My last blog celebrated Spring, so it's been a while. For a reason. After the 100-day writer's strike, which Inside the Actors Studio honored from first day to last, my team and I have been working night and day to catch up, shooting five episodes in twenty-one days, an unprecedented schedule, given the two weeks of preparation I normally devote to each guest.
No one was given short shrift. By working ahead, and devoting sixteen hours a day to the task, I was ready for Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Myers, Goldie Hawn, and Dave Chappelle -- and you'll be seeing the results on Bravo. They are five exceptional guests, and they've provided us with five exceptional episodes.
Dave returned to our stage to help us celebrate our 200th episode, and I can confidently promise you that when you see this show, it won't look or sound -- or feel -- like any Inside the Actors Studio episode you've ever witnessed.
Because of the 100-day gap in our schedule last fall, we still owe you a few episodes, which we'll be shooting this summer. So ... no rest for the weary Inside the Actors Studio staff, but on the other hand, no complaints. Meeting these artists on our stage, as we have for fourteen fascinating years, and listening to the unguarded, unabridged, uncensored accounts of their lives, is a rare and precious privilege that we enjoy as much as our audience in 84,000,00 homes on Bravo and in 125 countries.
One of the most frequent remarks I hear from strangers is, "You've got a great job!" -- and I agree -- which often leads to the question, "How did it start?" which I address in my book Inside Inside:
I AM A 68 YR MALE FROM LIMA PERU-
I WATCH YOUR PROGRAM EVERY WEEK
THERE IS NO BEST SHOW IN THE WPOLD
YOU A ARE LIVING GENIOUS
LUIS VP SUGAR MILL CHUCARAPI
I love your program, but find it increasingly harder to find your broadcast. When will the new episodes be aired? MLB Norfolk, VA
I tried to watch your show when it was on every sunday evening. I've enjoyed the range in talented actors and directors both young and old that have graced your stage at the actors studio. I ask myself each time before the show begins and it is announced who will be featured on this show is it paul newman this week.That show in particular I would enjoy seeing.I'm asking you now are you ever going to air that show again?
a diehard fan in pa. floyd lamber jr.
Dear Mr Lipton,
your show is one of the best things that has ever happened to television - keep up the good work! Looking forward to your future shows......
James, Your love for your work is evident. I'm a restauratuer,Beverly Hills Hotel,Hotel Bel Air,Chasens Catering,Bistro Gardens and have had much contact with actors when they were relaxing studying preparing for roles. Faye Dunnaway/Network Roy Scheider/All that Jazz etc. I'm interested in working with dynamic group that you clearly have created.If there is any possiblity of working with you. My interest is quality and content. I live in Los Angeles and am free to travel.
Respectfully, Henry Valdez
Dear Mr. Lipton, I have been watching your interviews since the inception of your show. One of the most memorable episodes is your interview with Anthony Quinn. There were such wonderful life lessons he provided the audience. Years passed and began to teach Sunday school to young teens. I copied your interview questionnaire style with a substitution in lieu of your favorite curse word. "When you pray, how do you pray? Video game style ramping up the score by the number of prayers repeated? Or... do you have an open conversation with God?" The impact of your interviews have reached well beyond. Please accept my sincere thanks as it has been one of the joys of my life. Some of my students are now in college and recall the interviews vividly. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and yourself. Respectfully, EDL456, NJ P.S. If my students happen upon your original question/interview....they let me know, turn red faced and wear a wry smile through out the class...I have their undivided attention for the rest of the semester!