An Oral History

Scott Ryan


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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. Interviews with:Glenn Gordon Caron Creator, Executive Producer, WriterJay Daniel Executive Producer, DirectorRoger Director Writer, Producer, Season 4 ShowrunnerAllan Arkush DirectorBob Butler Pilot DirectorCurtis Armstrong Cast Member “Herbert Viola”Allyce Beasley Cast Member “Ms. Agnes Dipesto”Suzanne Gangursky Production CoordinatorRon Osborn Writer, ProducerReuben Cannon Casting AgentJeff Reno WriterDebra Frank WriterMelissa Gelineau AssistantChic Eglee Writer, Producer, Season 5 ShowrunnerPeter Werner DirectorSheryl Main Post-ProductionKaren Hall WriterNeil Mandelberg EditorWill Mackenzie DirectorDennis Dugan Cast Member “Walter Bishop,” DirectorChris Leitch DirectorMel Harris ActressDana Delany Guest StarDavid Patrick Kelly Guest StarSandahl Bergman DancerBill Landrum ChoreographerRay Wise Guest Star


Scott Ryan:
Scott Ryan is the author of The Last Days of Letterman (2018), thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history (2017). He wrote a comic essay book, Scott Luck Stories (2014) about his time as a stay at home dad. He is the managing editor of the Twin Peaks magazine, The Blue Rose and is a founding partner of Fayetteville Mafia Press.