The central character in the Netflix animated comedy series BoJack Horseman is a former sitcom star struggling with depression and alcohol addiction — who also happens to be a horse. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg likens his series to that other show about a talking horse, Mister Ed.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg's animated comedy series for Netflix satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era.
Seven years after Fox canceled the cult-favorite sitcom, a fourth season of Arrested Development is streaming on Netflix. The show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that if the show doesn't get the right ratings this time, he can't blame the time slot.
The director James Burrows is being honored this week with a career tribute at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Burrows made his name with classic TV sitcoms including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show. After helping to create Cheers, Burrows directed episodes of many other hit sitcoms, including Night Court, Frasier, Friends and Will and Grace.
Rock, pop, jazz and Bart Simpson. We talk with writer and cartoonist Matt Groening. Before The Simpsons, Futurama and Life in Hell, he was a rock critic. Now he's edited an anthology collecting 2003's best music writing.
Co-executive producer, star and writer of the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm — Larry David. The show just began its third season. David was also the co-creator, former executive producer and one of the writers of Seinfeld. David was the basis for the "George" character — Jerry Seinfeld's neurotic best friend. David was a writer for Saturday Night Live and the short-lived ABC late-night series, Fridays. This interview first aired Jan. 2, 1991.
Comedian Bernie Mac has traced his own path to the top, staying in Chicago and other spots — anywhere but Los Angeles. Now he's the star of The Bernie Mac Show, a sitcom on Fox. As his book I Ain't Scared of You is released, we talk with Mac about his days honing his craft, his ideas about what makes a star — and who's better, Sinatra or Williams.
Joan Cusack has received two best supporting actress Oscar nominations — in 1988 for her role in Working Girl, and in 1997 for her role in In and Out. Her other movies include Broadcast News, Grosse Pointe Blank, Arlington Road, The Cradle Will Rock, Runaway Bride, and High Fidelity, based on the novel by Nick Hornby. She has a new sit com on ABC called "What About Joan." It airs Tuesday nights.
Actor David Hyde Pierce plays Frasier's brother, Niles Crane, on NBC's sitcom "Frasier". He just received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting actor in a Comedy Series. Pierce has also appeared in the films: "Bright Lights, Big City," "Little Man Tate," "The Fisher King," "Crossing Delancy," "Sleepless in Seattle, and "Nixon." His voice can be heard in the movie "A Bug's Life." (REBROADCAST from 11/5/98)
Pierce plays "Niles Crane" on NBC's sitcom "Frasier." He has received two Emmy Awards for this role. Pierce has also appeared in the films: "Bright Lights, Big City," "Little Man Tate," "The Fisher King," "Crossing Delancy," "Sleepless in Seattle, and "Nixon." His voice also appears in the new movie "A Bug's Life." He currently lives in Los Angeles.