character. When they told me I was gonna talk to the cameras like just like Matthew Broderick fares dealer. I watched that movie over and over and the mannerisms and stuff. So I really had a hard time after that finding a role because I was I was known as as more. Character. Did you resent that of course, at that point? You do because you're like, wait guys. You know, I was acting. And then it wasn't until probably when I started doing NYPD blue when Stephen Bochco gave him my shot for that. Where played in New York detective that was starting to do roles that I had that..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Raised by TV
"What's he doing on an equestrian? Because you're showing the car jumping over stuff literally montage the car flying over things. It's a nine thousand nine hundred just women. They don't do anything in the show. It's a nine hundred eighty two Pontiac trans AM that's really like with tinted windows, and it showed in sped up foot film. I wrote I wrote a paper in college. We we were assigned to we had to write a paper on a controversial topic and everyone did like fucking abortion or the death penalty. And mine was about who would win in a race, the general Lee or or Kitt from Knight rider, jollies the car from dukes of hazzard show, which has not well Well in at all. a show where the hero is like an old southern boy. Good old confederate play. I know this show. But I don't know anything about it. Like, I don't get you know, what to be fair. Same watch. Like this. I mean, all this stuff was like huge TV in my household, especially I somehow FX cracked like the code in the early nineties were they got all the syndicated episodes of these shows. So when I got home from school when my brother, and I got home from school. It was like eighteen dukes of hazzard sometime. I think they had mission impossible the original show. It was like all action adventure shows. Let's just for like dads to yet. Miami vice fire, Michael man, it was all like shows about cars pre. The premise for night riders crazy convoluted to the car is Knight. Knight industries two thousand and it's like some other like private organization. It's not even the government flag or something like that. That's that's funded by this billionaire, and then the the the star of the show Michael Knight. David Hasselhoff gets like gotten a horrible accident and a new phase give them a new face. And then he has to use cards truly hot. It was I remember even as a kid be like wait this show is bad. It's the they fool you. It's disheartening when you mature out of a show like in a couple of episodes when you're found something I like, and then to episodes in you're like, wow, this is actually really corny now that I've seen it. This is another -nother Brandon tartikoff show, and like the the lower is this is all like old show biz legend that they couldn't find any good leading men that could act it. So he's like, why don't we just get a fucking car that can talk. So they built this show around car talks a lot. I mean, it's a two hand or between Hasselhoff in the car and the car has like a British accent cars got a great voice and it forms, Michael. That'll never work. Michael kid. Can we jump over that no way? Michael kind of like admonishes him for. Snooty out. Yeah. That's just what men want. They want women who smile and cars Utah. You're not gonna wear that sport coat. Are you Michael? And he's like what I thought. This look good cheeseburgers should face on the floor. Are you my? The video is kids film. They were like stop drinking death. Like the audio is upsetting. They're like. Life together. Stop bragging about being popular in Germany, who's popular in Germany, Michael don't spend this Baywatch checks, Michael..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"And we had happened three or four times and the excuse would be getting line behind my. Bad. Let's get you know, if you wanna sue way to Lisa great couple other true or false things. Just about getting that show going Sam was originally to work for a woman. Yeah. That was the original permutation when this was June may and June of eighty one we were pitching out a pilot, and you know, we had decided and everything that and the boys of Glenn last went off. H Sam was working for a woman. Yeah. We thought the thorough. Yes. That's true today. And so it was because you decided to go with the adding Shelley long character that you didn't need a just change, the dynamics. And that was totally Glenn less when I went when they went away. I had no idea what they were doing. And they came back with the screw. How 'bout something else? They heard which sounds almost two out there to be to be true. But Lucille ball was almost gonna play Diane's mother. We went to her house. And why was how did that come about? We lo-. We thought you'd be great. We loved her. She was just you know, what comedian we we sat with her and talk with her. And she didn't she didn't wanna do what you turn down. But I heard that. She was actually maybe the impetus was that. She was declared fan of the show. She liked the show, otherwise she wouldn't have met with us. Yeah. But maybe she was too nervous. I don't know you considered several pairings of. Actors and actresses before you got to Ted, and Shelly why did you go with them? I think you had been familiar with Ted from he'd gone out for an episode of show best of the west. I think that you've done and he'd be out. Yeah. And been on an episode of taxi. But was that did you even remember any of that? He was on an episode taxi. We had already seen Ted before that before the taxi him I had additional for best to west. So the boys did know about them. But I knew about him. He almost got bested west. But I think that taxi episode happened whether we could sit around him or not I don't remember. I think people now obviously remember chairs as one of the great popular acclaim shows of of the less, you know, whatever thirty five years forty years, but then all time, really. But it was not successful in the beginning. Can you remind people of hell perilous goddess far as the ratings? And then also why you think NBC kept it around. Let's say the first year we did not do very well. We were we were opposite like shows like Simon Simon and magnum ABC had. These on against us. There was no reason to watch the show was absolute note reach new nobody on the show we were on a Thursday night on sank giving. And we were lowest rated show on television now week or seventy second or something. Oh my God. And then what happened was we had credible reinforcement from Brandon tartikoff who was a big fan of the show and grant tinker was running NBC then who had hired Glenn lesson myself at Mt 'em. So and we had the press back then there was no fake news. There was nothing like that the press was there. No different back, then than they are not right. Right. And they loved us. Yep. And so in summer they rerun shown so everybody had seen Simon Simon and magnum in the normals season. And so they went shopping, and they found this little show on NBC. And we were at one point in the summer. We finished the week ranked night, which was great. Then the Emmys. Yeah, what you guys were immediately. Yeah. Well, receive you know, we were huge at the Emmys, and then the following year, we did better..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on From Scratch
"She said you're in a good mood or semi great mood. She said would you do me a favor, and I anything send your Rita? You know? And and she said seem Michael FOX again see him again, I said, I'll do it. But only because I love you because I know he's not the guy. So Mike came in the second time, and he was Mike, and I was able to see it. And after he left the office I turned to do. And I said why didn't you tell me about him? This is the guy when you finally did hire Michael FOX before the show started. You had trouble seal sealing that deal because you couldn't find him. Could you tell us about that? Well, one of the great things, you know, how moments occur, you know. Michael FOX said later to me, if I didn't get family ties, I was giving up I'd been pushed around and overlooked. I just I just couldn't do it anymore. So he had no money. He was selling off furniture to stay alive. So he didn't have a phone something. I can certainly relate to so he was using this. Pioneer chicken outlet up on Highland avenue as his office. So I called Bob girsch is agent. I said Bob we wanna make the deal, and he said I have to wait till the checks in. What do you mean? It goes he's gonna go to the chicken place in call me. Finally, you convinced yourself that Michael FOX was the right person. But Brandon tartikoff who was the president of NBC greenlighted the show and said, yes scary. We're gonna do family ties. But on one condition, we use someone other than Michael FOX. And you fought for Michael Brandon was a genius. You know? And so he was trying to help, you know, it certainly seem like it at the time. His suggestion was that we replace Michael. And I said, you can't that's crazy. I mean, he's the guy and I couldn't do it. I mean, I would rather not be a show. It wasn't a hard fight with Brandon, you know, and they basically said fairly quickly, basically, if okay if you feel that strongly about it. Let's just go with Michael in your book, you say that Michael FOX delay. Brandon after the show is a success a lunchbox with Michael's face on the cover of it an inside was crow, and there's this idiom to eat crow. What is e chromium means to admit your mistake.
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"Because he, he saw what everybody else it was that it worked. It worked. I just didn't quite understand to prepare to play the part. I don't know if this would have been before after the pilot, but I read that you did go to bartending school or what was the value of that? Well, to learn how to mixed drinks to be somewhat familiar Bina bar. I took it very seriously and you know, for the first month or two, cheers, I would make, you know, these Manhattan's and grasshoppers, and all these bizarre drinks until I realized they'd give a damn, you know, they were shooting above my hands anyway most of the time. So they want the joke drink. Right? Right. So, you know, I ended up washing shot glasses, cutting limes, lemons importing beers. That's funny. Once the show got on the air, how quickly and what ways did fame impasse. Your life like you had not really been? I don't actually. You've been in things that people saw a, you're now at different level? Yes, television does do that. Especially back then it was the amount of people that would watch a network show. 'cause they're only really three network. Guess at that point may be FOX that it was astounding the number of people. So it was a little bit of rock and roll. I think the biggest difference was when we were syndicated the third year and all of a sudden we're everywhere all the time and it you literally can feel the energy when you walk out the door, even if you're looking at your shoes, you are on Sunday, yo, what's different, what's going on. I've always thought and I was I was lucky to, I think to realize this, you know, being celebrity is kind of like Nina, five-year-old in a room with all the adults looking at you, you can spin a kid. It out if every adults throws their focus on a little kid, they'll just bounce off the wall, and I realized that I needed to do something with that energy. And for me, it was deflecting it into ocean advocacy, which is a whole other story, but I kinda got that. I better do that. The other thing I got was you your host your host to everybody's memory of something funny that you apart of an, you know, you don't wanna disappoint folks so you, you host their memories. Well, as part of your job out world for the first two seasons of chairs, people may not remember this, but the ratings were visible. Oh, Dan, last one week I was gonna say this November of nineteen eighty two. I saw you guys sixty eighth of sixty. Shows one writer in the New York Times, I think looking back after you would turn it around wrote something that was pretty interesting. Just kind of outlining the reasons why it actually in some ways shouldn't have ever worked. And I just want to quote this back to you quote the series chose a bar setting. Just when the old fashioned neighborhood bars were disappearing from the urban landscape. It dab freely in sexual promiscuity just as aids was filtering into the national consciousness it featured some serious. Boozing just went twelve step alcohol reforms were becoming fashionable. And in Mr. Danson Simone, it offered a sex crazed male chauvinist just as feminist across the country were making middle gains close quote. So why do you think first of all that started off so poorly in the ratings? And then why do you think Brandon tartikoff NBC kept it on the air through that period. And then finally part three of this question, what the heck turn it around? Yeah, we used to. Credit, Brandon tartikoff or in granting grant tinker, definitely had the philosophy of higher, really bright creative people that you respect and then let them do their job. No micromanage people who are who have a pretty good handle on their what they're trying to Korean. So that was true..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on KGO 810
"Got some some some, real fee Matic meet going underneath and I think that's part of. The reason that my demographics are usual in the world, of science fiction George because Sifi you know it's usually Thought of is like fourteen year old boy stuff my audience my. Largest segment of audience has always been adult females and and I think it's because I've always been more, interested, in emotional, structure and, character and You know in the relationships of the pieces. As opposed to you know car chases alien people and all of. That sort of thing I mean when I was when I I was thinking about, the concept of the that became the the big mini series there, were no aliens or Ripley in kind of people in it it was a real. Life sort of, grass, roots, of the turnover of our. Country and and I, is the idea of of aliens? Came from from I think it was Jeff. Sagansky or one of the Brandon tartikoff skies at. NBC and, I said no no I don't wanna do that but, then they said what did you think about it I realized it was a really good idea Jeff, still loves alien stuff well yeah well but you know what it is you got all the eye candy of the big spaceships and all of that sort of razzle-dazzle stuff but the story that I, wanted to tell was was the same it was it was like when the Nazis rolled, over Europe and some people would suck, up to, them like the Vichy French did in World War, Two other, people would try to just keep their heads down and go. Along to, get along and then the other people who became the heroes of the world of course we're the resistance fighters. That said no wait a minute this power is being abused and. And we need to fight back against it and and I I never really got, the play all of that out as much as I had had, hoped to when I originally created fee and and I came up with the notion. Of of the, Darwin, variant, which is explores some of. The same ideas and, themes that that I did in? V it's it's targeted toward a mainstream audience Like I always try to. Do and I really wanted to plunge readers sort of headlong into. A suspenseful. Kind of day after tomorrow thriller on in the real world right now and have them face a an imminent kind of global catastrophe and then explore how ordinary people respond to the sudden rise of an oppressive brutal dictatorial regime similar. To what we had going on and about how some will suck. Up some, we'll go along the heroes are, the, ones that site. For what's right and in the case of the Darwin variant the story is. Very simple and, very high concept some icy fragments of a rogue comet fall across western Georgia to the west of Atlanta carrying an unknown virus and what the virus does is unique to anything any other virus stories, because it instantly accelerates the solution of whatever organism it gets into she pushes survival of, the fittest to the extremes so when A, plant gets infected the plant, is growing larger stronger sweeter fruit but, hoops it's choking out all the plants that are uninfected and farm animals when they're infected turn aggressive and deadly infecting humans though this was what the point I was getting to and and I wanted to take to take the story to they become, mentally superior when they're when they're infected their brain opens up in ways to interconnections that. Had, never had before. So if you had a hundred and ten IQ suddenly, you were off the charts in working genius, level you were really hyper intelligent but there was. A downside and the downside was that there was a severe and unquenchable drive to dominates to be the survivor of the fittest and sort of callously cast aside. Compassion and empathy and, attributes that we think of as sort of humanity you know at. Anything that gets in the way of that they're. They're just Going to push the side. And and the, Nazis of course thought. That they were a, master, race, they envisioned, themselves as, that but but these people they really seem like they are a master race because, they're, brighter okay they've. Got a, big, dark downside but you know that's that's gave me, really an intriguing place to go and and again I love writing female characters the two principal voices in the..
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Q: The Podcast from CBC Radio
"Oh to be bought by us network what was it like to leave the bubble of canadian media how did things change besides the sort of the harder sell on things like bob and doug how how did things change when she went to the the the biggest challenge was that the network was you know constantly wanting to have their nominated producer on the show so we we burn through a lot of producers because they came up to canada and you know the show is already established and the the power of the cast was the show and so the really the producer had no left in frustration 'cause they were being completely alienated it drove the network crazy tell the funny story about how you are so excited that the the network accepted your first number the first offer you had and then you later realized they did that because it was a terrible offering you could barely create a comedy show with with those numbers with it was crazy i mean we'd lennon i used to go down to nbc and meet with brandon tartikoff who's head of the network and you know the first time we went in there the first number they throughout we accepted and then we went back and we start produced the show and realized okay we don't have enough money to go back again they'd give us more money you know this went on three or four times and i think they always knew that you know we we were you know really low balling ourselves but this is all new and fresh to us so it was it was kind of a learning curve and you know painful at times but it was naive aotea at its best before i let you go i have to mention this you're receiving that lifetime achievement more award which has got a little bit stranger very much still active and alive and going you're the ceo of second city you continue to work what does it mean to get that recognition here in in canada where it all started for you on just taking my pulse right you know sure yeah.
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Q: The Podcast from CBC Radio
"Actually the cbc because we eventually ended up on the cbc after you know two or three years of being on global in itv's edmonton and the cbc's suggested to me that the show needed some sort of canadian content which sort of did make a lot of sense because etienne content show right all all the the actors actors are in candidates correct literally did you won't mounties or you know back bacon one guy does that mean so i took that frustration back to the writer's room and dave and rick believe happened to be there and they quickly came up with bob and doug mckenzie and it became yet you're right a two minute filler in in the us in the us i was not particularly you know didn't think it was that they couldn't get it on nbc but we stuck with it in awfully what happened is it became a phenomenon a movie and record album you know quite extraordinary and you bring up the us setv was the first canadian show to be bought by us network what was it like to leave the bubble of canadian media how did things change besides the sort of the harder sell on things like bob and doug how how did things change when she went to the the the biggest challenge was that the network was you know constantly wanting to have their nominated producer on the show so we we burn through a lot of producers because they came to canada and you know the show is already established and the power of the cast was the show in so really the producer had no you know that were left in frustration 'cause they were being completely alienated it drove the network crazy story about how you are so excited that the the network accepted your first number the first offer you had and then you later realized they did that because it was a terrible offering you could pair lee create a comedy show with with those numbers without it was crazy i mean we'd lennon i used to go down to nbc and meet with brandon tartikoff who head of the network and you know the first time we went in there the first number they throughout we accepted and then we've been back in we start produced the show in realized okay we don't have enough money to go back again they'd give us more money this went on three or four.
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on Mason & Ireland
"Okay so they allaire out a lot of what they did was a stage act right but they're out okay so for me i was thinking about this okay movie do oh i think if we looked it up the duo that would have made the most money and had the most box office receipts unless there's somebody i'm not thinking of here are danny glover and mel gibson they made four lethal weapon movies that were all gigantic hits has anybody else had like four to three hundred million dollar movies my do which is our two d two and c three pm oh yeah yeah yours is yours george mine yeah but those aren't there to get our two dozen talk qamar to d to doesn't tide of it as he does to what's he saying people poop come on you're you're forgetting the biggest one and it really is the biggest one paul walker and vin diesel have been in like seven or eight navys together walkers will he now he is yeah right her eight together those movies were about cars more knowledgeable no you're on cable johanna movie family family's gotta come join the store you gotta tell i can agree with you about the cars you gotta tell when david hasselhoff held out on nightrider humor that story yeah he went to his at grant tinker oh no it was brandon tartikoff okay ida nice relationship with brandon tartikoff did a bunch of interviews with me and he was doing night writer and david hasselhoff was there and he was holding out and so.
"brandon tartikoff" Discussed on MyTalk 107.1
"Such a good one yeah on nbc one of the staples of must see tv it was one of my favorite fun facts about that show is the fact that it was a disaster in the ratings in its first couple episodes back then i think there were some seventy shows tracked and it was number seventy in the ratings that's not a joke it's free i stuck with it yeah brandon tartikoff legendary programmer at nbc stuck with it had faith in it let the show develop something that rarely happens nowadays actually i gotta stop saying that because the pendulum has kind of shift a sweat swung back where because there's so many options now tv networks are starting to give shows a chance to develop and grab an audience because there's not the pie is so divided now that yeah which i'm glad to see because there are some shows take a while to get traction sometimes have like three episodes in it's done you're like a minute our next one i was thinking about this because i really want to open a bar called the regal beagle it's three's company everybody as we wrap inaugu three.