Thu, 30 May 2013
As a top producer/writer in Hollywood, Danny Zuker has had quite a ride.
He wrote and produced on shows like Arsenio, Roseanne and Just Shoot Me.
His latest project, MODERN FAMILY, is a huge winner on ABC-TV and loved by millions every week.
In addition, through Heather, we have found pockets of loyal viewership inside the FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM.
Danny and Mark together learn a lot about the prison system and Danny learns that prisoners ask the tough questions about MODERN FAMILY.
They also reminisce about the early 90s in Hollywood, drugs, fast living and the moment at which they both laid eyes on PAMELA ANDERSON.
Mark Thompson hosts with Heather Ankeny and guest Danny Zuker.
Sat, 25 May 2013
Edge co-host Heather used to spend time (and apparently is still involved on some level with) a guy who is a prisoner in a California Federal Penitentiary where they are waaay into the TV show Modern Family.
It sets the stage for for questions about the show that come from the Federal Pen for Modern Family Exec Producer Danny Zuker (our guest in the upcoming episode)
And, of course, later Mark Thompson and Danny can't resist trying to figure out the crime that Heather's "friend" committed. This is just an excerpt.
Wed, 15 May 2013
This is the story behind Seinfeld and some other great shows from a monster insider.
As one of the founders of Castle Rock Entertainment, Glenn Padnick was responsible for trying to sell NBC on Seinfeld. Ultimately, it took A LOT of things coming together beyond just Glenn, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld to make it happen.
What he tells us on this episode of The Edge includes stuff you probably never knew.
The Seinfeld stories alone occupy much of this episode, but there's some great stuff about Married with Children and other classic TV as well.
Modern classic TV stories on this episode of The Edge...
The King of TV, Paul Goebel joins us.
Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson host
Mon, 13 May 2013
On the next episode of The Edge we're joined by a founding member of Castle Rock and one of the men behind Seinfeld. He shares stories of Seinfed and other classic TV...Here's a taste.
Thu, 9 May 2013
One of the founding members of Castle Rock Entertainment fills us in on things that only an uber-insider could know.
WAY inside Seinfeld, Married with Children, Who's The Boss and other classic TV when Glenn Padnick joins on the next episode of The Edge.
Also sitting in is "The King Of TV" Paul Goebel.
Hosts Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny
Tue, 7 May 2013
Confessions that growing up in H'wd turned an innocent teen crush into a crazy connection with a star's "houseboy"
Caprice Crane grew up in H'wd and here's a taste of our interview with her...
Fri, 3 May 2013
Writing for TV, movies and novels...The quirky, funny, cynical world of Hollywood writer Caprice Crane
Writer Caprice Crane is funny, charmingly self-deprecating and sharp witted with a cynical edge. She's loved by audiences across a few media...They read her books, interact with her online and follow her very funny Twitter feed.
Caprice grew up in Hollywood the daughter of famous parents and gives us a sense of her world as a kid. It was one made up of hanging out with the children of the glitterati but it seems with all the normal teen crushes as the rest of the world that just played out in a bit of a different way. In fact, one of those crushes led to hunting down her teen heartthrob.
Links to Caprice's books, pictures of her folks, etc. can all be found here.
We really liked Caprice's visit and hope she'll be back--Next time she'll have to bring her own coffee because clearly Mark can not be trusted to make it.
J. Elvis Weinstein from Cinematic Titanic, Freaks and Geeks and Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a friend of the show and an accomplished wrter/producer as well so we invited him to join in on the conversation.
As always Heather Ankeny (actress and producer) co-pilots with Mark Thompson
Thu, 25 April 2013
Carl Gottlieb. He wrote JAWS and THE JERK (with Steve Martin).Collaborated with Richard Pryor and other greats.
Carl Gottlieb joins us. He wrote JAWS.
JAWS is one of those movies that has spawned entire festivals and annual meetings in which people dress up and reenact parts of the film. In a word, the movie is a classic.
JAWS vaulted Steven Spielberg to filmmaking royalty and writer Carl Gottlieb to the top of Hollywood screenwriters.
Hosts Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny ask about JAWS ...among other things, how Carl arrived at writing the line "You're gonna need a bigger boat".
If it wasn't Carl, then who actually wrote the classic "Indianapolis speech" from Quint (Robert Shaw) and what movie had both Spielberg and Gottlieb seen that inspired them in a pinch to rework JAWS so the audience doesn't see the shark until well into the story?
Carl is the reason that Steven Spielberg used DEVIL'S TOWER in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and he tells us the story of alerting Spielberg to that location.
What about THE JERK? How did the association with Steve Martin start and how did the two collaborate to make that movie?
Among the many legends Carl has collaborated with is Richard Pryor. He wrote two movies and television comedy with Pryor. Carl talks about what Pryor was like to work with and be around and how he once broke up a fist fight between Pryor and an NBC page.
Carl also talks about meeting the legendary musician David Crosby and becoming his biographer through a life so sorted and wild that it took TWO BOOKS to chronicle it all.
Carl Gottlieb...Hollywood writer of comedy, drama, suspense and biography.
Thu, 18 April 2013
Stan Rizzo from Mad Men, Jay Ferguson: On acting, romance, his love of trivia and his dad on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny welcome Jay Ferguson from Mad Men.
You may never guess that Jay Ferguson, Stan Rizzo from the hit TV series Mad Men, is a huge trivia hound. Mark tosses him a few trivia questions on the fly.
You also may never have guessed that Jay fell into a deep decline and considered leaving his craft of acting and show business....Mad Men arrived just as he was building it back.
It's a useful story for anyone in a struggle to maintain or regain what they had. Jay tells the story of the fall from success at television series work as a young actor and the way he stopped that fall.
Fans of romance will love the way Jay met his wife...And you may be surprised the way cigarette lighters enter the story as a mark of attraction in this case.
Jay tells the story of "WRONG ANSWER KENT" and WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE....Jay's father had always obsessed with being on the original Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Regis. One day, he finally makes it. Jay shares the tale of why at the last second he can't be his father's "phone a friend" lifeline but connects him with his buddy Kent. Jay's actually able to be there at the last second---sort of. When his Dad calls while on "Millionaire" to get help from his trivia buff son and his friend Kent, it all doesn't go as planned.
Josh Weinstein (Freaks and Geeks and Mystery Science Theater 3000) sits in with Heather and Mark and is already a show favorite as he's irrepressibly funny and even reveals that he was the answer to a Jeopardy question. Oh, and by the way, he's a trivia monster also.
Mon, 15 April 2013
PREVIEW of Mad Men's Jay Ferguson (Stan Rizzo) talking about his dad finally making it on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Regis!
Jay's father made it on to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but not without some twists and turns.
He tells Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny the whole story of how it happened and then WHAT happened as he visits THE EDGE.
The VERY funny Josh Weinstein from Mystery Science Theater also sits in.
Here's a preview ...the entire story and whole show coming soon.