Date Published: 6/1/2021
Publisher: The Fayetteville Mafia Press
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) interviews over twenty people, including 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.
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He wrote a comic essay book, Scott Luck Stories (Amazon) in 2014. He directed A Voyage to Twin Peaks in 2016 (available for rent or purchase at Amazon.com). A documentary about the 25th anniversary of the Twin Peaks Festival, which has played at Twin Peaks events across the globe. He is the host of the podcasts: Red Room Podcast, Scott Luck Stories and The thirtysomething Podcast. His writing has been published in The Sondheim Review and the essay book Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks (Intellect Press). He is told he has been happily married for an amount of years. He is the co founder of Fayetteville Mafia Press.
One Reply to “Book Blitz: Moonlighting an Oral History, by Scott Ryan”
Oh man, I loved that show. I haven’t even thought of it in years.