"I think writing for television, film, particularly dialogue, is a music and you either hear it or you don't. I came to realize very quickly that I do hear it, and I got very comfortable with that."
About This Interview
In his over three-hour Archive interview, Glenn Gordon Caron talks about his first jobs, including his work at an ad agency where he learned how to write on a deadline. He speaks of writing his first teleplay, for Taxi, and recalls a number of the series for which he served as story editor in the early 1980s, including Remington Steele. He describes the creation of his own production company, Picturemaker Productions, and the exclusive deal he had with ABC. He lists the pilots that he wrote and produced under the company's banner, and outlines his signature show, Moonlighting. He talks about casting Cybil Shepard and Bruce Willis, and enlisting Robert Butler as director. Caron discusses the music, the overlapping dialogue sequences, and the notorious production difficulties on the show. He describes several of Moonlighting's most creative and noteworthy episodes, such as "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (a black-and-white episode that featured an introduction by Orson Welles), "Atomic Shakespeare" (a retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew"), and "The Straight Poop" (a behind-the-scenes mockumentary of the show with interviewer Rona Barrett). Caron then briefly chronicles his work in feature films and on the short-lived series Now and Again and the unaired series Fling. Lastly, he discusses the production of the series Medium, the show's basis on a real-life medium, the casting, the importance of creating a realistic home life for the lead characters, and the season two episode that was broadcast in 3-D. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview on the set of the show Medium in Manhattan Beach, CA, on September 19, 2007.