Not only did we have the most talented and gorgeous cast, they were...I LOVED them! They were just dreamy in every way. It's a writer's dream to put that much effort into the material and then have people that talented performing it! And they're all in their early twenties! They're so young! I don't know how you get that talented when you're that young! They were just a dream cast. Absolutely. And that is the saddest thing for me. God. How many times can you put together a group of writers that know what they're doing and a group of actors that talented? It just felt like that, if they'd had anything to put us behind, we could at least have been a hit by WB standards. But I don't think they did a good job of getting the word out about what we were and that we might appeal to an older crowd.
See, I definitely felt it was an "older crowd" kind of show. I think it was misrepresented in the press by being a "spoof" when that just didn't really tell you -- I had a difficult time describing it, because you can't really describe it in one word. It's kind of everything. That was the strength, but that was also the roadblock of the people trying to get it out there.
I completely agree. And you really have to have someone who's willing to commit to it, because if people haven't caught on yet, but they will, because it's good and you just have to give people more time to catch onto it. You know, Seinfeld was on for three years before they moved it behind Cheers, and then it became this phenomenon. I'm not saying we were Seinfeld but I believe that, if we got lucky, we might have built an audience, because it was just a really good show. Although, at one point, we're on this pre-teen girls network and I looked at a cut of that Jason Priestley episode which, possibly, was the funniest show we did, and I'm like, "Guys, we're doing a show where it starts off with a guy getting a blowjob by a prostitute in a car! What are we thinking?!" And the amazing thing was that the WB let us do it! As sad as I was that the show got cancelled, I have never had that kind of creative freedom! They knew we were doing a great show. They knew it. And they supported us.
The people in Standards and Practices, they called us when we ran that scene past them and we thought, "They're NEVER gonna let us have this girl pop out of his lap!" So they called me from Standards and Practices and they're like, "Well, you know, we think it's hilarious, but we're just not sure." They actually went to the next level of executives to try and get it approved. Because it was out of their hands, it was that outrageous. Of course, the show was so under the radar that no one would even have noticed, but they just asked for us to add one line as a compromise so no one would think it was a blowjob. So I came up with the line, "Is there a problem, officer? The young lady was just looking for her earring." Which was a hilarious line, and they were like, "Oh, yeah, that's good! Now you can leave the blowjob in!" And their other note, which was equally hilarious, was that his hands had to be where you could see them and that he couldn't reach down and zip up his pants. I'm going, "So you're saying that you would rather have us believe that he's just sitting there with his dick hanging out while the cop comes up rather than being that graphic?" [laughing] But, you know what? If they wanted us to do that and they let us get away with all the other stuff we got away with...plus, I thought Jason Priestley just did a great job directing and he was wonderful in it.