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The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

by admin October 3, 2007
The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

Fox is hugely excited about the casting coup they got for Back to You of Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, neither of whom attended the interview junket and both of whom walked right by me on the red carpet at the party. But that's okay because the one person I really, really wanted to talk to was Fred Willard and he was there in his matching turquoise shirt and socks glory and I got to talk to him!

Fred began the interview by making fun of my rather large computer backpack. He said I looked like I was hiking in from Oregon. It really did look like that, though. I guess I didn't realize how large the backpack was when I bought it. It's really great when I bring my computer on hiking trips, though.

Sara M: So, Fred Willard from Back to You.

Fred Willard: Back to You, yes!

Sara M: But first, I remember seeing you get the Del Close Lifetime Achievement Award at IO West a few years back.

Fred Willard: Oh, right! Those awards are so meaningless, but it's fun to get up there and your friends come and you get to be the center of attention for a while. Really, I hate to get awards. You may think I'm joking, but I'm self-conscious about it. I don't like to be picked out for things.

Sara M: I'm just bringing it up because they played this retrospective of your career and there was a clip of you in Get Smart, and I have to ask, what do you remember about doing that?

Fred Willard: Get Smart -- I had a partner, we had a comedy team. We had a sketch, it was pantomime -- that I got the idea from these movies, like Westerns where somebody's holding a gun on someone and the other guy knocks the gun out of his hand and then there's a scuffle over the gun. So we did this thing where a guy was cracking a safe and a detective comes in with a gun and it goes back and forth for a solid minute. And they end up, they've lost the gun and the detective shrugs and walks away and the guy goes back to his safe. So I came in one day and they said, "Get Smart wants to use you guys in an episode."

Sara M: As the spy trainees!

Fred Willard: Yeah, so we did the sketch -- which made no sense that we'd do that sketch as trainees -- but the thing I remember about it is our agent, who was not the greatest agent, says they called and they wanted to use us as a spin-off, as a pilot for you guys to do your own series. But I said, "No way!"

Sara M: Aww.

Fred Willard: Well, at the time, I think we got eight hundred dollars for two of us. They weren't gonna get away with anything like that, they have to pay us! But I remember we did it at Warner Brothers and I worked with Don Adams. Someone showed me a tape of us and I looked like an embryo.

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The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

by admin October 3, 2007
The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

Fox is hugely excited about the casting coup they got for Back to You of Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, neither of whom attended the interview junket and both of whom walked right by me on the red carpet at the party. But that's okay because the one person I really, really wanted to talk to was Fred Willard and he was there in his matching turquoise shirt and socks glory and I got to talk to him!

Fred began the interview by making fun of my rather large computer backpack. He said I looked like I was hiking in from Oregon. It really did look like that, though. I guess I didn't realize how large the backpack was when I bought it. It's really great when I bring my computer on hiking trips, though.

Sara M: So, Fred Willard from Back to You.

Fred Willard: Back to You, yes!

Sara M: But first, I remember seeing you get the Del Close Lifetime Achievement Award at IO West a few years back.

Fred Willard: Oh, right! Those awards are so meaningless, but it's fun to get up there and your friends come and you get to be the center of attention for a while. Really, I hate to get awards. You may think I'm joking, but I'm self-conscious about it. I don't like to be picked out for things.

Sara M: I'm just bringing it up because they played this retrospective of your career and there was a clip of you in Get Smart, and I have to ask, what do you remember about doing that?

Fred Willard: Get Smart -- I had a partner, we had a comedy team. We had a sketch, it was pantomime -- that I got the idea from these movies, like Westerns where somebody's holding a gun on someone and the other guy knocks the gun out of his hand and then there's a scuffle over the gun. So we did this thing where a guy was cracking a safe and a detective comes in with a gun and it goes back and forth for a solid minute. And they end up, they've lost the gun and the detective shrugs and walks away and the guy goes back to his safe. So I came in one day and they said, "Get Smart wants to use you guys in an episode."

Sara M: As the spy trainees!

Fred Willard: Yeah, so we did the sketch -- which made no sense that we'd do that sketch as trainees -- but the thing I remember about it is our agent, who was not the greatest agent, says they called and they wanted to use us as a spin-off, as a pilot for you guys to do your own series. But I said, "No way!"

Sara M: Aww.

Fred Willard: Well, at the time, I think we got eight hundred dollars for two of us. They weren't gonna get away with anything like that, they have to pay us! But I remember we did it at Warner Brothers and I worked with Don Adams. Someone showed me a tape of us and I looked like an embryo.

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