An Oral History
by Scott Ryan
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 16 Jul 2021
Once upon a time ABC-TV’s Moonlighting was among the most buzzed-about shows in the country, thanks largely to the bravado of creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who never met a television convention he didn’t want to break, and the sizzling on-screen chemistry between glamorous erstwhile film star Cybill Shepherd and a New Jersey bartender nobody had ever heard of before named Bruce Willis, who bickered and flirted ceaselessly on screen and engaged in epic off-screen battles that all these years later remain the stuff of Hollywood legend.
This combustible blend of creative brilliance produced some of the most acclaimed, audacious, and innovative programming of the eighties, including a black and white tribute to film noir, with an introduction by Orson Welles; a parody of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, written in iambic pentameter; an homage to The Honeymooners; and countless metafictive episodes breaking through the fourth wall — almost unheard of at the time for hourlong comedy-dramas.
Without a doubt, Moonlighting helped pave the way for the era of prestige television we are now all enjoying. The real story of this pioneering television series and the extraordinary behind-the-scenes challenges, battles, and rewards has never been told — until now,
Author Scott Ryan (The Last Days of Letterman, thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history, The Blue Rose, Scott Luck Stories) conducted over twenty interviews with the actors, writers, directors, and producers who made Moonlighting such a dynamic, unforgettable show, delving deep into their thoughts and feelings as they relive this magical moment in pop culture history in this full color oral history.
New Interviews with: Cybill Shepherd (Maddie Hayes), Allyce Beasley (Ms. Dipesto), Curtis Armstrong (Herbert Viola), Glenn Gordon Caron Creator, Executive Producer, Writer Jay Daniel Executive Producer, Director Roger Director Writer, Producer, Season 4 Showrunner Allan Arkush Director Bob Butler and more.
"I was totally hooked by the first chapters. I was all in." —Glenn Gordon Caron, Creator
"Scott Ryan’s writing has a delightful bounce and captures the energy of Moonlighting. It really feels like an episode of the series to me." —Jay Daniel Executive Producer of Moonlighting
Average rating from 45 members
Oh wow! I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book! I was a fan of this show as a kid, but don't remember a lot from it from that time period. So when the show came out on DVD, I bought all of the seasons, re-watched, and fell in love all over again. And seeing THIS book was about to come into existence!? Yes please!
What a wonderful walk down memory lane and getting to learn all of the behind-the-scenes tidbits that took place throughout the series! I'd recommend this book to hardcore fans all day long, and look forward to owning it myself once it's published. It's such a great nostalgic trip. My only gripe is that Bruce Willis wasn't a part of it. That would have made this great book even better.
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