What to Expect in Moonlighting: An Oral History by Scott Ryan

What to Expect in Moonlighting: An Oral History by Scott Ryan

If you’re someone who devours new television shows, are the go-to person for recommendations among your friends, and want to hold your fame, you’ve got to read this. You’re about to earn some serious brownie points by being the first to know all about the 80s iconic show, Moonlighting. Here’s a little chat with pop culture storyteller and television historian Scott Ryan.

Hi Scott, your latest book, “Moonlighting: An Oral History,” still holds its position on the top 50 Television History & Criticism books on Amazon since its release. Congratulations!

How’s the overall response so far? 

It has been incredible. I have been getting emails almost every other day from fans of the series. I always put my email in the back of all my books and say that if you have a kind email to send, send it. I do not have interest in the mean ones. Most bookstores have not been carrying the book, so we need more stores to jump on the eighties bandwagon.

Why did you choose to write about Moonlighting?

 I have always been amazed that no one had ever written a book about it.  I have wanted to write this book for years. Finally, two years ago, Glenn Caron gave me his blessing and I ran with it.

Would you say this book is mainly for those who are fans of the show?

Well, you are asking the author. No author would say his book is for less people. But I honestly believe this book should be read by all television lovers. This will really explain to viewers how hard it is to create a piece of art. And how much harder it is to make a quality piece of art. I have had many interviewers tell me that they never saw an episode of the series, but they loved the book.

What can you share about “Moonlighting: An Oral History” that will resonate with today’s television viewers and potential readers?

I think they will get a look at how Moonlighting changed the way TV was made and produced. It is also a great reminder at how viewers want TV that challenges them. That making average TV should be thought of as the greatest crime. There is a really amazing story in this book. I was lucky to get to tell it.

Can you share some of your fanboy moments from your time meeting and interviewing some of Moonlighting’s cast/crew members? 

Look, I got to watch an episode of Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd. We watched over zoom together. I will never forget that my entire life. Jay Daniel produced Roseanne, Moonlighting, Cybill and he is now one of my dear friends. I have been blessed to talk to the very  people that inspired me to be a writer. I will never get over how my life and their lives  intersected. This entire process has been a dream for me.

What’s the one thing you learned about Moonlighting that bowled you over?

That the network just let them spend as much money as they wanted. There was no one on set telling them to finish an episode, or cut a scene or anything. They were just left alone because the ratings were so good. I also finally figured out exactly how they filmed Season 4. I have never understood why they didn’t have Cybill and Bruce in scenes together, but they are in every episode. It just didn’t make sense. It took lots of interviews to piece together the filming sequences. But I think readers will love the answer to that question. I am not telling you, though. You’ll have to read the book.

Aside from Moonlighting, what are some of your favorite binge-able shows of all time? 

Well Twin Peaks and thirtysomething have always been my favorite. I also love anything by David E. Kelley. Right now, I love Hacks on HBO, Good Fight on Paramount + and Ted Lasso on Apple +, but my goodness, who can afford to buy all those platforms. Just forget it and read my book.

Ready for some rapid-fire questions? Here we go:

Morning person or a night owl 

Morning person (that kills me to say that now)

Television shows or movies 

TV all the way

Movie theatre or streaming at home

 Streaming, I don’t need to hear a stranger’s comments on the film. I am fine.

Popcorn or Nachos

 Nachos and piled so high they are messy.

Night Court or Family Ties

 WOW. This is an amazing question and a stumper. It is basically even, but I was so in love with Mallory, that FT has to win. But great question.

A preferred writing snack

 Grapes. I know that sounds weird, but I love to stop and start when I am writing. I adore getting up and getting something. So I love for it to be grapes. You write a few paragraphs, then you go to the fridge, get a grape and go back and sit down and then rinse and repeat.

What was the last movie you watched?

 Jackie Brown. Which will give you a hint at what I want my next book to be about. The Movies of Tarantino.

Shalom Lamm Shares His Opinion on TV Game Shows

Shalom Lamm Shares His Opinion on TV Game Shows

Shalom Lamm, an entrepreneur, is a simple and unbothered man with simple and concrete goals for his weekends: Sit down and enjoy the brightly colored flashes and confetti showers of a good old game show. How could one resist such entrancing patterns on spinning prize wheels? The roar of the crowd as numbers for high and low bids streak across the set of the show, pleading for the contestants to heed their words?

There are little thrills such as these. And yet, there are moments of hushed energy. Low murmurs that fill the silence between tensed negotiations, internal struggles that resonate inside of each and every participant: Will I be a lucky winner today? Only time may tell.

In these quiet moments of his home, he enjoys his time sunken into his well-worn furniture. There are too often times in our lives when we must sacrifice ourselves for the betterment of society and the conditions that sustain it. However, Saturdays and Sundays are for game shows in this particular home.

Contentment behind the television screen is something some may call The American Dream. And how boldly we declare ourselves, how triumphant one may boast when they stumble upon an excellent bargain or a discounted travel opportunity: Is a game show far from such events? Is a game show nothing more than encapsulating the fervor and conquest that belongs to these moments in our life times?

With a cold soda in arm’s reach and the warmth of the decorations that scatter across one’s home, game shows are a pleasant way to recreate the melodrama of discovering monetary eureka. There are cavalcades of beautiful vocabulary that one can employ to deliver the euphoria experienced inside of watching or competing in a game show, however, to feel such a sensation is divinity itself I believe.

Cast no judgements upon your fellow man when they discover The Price Is Right, for it’s enthralling allure is mighty and comforting all in itself. The siren song of its upbeat theme music in tandem with the soothing baritone of its host faces no resistance as it invades the serotonin receptors of the brain. Penetrating your deepest and thickest walls within your mental palace, game shows cast a wide and entrancing net across your entirety.

Game shows also deliver a myriad of gimmicks and celebrity guests, which is always a cheerful sight to behold. Whether they remained in the limelight from their conception or just recently discovered an audience for their craft, celebrities have become a centerpiece for the game show industry. Men and women of all ages gather around their TV sets in the evenings and mornings to celebrate all manners of games of craftiness and luck, and we all have game shows to thank for such times.

Truly, game shows are a staple of American entertainment and will remain as such for years to come.

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