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The Steve Sicherman Interview

WC: Ah, it's the same as recapping, again.

SS: You almost just want to sit back and just enjoy it -- to the extent you can -- as a regular viewer, instead of having to sit there and focus on the nuance, or wonder how much money that piece of music cost in that scene.

WC: What are some of the shows you love that you don't work on?

SS: I'm a very big Dave Chappelle fan. I love Jon Stewart. I watch Bill Maher. I'm a big fan of Without a Trace, I think it's very well done. Boston Legal, which is one of ours, I think is also really well done. And Scrubs, whenever I get a chance, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. American Idol. The staples. And I'm also a big junkie of the VH1 "This Is The '80s" or "Hundred Best Moments Of Reality TV" or any of those specials. I'll usually launch into them somewhere around #57 and then I'm basically hooked.

WC: I've had that experience too -- and with subjects you don't necessarily care about, and still, they suck you in.

SS: Absolutely.

WC: I guess the next question is, now we have to turn it back to...ourselves: how did you come to be aware of our site, back when it was Mighty Big TV?

SS: It was right when we started doing Making the Band. One of the big things of Making the Band was to make sure that we kept the identities secret, who were the guys who made it. First, we culled it down to twenty-five in the pilot, and then we got it down to eight, and then midway through the season it's going to get down to the five guys who ultimately got in the group. And we were very concerned because word was starting to trickle out about who these guys were. Their pictures were showing up on the web, and so actually, the way I found Mighty Big was that I was doing a search online, looking to see if there were any other websites that had pictures of the guys up, and I wound up at Mighty Big. It was probably, maybe after the second or third episode -- does that make sense? Were you recapping that soon?

WC: Oh, yeah.

SS: So I stumbled onto the site, and read the recap, thought it was just about the funniest thing I'd ever read, and immediately became a huge fan. I hooked the assistants in the department up, to hook them on the website, and we were all going on the site, in our department. After a while, I was such a fan of [Heathen]'s recaps that finally, after reading several more weeks of them, I sent her an email that said, "I don't know if you wonder if people who work on the show are reading these, but some of us are, and they're fantastic. Thanks so much, they're really great." And we actually started a little bit of an email correspondence out of that. Ultimately, my boss at MTV got hooked on the recaps as well, and long story short, within a few weeks [Heathen] was out in L.A. and working for us as a writer on Tough Enough. But that was really kind of the first time I saw the recaps -- just looking to see if there was any other Making the Band stuff out there. And then, you know, got addicted to the message boards.

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The Steve Sicherman Interview

WC: Ah, it's the same as recapping, again.

SS: You almost just want to sit back and just enjoy it -- to the extent you can -- as a regular viewer, instead of having to sit there and focus on the nuance, or wonder how much money that piece of music cost in that scene.

WC: What are some of the shows you love that you don't work on?

SS: I'm a very big Dave Chappelle fan. I love Jon Stewart. I watch Bill Maher. I'm a big fan of Without a Trace, I think it's very well done. Boston Legal, which is one of ours, I think is also really well done. And Scrubs, whenever I get a chance, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. American Idol. The staples. And I'm also a big junkie of the VH1 "This Is The '80s" or "Hundred Best Moments Of Reality TV" or any of those specials. I'll usually launch into them somewhere around #57 and then I'm basically hooked.

WC: I've had that experience too -- and with subjects you don't necessarily care about, and still, they suck you in.

SS: Absolutely.

WC: I guess the next question is, now we have to turn it back to...ourselves: how did you come to be aware of our site, back when it was Mighty Big TV?

SS: It was right when we started doing Making the Band. One of the big things of Making the Band was to make sure that we kept the identities secret, who were the guys who made it. First, we culled it down to twenty-five in the pilot, and then we got it down to eight, and then midway through the season it's going to get down to the five guys who ultimately got in the group. And we were very concerned because word was starting to trickle out about who these guys were. Their pictures were showing up on the web, and so actually, the way I found Mighty Big was that I was doing a search online, looking to see if there were any other websites that had pictures of the guys up, and I wound up at Mighty Big. It was probably, maybe after the second or third episode -- does that make sense? Were you recapping that soon?

WC: Oh, yeah.

SS: So I stumbled onto the site, and read the recap, thought it was just about the funniest thing I'd ever read, and immediately became a huge fan. I hooked the assistants in the department up, to hook them on the website, and we were all going on the site, in our department. After a while, I was such a fan of [Heathen]'s recaps that finally, after reading several more weeks of them, I sent her an email that said, "I don't know if you wonder if people who work on the show are reading these, but some of us are, and they're fantastic. Thanks so much, they're really great." And we actually started a little bit of an email correspondence out of that. Ultimately, my boss at MTV got hooked on the recaps as well, and long story short, within a few weeks [Heathen] was out in L.A. and working for us as a writer on Tough Enough. But that was really kind of the first time I saw the recaps -- just looking to see if there was any other Making the Band stuff out there. And then, you know, got addicted to the message boards.

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