The amazing journey of Inside the Actors Studio continues at an accelerating pace.
We are entering our Nineteenth Season, shattering our own record for cable TV longevity.
We have received out fifteenth Emmy nomination, another record.
We are celebrating these milestones with yet one more record: our 250th Episode.
And just to add another layer of icing to the cake, this will be an Inside the Actors Studio episode unlike any of the preceding 249.
Why? Because this time, you, our viewers in 94,000,000 homes across America on Bravo, and in 125 countries around the world, are going to cast it.
Over the years since 1994, we've had thousands of viewer responses to the show, on the internet, in the media and even -- and often -- on the street and in every conceivable public space, where I'm approached by kind strangers with, "My favorite show was. . ." "My favorite moment was. . ." "My favorite guest was. . ."
So, when my Bravo colleagues and I gathered around a table to ask ourselves, "How do we celebrate the 250th?" we realized the answer was staring us in the face: "Let's let those good people who have shared this amazing journey with us take over and pick the best moments, episodes, and guests of the past eighteen years, and we'll reprise them on the 250th, with full on-air credit to the viewer whose proposal we've selected."
Victor Hugo said, "Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come" and clearly this is an idea whose time has come.
And the social networks of cyberspace, another idea whose time has come since we began the series, enable us to reach out to. . .you out there, wherever you are and whatever you think.
So we invite you to share your all-time favorite moment, guest or episode, and the reason for your choice, by commenting here at Bravotv.com, on Bravo’s Facebook page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #IAS250. If we choose your response, it will be read on the show, as the introduction of the moment, guest or episode you’ve proposed, signed and certified by you.
It’s as simple as that: you, our viewers are the casting directors of this historic 250th episode -- and your wishes will be our commands.
We await your responses and decisions. Then you and your friends and family can gather before the electronic hearth later this fall to watch an unprecedented cavalcade of stars, chosen -- and presented -- by YOU and your fellow viewers.
In the meantime, happy reminiscing. We’re sure this will be our best show ever because it’s now in your capable hands.