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A ground-breaking series and the launching of a “new” career …

Robert Mandan (R) and the cast of "Soap"

The cast of "Soap"

Television fame is an interesting thing. Actors who have worked for years in theatre are suddenly “discovered” and cast in a high-profile role in a ground-breaking series and a “new” career is launched.

Such was the case of established actor Robert Mandan when he was cast as Chester Tate in the controversial, new 1977 comedy series “Soap.”

I was a big fan of the show. Way back in 1977, before moving to Los Angeles, I got to interview series creator and producer Susan Harris for my WBZ Radio/Boston interview show.

Then, in 1992, we were lucky enough to have series star Robert Mandan pay us a visit on “Lemack & Company Live,” our little Beverly Hills-based coffee shop chat show. We talked about his life before, during and after his role as Chester Tate.

We just added that interview to our RerunIt.com collection; we also just uploaded a short promo onto YouTube. If you, too, were a “Soap” fan, I think you will find what Robert had to say, particularly about the TV casting process, quite interesting.

Thanks for giving it a look!

Brad Lemack

Los Angeles, CA

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Applause, applause for the fabulous Bonnie Franklin …

The cast of "One Day at a Time": (L to R) Pat Harrington, Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin and Mackenzie Phillips.

The cast of "One Day at a Time"

So, so sad to hear the news this morning of the death of actress Bonnie Franklin, one of the best.

I first met Bonnie back in the early 1980’s when I worked as the publicist for her acclaimed CBS-TV series “One Day at a Time.” When I later opened my own talent management and PR company, Bonnie soon came along and it was beyond a joy to work with her and for her through the many projects we did together.
Much will be written today and in the days that follow about Bonnie and the impressive career she earned and the legacy she leaves behind. We can leave that reporting to the entertainment news outlets around the world.
What they cannot share with you is something exclusive to us at Lemack & Company that I want to share with you.
In 2008, following the success of my book “The Business of Acting,” I joined with Gary Marsh and his Virtual Channel Network to produce and host a limited series of interviews about the business of acting with “working” actors talking about their career journeys.
Bonnie was one of those amazing folks who came to our little studio in West Los Angeles one particular Saturday afternoon to talk for four segments about her life, her career and the lessons she learned along the way.
I’m happy to share Segment #1 here. You can view the remaining three segments on-demand at InsideTheBusinessOfActing.com.
From her Tony Award-winning musical, with a salute to Bonnie, “Applause, applause” – and thank you.
BL

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“Air pockets?!” and Shelley Winters … A winning pop culture combo

Arguably, there is no one who can screech “Air pockets?!” better than Stella Stevens. Witness her performance as Linda Rogo in the original 1972 film “The Poseidon Adventure.” I loved that film! Still do.

You can hear Stella recreate that now-famous screech, as well as hear her talk about Shelley Winters and the bigger picture of her career, in our 1992 interview.

You can view a promo clip on YouTube or watch the complete interview on-demand on at RerunIt.com.

It’s one of my favorites.

From Hollywood, BL.

The Making of George Jefferson …

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

I first met Sherman in the early 1980’s when I worked for producer Norman Lear as the publicist for “The Jeffersons,” which became the longest running series in the history of television at that time.

Through “The Jeffersons” and particularly the years that followed, there were many memorable moments. Being Isabel Sanford’s manager, I was able to place both of them into many television and film projects where their contributions to American pop culture were celebrated as they recreated their roles of George and Louise Jefferson, including many personal appearance trips to Italy where “The Jeffersons” grew to be a tremendous hit.

I have always thought that both Isabel and Sherman never quite got their due. For me, they will always been one of television’s most memorable, yet most overlooked, duos.

It is, indeed, the end of an era.

We have just uploaded a nearly ten minute segment of my interview with Sherman from November 1992 interview for our live Beverly Hills-based coffee shop chat show. There is a short promo that just went up on You Tube. After watching that, I hope you will view the entire piece at RerunIt.com for a really interesting look at the making of George Jefferson as Sherman tells it.

In honoring Sherman, we also honor Isabel and have returned her to the RerunIt.com Now Playing section. On the Home page, you can run (or rerun) the first segment of our three parter with her from 1992. The other two segments are available for viewing on-demand in the RerunIt Library.

I hope they are both smiling down on us from their “deelux” apartment in the sky …

BL

Before the Dark Knight rose …

Christian Bale is The Dark Knight

Christian Bale is The Dark Knight

Long before the Dark Knight could rise, Bob Kane put pen to paper and created one of the greatest superhero icons ever. That was back in 1939 when Kane created The Bat-Man – and the rest is pop culture history.

Back in 1992, Bob Kane was a guest on our Beverly Hills-based coffee shop chat show Lemack & Company LIVE. While we have featured some clips from that interview in the RerunIt.com collection previously, we have just added nearly 18 minutes of never-before-seen (since its original live broadcast) footage from that program.

In it, Kane talks about his background, his upbringing, how The Bat-Man came to be created – and what he thinks of those who have donned the cape and played the role on film and in television up to that time.

My bad 1990’s hair asides, I am happy to share this with you. Enjoy!

Brad Lemack, Los Angeles, Summer 2012

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