Hollywood & Levine

Episode 10: The Making of FRIENDS
Mar 8, 9:00 PM
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FRIENDS has become a phenomenon. But what about the early days? The making of the pilot was anything but smooth. Ken shares things about FRIENDS you probably didn’t know like Jennifer Aniston was almost written out of half the first season, or a number of known actors turned down the roles. Also, Ken talks about what makes a good pilot, and his horrible luck selling pilots to ABC
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Eric’s Thoughts:

If you listen just for the Friends intel, you might be disappointed, as that section isn’t very long (though it’s always nice to hear long-time TV writer Jeff Greenstein recap his experiences in the biz). But otherwise, it’s good way to kill an hour walking through Ikea. (which is how I experienced this episode)

Hollywood & Levine: 7: Tips on how to go to Disneyland and Disney World


My first foray into Hollywood & Levine, but I am familiar with host Ken Levine’s writing and his career. He’s a long-time TV comedy writer who also had a career as a baseball radio broadcaster, and the latter is very apparent listening to him speak into a mic. His inflections and his ability to segue from anecdote to anecdote should be quite familair to baseball fans. This episode is interesting for aficionados of Disney theme parks and want to hear stories about them, but if you’re really looking for insider tips, a trip to Google will probably return more current inside info.