James Lipton

Host James Lipton tells you what's coming up on 'Inside.'

on Aug 4, 2009

I hope that’s the case in the upcoming episodes, I hinted at the guests in my last blog. Now I can reveal them. You – and we – can look forward to four consecutive Mondays of laughter (a lot of it), tears (it seems to come with this franchise), and revelations (guaranteed) – beginning with Mickey Rourke on August 31.

This is one of the tears and revelations episodes. In fact, it’s the only episode I can recall in which at moments you can hear the audience gasp. Mickey, who is famously private, found himself facing a theater filled with fellow members of the Actors Studio, led, in the first row, by the co-artistic directors of Actors Studio West, Academy Award winner Martin Landau, and director of “On Golden Pond,” “The Rose,” etc. Mark Rydell. I’ll confine myself to telling you that what you’ll witness is a homecoming the likes of which you’ve never seen, in which Mickey opens himself to the theater audience – and you – as he has never done before.

On September 7, you’ll be hosting in your living room, as I host him on the stage, one of the fastest rising stars in the Hollywood firmament, Jason Bateman, fresh from his run on the historic “Arrested Development” and his critically hailed performance in the Oscar-nominated “Juno.”

On September 14, I recommend seatbelts in your armchairs as the creator and cast of “Family Guy” assemble on our stage for a hilarious, irreverent look at themselves, each other, their characters and their spectacularly successful show. This is, quite simply, unlike any Inside the Actors Studio you’ve ever seen.

On September 21, this cavalcade of talent reaches a hilarious and touching climax as Amy Poehler, the star of “Saturday Night Live” and her own sparkling new series “Parks and Recreation,” delivers (among many other things) a definitive discourse on the art and singular joys of improvisation, of which she’s an acknowledged master (mistress?).

I hope you enjoy all these episodes, each unique, each our way of saying to you, “Thanks for stopping by.”