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Joe starts us off, primarily because it gave me an excuse to post the above photo:
Ken, I know you met Moe Howard and Zsa Zsa Gabor, among many others. Did you ever meet Natalie Wood?
Not per se. I never “met” her or talked to her, but I did see her several times in the MGM commissary. She was filming her last movie, BRAINSTORM, and my partner and I had our office on the lot at the time. I don’t have to tell you my tongue was on the ground.
Brian is up next.
It's fun to see Tom Hanks in an early role in Taxi, or Sherilynn Fenn in Cheers. Who are among your favorite, "...and NOW look at them" people that you and David Isaacs had a hand in getting an early role/assignment?
Tim B queries:
Ever been asked to be on a sitcom writing staff, or to be the showrunner, and declined?
Yes. Several times, and believe me, I felt incredibly fortunate every time that my career was such that I was able to be that picky.
One example: In 1997 Arsenio Hall had a sitcom on ABC that was a trainwreck. Supposedly during a runthrough he made the showrunner cry. We were asked to come in and take over the show. There were only a few more episodes left and the money was good, but we had no desire to walk into that propeller. Our agent accepted our decision but said, “If you guys were twice as crazy you’d be twice as rich.” Probably so but I'd be writing this today from Bellevue.
From Frank Beans:
Did Kelsey Grammer sing every single one of the ending credits theme song live on stage in a different take each episode?
No. He never sang it live for the audience. Those were done in a recording studio.
A. L. Crivaro asks:
How come I never read of or hear anyone in Hollywood discussing the utter brilliance that is Galaxy Quest? Especially in the comedy world? Every time I watch it, I am amazed by how good it is in EVERY regard. But it seems like it gets zero love/recognition. Why is that?
Your question has prompted lots of comments from the readers. GALAXY QUEST definitely has its fans. I'm one of them. I agree it’s very unappreciated.
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