James Lipton

James Lipton discusses the Inside the Actors Studio Suite.

on Jan 4, 20100

To all of you who have written to ask how you can attend the live Inside the Actors Studio tapings, you can obtain tickets through the website of Pace University, http://www.pace.edu.

To Sharon and David Robinson, the Inside the Actors Studio music about which you and hundreds of other viewers have inquired is written by the American composer Angelo Badalamenti. Here is his story and the remarkable story of our score:

In the fall of 1994, when the Actors Studio Drama School and Inside the Actors Studio were born, it was clear we’d need some theme music – fast. Fortunately, I was then serving on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and one day after a meeting, I approached a fellow Board member, Angelo Badalamenti, the distinguished composer of many film scores, including the distinctive music for all of David Lynch’s movies, and the creator of what is in my view television’s finest score, the haunting themes that accompanied “Twin Peaks.”

I told him we were inaugurating a series on what was then a cable network with 20,000,000 viewers, and asked whether he would consider composing the score for our titles, credits, bumpers and music cues. Angelo, being a fellow Academy Board member and a man of good heart, agreed not only to compose but to play (on synthesizers and at his own expense) the score for a fledgling TV series owned by a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution with unknown prospects and zero budget for music.

35 comments
joseph.schenkenfelder
joseph.schenkenfelder

Dear Mr. Lipton,

                               my girlfriend and me wondering about going to a taping of the show. Where can we find tikects or get some tikects?

Catalina_Colombia
Catalina_Colombia

hello, i hear that itas live it's a 5 hours program, and on tv we can see just an hour of it, now, as i'm so far away of ny i would like to know if there will be in the future some way of see the entire program on internet or buy it.

Connie Weiger
Connie Weiger

I had watched every episode for years until I couldn't find it on the TV schedule. I recently saw somewhere that your show is on Bravo on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. However, it is not on my local schedule and is not listed on the Bravo website. Is it on hiatus? Would love to see reruns until new shows are avaialable. Your show is unique and I look forward to seeing it again.

Connie Weiger

Paul Whaley
Paul Whaley

I have loved watching you show and getting to see the actors away from the masks that can be worn in a less comfortable setting (Robin Williams being one notable exception). One person I look for and hope to see in the future is Jeff Dunham. I don't know if he would qualify but i do thing it would make for a facinating interview to be able to see and maybe get a explination on how he is able to move between characters so quickly. It still amazes me how he does it.

Ilene
Ilene

Mr Lipton:

I absolutely love your show- not only seeing actors I've followed for years. I gain a new appreciation for other genres that I never watched before. Yes, Family Guy is now one of my favorite shows!! : )

I would love a Bravo email specifically about your show- updates & news, that week's schedule, etc. I've unfortunately missed many episodes due to the varied schedule - one being Bon Jovi!!! I signed up for the general Bravo email, hopefully it will include a "Inside the Actors Studio' link.

Cheers to Season 17++++++....... !!!!

rockstar728
rockstar728

Also, I think John Turturro would be a fantastic guest.

rockstar728
rockstar728

Mr. Lipton, I think it would be fantastic if you would host the Academy Awards. I hope your people can contact their people!

Xiao Zhang
Xiao Zhang

Dear Mr Lipton,

I am currently an architecture student at Temple University in Philadelphia, and I have been a fan of your show for five years now. Ever since my parents installed cable, I have become aware of your show and excited for each guest interviews. What I love about your show is its emphasis on the actors craft in film, not the life of actors outside film (as many shows are doing right now).

I am writing not only to tell you my appreciation but also to ask a favor. As an architecture student, I have been asked to write a term paper on the theory of Spatial Production from a theoriest perspective and from an architects' perspective. My goal is to conduct an interview between the two people in a similar format that you conduct your interview with a celebrity, titled "Inside the Architects Studio."

The end result will be a script format, hopefully similar to that of your show. My question is, can you tell me information on how the script come together, in terms of topics for discussion? I think this will help me organize my own interview.

I would really appreciate it if I can get some advice.

Thanks, Xiao Zhang

Y.J.
Y.J.

I love the show and what it brings to us in the general public. I wonder why there are so few episodes available to watch though. Only a handful of episodes were released onto DVD. Not only that, there is not a good episode listing any where. IMDB and TheTVDB both have lists of all the guests that have been on the show, but a lot of the details are missing (broadcast date, episode number, etc). Even on this site here, where a lot of shows are being streamed, it seems that ITAS gets no love. There are only bits being shown instead of full episodes. Anyways, I'll enjoy this series as best as I can, and I hope eventually I can enjoy it all!

Sharon and David Robinson
Sharon and David Robinson

You really DO read all comments! We're so pleased that you wrote about the music that touches our hearts so deeply. We're both musicians (David, bagpipes - if they qualify in some people's minds as "music" - and Sharon, hammered dulcimer in two old time stringbands) and appreciate music that expresses such poignant emotion. Thank you, Sir Lipton!

Steve Clark
Steve Clark

Dear Mr Lipton, Thank you so much for bringing us, your fans, the most intelligent, insightful, and entertaining show in any medium today. I do not mean to call you "medium" because the show is "well done". Thanks again.

Rhoda K
Rhoda K

I'm looking forward to your new season, as well. Unfortunately, your current schedule isn't available (at least I can't find it) and I just happened to stumble upon your interview with James Cameron tonight. I'm looking forward to many more shows and I agree, that some re-runs would be fine so we can catch up. Keep up the good work.

Pat Egdall
Pat Egdall

When is the next season going to be broadcast? I need to program my new DVR so I don't miss any. I've missed the season so for and just discovered you have been on.

I agree with one of the earlier posts: It would be wonderful to re-broadcast past interviews. These shows are classics and I for one would love to watch.

angie_US
angie_US

Hello Mr. Lipton,

Thank you for continually asking questions of your guests that the audience also has in mind. Your patience and humor no doubt ease your guests - despite the live audience - into feeling that one is among friends for a bit of a chat.

I especially loved Laura Linney. I think the first movie I ever saw her in was You Can Count On Me and I was totally blown away! She is among my favorite actresses, with my top actress being Gillian Anderson. I don't believe I have ever seen Ms. Anderson on your show. Would you please consider her for future tapings? She truly is a fantastic actress and actually, was also in The House of Mirth with Laura Linney! Those two together in THOM are some sort of wicked magic. Anyway, I would love to see Gillian on your show. She has just been nominated for a 2010 Olivier award for her stage work last year in A Doll's House. I think she would make the subject of a fascinating show, especially beyond her work in The X-Files!

Thanks for remembering the folks and keep up the good questions! Feel free to respond to my request directly.

Best of wishes for the rest of the season, Angie

Toni Verticelli-Farmer
Toni Verticelli-Farmer

Hello Mr. Lipton. I have been a long time fan for sometime now and have made fans out of several of my friends. Your show is refreshing to watch with such things (I refuse to call them shows) like Jersey Shore and anything involving a playboy bunny making tv almost painful! Please keep doing what you are doing, your show is fabulous the way it is.

I have been wondering if you have had Seth Green on as an individual guest and if not, why? As wonderful as he is on Family Guy (also a fan), it is hardly his best work and considering how long he has been in the buisness I was rather surprised. If such an episode exists I would love to see it, and if not would you consider it please? Thank you so much for all that you do, Toni :)

Mary Flege
Mary Flege

Love your show and would like to send you a hello from my mother, Marjorie Bartlett of Detroit, MI.

Esa
Esa

Please please have the great Stephen Fry on your show/interview! He's my god and one of the greates actors! Great friend of Hugh Laurie and I believe he'd be interesting to americans aswell as european and english! Actually I'd say he is more famous than Hugh over here in Europe!

P.D.
P.D.

Hello, I love your show and try to watch it every chance I get. Your interview with Laura Linney was fantastic. She is one of my favourite actresses. I would love for you to interview Michael C. Hall of Six Feet Under and Dexter fame. He is such an amazingly talented actor who I think would offer alot to the students and to your viewing audience. Having the cast of Dexter on your show would also be incredible. I hope you have this in the works.

MLWei
MLWei

Thank you for sharing these experiences with the audience at large. I appreciate the effort you undertake for each interview. It is evident these interviews are dependent on the individual's willingness to be interviewed.

I would like to suggest the following people for consideration: George Clooney, Colin Firth (I'd like to hear him talk about his experience with Pride and Prejudice), Emma Thompson, Dame Judy Dench, Helen Mirren, George Lucas, Brad Pitt (he's not just another pretty face), Lenard Nimoy, and Patrick Stewart. I'd love Johnny Depp to do an encore interview and discuss the Pirates experience.

Thank you again.

Beth Causey
Beth Causey

I was a faithful fan for years, from the first episode. But, through the years I have found there are more and more guests who are either young, not not actors at all, or both. While I understand that, as the popularity of the show increased, there must be pressure to cater to a younger demographic, but I have continued to be disappointed in the choices of guests, by and large; there are exceptions to this, of course (Laura Linney!) but it is a definitely disappointing trend. When there are so many wonderfully talented actors (Hal Holbrook), directors, and writers who are aging and have such a wealth of wisdom to share, my fervent hope is that Inside the Actors Studio will regain its previously consistent "class" and focus once again on contributors whose body of work is profoundly contributory to the standards of excellence in theatre and film.

Jacky finch
Jacky finch

Is it my imagaination, or are there an increasing number of guests who come under what I call the "film actor de jour" category? I'd far rather see somebody with a bit of experience under their belts. What about see somebody like Mandy Patinkin, Helen Mirren or Patrick Stewart - they all have a lifetime of experience to share and have far more to offer than somebody like, say, Daniel Radcliffe who, though he is a charming and talented young man, still has a way to go before he can have as much to offer as other more experienced performers.

MDixon
MDixon

Hello,

When are you going to have Colin Firth on? The man has been acting for 25 years and yet you seem to line up, quite often, people with little or no experience other than having been in one blockbuster or another. I doubt I need to make a list to compare but when you have this kind of "talent" on your show and ignore someone like Mr. Firth, I tend to not tune in.

Laurie Huget
Laurie Huget

When is the next season going to be broadcast? I need to program my new DVR so I don't miss any. I've missed the season so for and am very disappointed.

I agree with one of the earlier posts: It would be wonderful to re-broadcast past interviews. These people are classics and I for one would love to watch.

Nicholas Anglade
Nicholas Anglade

Hello Mr Lipton I was wondering if you could have Damon wayans or the main members of the wayans family on your show, they have given a major contribution to television, film, and stand up comedy. I believe Damon has enough accomplishments to be awarded a spot on the show, and if not then the family could do the show for 2 hours. I am their biggest fans and it would really be cool if a comment that i posted actually got recognition and the good people at Bravo make this happen.

nmd
nmd

Why isn't Inside the Actor's Studio on more often? Why not show some of the original classic episodes. I am a long time fan. I used to watch when it was on 5 nights a week at 7:00 p.m. People on this blog are asking for interviews with those who you have already interviewed. Take them out, dust them off, and treat us all to the gems of moments which were spontaneous and wonderful. Many of the early subjects are not with us anymore ie. Paul Newman and it would be wonderful to look back on these interviews. Please consider, please....consider this for all of our benefit.

Diane E
Diane E

Wow, this is my first Blog. I have been watching your show for several years, it took me a while to find the station you are on but when I found you there was no stoping me from DVRing you. My favorite show was when you were interviewed. I just couldn't wait to hear all about you. I still have a copy of it and watch this special more than two hands put together. Every one you have interviewed has been great. Mickey Rourke was so emotional please play that again, I know Evelee would enjoy it very much.

Is it possible for you to get Johnny Depp on? I'm sure you've had him on, I just haven't seen it and there is a lot to catch up with when it comes to him. If you've interviewed Johnny recently please replay that also.

The time you put into every one of your interviews shows that you do your home work and do it well. Thank you for hard but enjoying work. DianeE

Patrice Golinvaux
Patrice Golinvaux

Dear Mr. Lipton:

I was so disappointed when it became increasingly diffcult to find Inside the Actor's Studio. I was looking for an email this am for Jeff Zucker this am. So when I saw that NBC Universal owned Bravo which I did not know, I came looking for you and discovered that you have a regular time slot on Monday nights. Mr. Zucker's email access is only through feedback@, which of course he will never see.

But back to you, due to what I think the demographics of your viewing audience is, I still think Sunday nights is best, but in a time slot where you do not compete with 60 minutes. Also, personally, I would love it if this was followed with West Wing every Sunday. Anyway, those are my thoughts.

To the real purpose of this response, I know from watching your show, that you are a thoughtful man and most certainly a compassionate man. I am asking you to relay an idea to Jeff Zucker, which should boost ratings, while that is not my purpose.

Haitians would feel so much better and self sufficient if they had grills and charcoal and dry goods, and canned goods like tuna and black beans and canopeners. So here's my suggestion, NBC donates 4 million dollars to Haiti in this manner, Kingsford, Weber, Kraft, Kitchen Aid are each given a primetime where they can advertise product and their support of Haiti, if they ship the dollar equivalent in goods to Port Au Prince and pay for the shipping and distribution. The logistics of delivery can most likely be handled by contacting the Bill Clinton Foundation.

I know if you think this is a viable idea, you will pass it on. Similar consideration should be given to Kimberly-Clark and Colgate Palmolive. Bar soap serves a variety of purposes, and diapers are most certainly a critical need along garbage bags and paper towels.

People have to think "camping" existence and survival needs beyond the "mobile meals" concept. People feel more grounded if they can take care of themselves.

Just my thoughts.

Heike Kurtz
Heike Kurtz

since my previous comment looks quite because I hit the "post" button by mistake, please allow me to continue:

I always thought it might be very interesting to talk about this, among many other things, with the oldest still working actor alive, Mr Johannes Heesters (born 1903). I know that he is quite the ambivalent person since he "always wanted to be an artist, nothing but an artist" while his biggest fan was no other than the big bad man himself, but couldn't this offer some very interesting food for thought about whether an artist can remain neutral towards his/her environment at all times? Plus the added benefit that Mr Heesters did start his career in the silent movie era - and not as a toddler...

Thank you very much for this series. It has brought me an understanding and respect of the performing arts I could not have found elsewhere.

Heike Kurtz
Heike Kurtz

As other commentators before me have used this space to mention people they would love to see on your show, I thought I might as well give it a shot...

Being German, I have always been interested in finding out how artists have managed to get through the infamous Third Reich experience. Of course, many of them have not - Germany was a creative desert for a long time and is, in my opinion, only recently recovering from this creative drain, as a new generation of "grand-grandchildren of the survivors" emerges.

evelee
evelee

This is my third attempt to blog. Will the Mickey rourke episode ever be re-aired? I accidentally erased it.

Rebecca Littman
Rebecca Littman

I can't find a place on the website to suggest this, so i'm giving the blog a shot...

I'd like to recommend that you have David Tennant on the show. Mr. Tennant has, of course, just finished 4+ years as the 10th Doctor on the long-running British TV show Doctor Who. But his credits are wide ranging and extraordinary. He also has a strong interest in conveying his love of acting and process to younger actors. He is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, with 3 full seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company in roles including Touchstone, Romeo, and Hamlet. The latter role portrayed with Patrick Stewart as Claudius, and widely acclaimed to be the 'Hamlet for the age' by the UK press, has been filmed and will be broadcast on PBS' Great Performances in April 2010.

He has also played contemporary theatre, winning Critics Awards for Lobby Hero and Look Back in Anger, and he starred as young Casenova to Peter O'Toole's elder in the eponymous BBC production, as DI Peter Carlisle in the mini series Blackpool, and a manic depressive teenager in Takin' Over the Asylum.

A more varied artist you will be hard pressed to find, and to top this off he is articulate in his discussion of his craft. He has written essays on his approach to Touchstone and Romeo in Robert Smallwood's series "Players of Shakespeare" for Cambridge University Press.

Viewer Maria
Viewer Maria

Hi Mr. Lipton

I want to thank you for a inspiring, interesting and excellent series. I really enjoy it!

I also wonder if there is a possibility that actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Ewan McGregor will participate in the new season of your show? Would really enjoy seeing and listening to them in the chair opposite you in Inside The Actors Studio.

Hope for an reply. Big thank you once again. Greetings Maria

Beka Shakur
Beka Shakur

You look very well 4 your age, I just got your book 'Inside Inside' inside my mailbox yesterday, autographed. I luv your book. You're a brilliant talented writer. I don't like goodbyez either, that doesn't make us pessimists. You are an inspiration 2 me.

Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim

With sincere gratitude, I'd like to say that your work on creating the archive "Inside the Actors Studio" helped me to see a broader side in the world of the motion pictures. I have recently joined the United States Air Force and will be off to Basic Military Training on Mar 16, 2010. Although I may never enter the fields of movie-making or acting, it was uniquely profound to learn about them through your show. I have three questions. Firstly, have you interviewed James Cameron for your archive? Secondly, when the time comes, will the Inside the Actors Studio passed down to a brand new host, who will continue to build the already prestigious archive? Thank you, Mr. Lipton for all your work.

Godspeed,

USAF Airman Kim

Johnny_Sweden
Johnny_Sweden

Hello!

I know that this is probably not the right place to ask about this but I could´nt find any way to contact the people who are producing the show.

I´m wondering why it is´nt possible to watch the preview clips on this website from my country?(Sweden)

Also it would be nice if all the episodes were available on dvd, as far as I know there are only a few of the available right now. I would really like to see the Ed Norton and Mickey Rourke episodes for example but I can´t buy them because I can´t find them anywhere.

You can send a reply to my email address if you have the time, or atleast try to forward this message to the producers of the show, because I know that a lot of people are wondering about the same things as me.

Regards

Johnny