We had our big red-carpet premiere last week at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The producers invited the entire cast and crew, and we ate popcorn and watched the first two episodes in a movie theater. It was so great to be together once again with everyone involved in this show. Several cast members of The Office showed up to support us. After the screening we moved to a nearby restaurant for food, drinks and sparkling conversation.
Let me fill you in on what's fappenin' on Sons and Daughters this week. ABC is broadcasting two episodes back-to-back again on Tuesday at 9 pm/ET. The first episode is called "Film Festival." Cameron tries to connect with his son Henry by getting the whole family to attend the screening of one of Henry's short films. Henry is extremely anxious about the family attending the screening. You should know that in this episode there are cross-dressing equestrians, hurt feelings, racial tension and sleazy talent managers trying to control luscious Jenna and her performing career. Don continues to rehearse his play, and if you're a fan of Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg, you mustn't miss this episode. It was written by Fred Goss and Nick Holly and our crack team of writer-producers.
As in my previous blog entry, Fred Goss, who plays Cameron on the show, was still writing, directing, producing, acting and working as an electrician for "Film Festival." At the end of the week, he was hospitalized for exhaustion. Because I forgot to send him flowers, I was replaced by lovable Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond for about half a day until my agent intervened (which means he begged and pleaded and accepted a huge pay cut so that I could return to the show). In a twist of fate, that same agent sent me a half-dozen roses later with a sad little banner that said, "Congratulations! You're back, baby!" I was almost moved by this thoughtful gesture of goodwill.
The second episode airing tonight, "Barbeque Therapy," was directed by comedy legend David Steinberg, who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more often than anyone except Bob Hope. The story is by Nick and Fred, and the script was written by a man with an impeccable pedigree, someone who recently won best in show at the Westminster Writers Club. His name is Wil Calhoun, and he used to work on Friends, Caroline in the City, F Troop and I Love Lucy. Wil has been around a long time, and the man knows comedy. He is also a talented playwright. Writing plays in Hollywood, though, won't provide you with the money to feed a marriage-shattering blackjack habit in Las Vegas, so Wil sought work in television. I hope Wil didn't want to keep that private.
If you like barbeques, meat, vegetables and tofu or if you love to laugh this second episode is for you. It's filled with young, beautiful people running their hands over each other's hard, tan, supple bodies. I hope you don't tune in just for that, though. It is also about exploring the human condition and people trying to connect with each other on an emotional and spiritual level. However, as I said, it also features young, gorgeous people exploring the seamy side of passion. And some really sexy improvising. I would describe this episode as Girls Gone Wild meets The Waltons. I hope you enjoy it.
For even more on Sons & Daughters' "relative" insanity, check out Jerry's blog from March 6.