Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Moonlighting by Scott Ryan - Book Tour + Giveaway

TV history

Date Published: 6/1/2021

Publisher: The Fayetteville Mafia Press

Once upon a time ABC-TV’s Moonlighting was among the most buzzed-about shows in the country, thanks largely to the bravado of creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who never met a television convention he didn’t want to break, and the sizzling on-screen chemistry between glamorous erstwhile film star Cybill Shepherd and a New Jersey bartender nobody had ever heard of before named Bruce Willis, who bickered and flirted ceaselessly on screen and engaged in epic off-screen battles that all these years later remain the stuff of Hollywood legend. This combustible blend of creative brilliance produced some of the most acclaimed, audacious, and innovative programming of the eighties, including a black and white tribute to film noir, with an introduction by Orson Welles; a parody of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, written in iambic pentameter; an homage to The Honeymooners; and countless metafictive episodes breaking through the fourth wall — almost unheard of at the time for hourlong comedy-dramas. Without a doubt, Moonlighting helped pave the way for the era of prestige television we are now all enjoying.

The real story of this pioneering television series and the extraordinary behind-the-scenes challenges, battles, and rewards has never been told — until now. Author Scott Ryan (The Last Days of Letterman, thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history, The Blue Rose, Scott Luck Stories) interviews over twenty people, including the actors, writers, directors, and producers who made Moonlighting such a dynamic, unforgettable show, delving deep into their thoughts and feelings as they relive this magical moment in pop culture history in this full color oral history.


What happened next? Well, that is the question this book asks. How

did a show that was hotter than the Rubik’s Cube or “Baby on Board”

signs get canceled less than two years and twenty-eight episodes after

airing its most-watched episode? The media dubbed it the “Moonlighting

Curse.” The conventional wisdom became that if two main characters

from a series got together, the show died. It happened on Moonlighting,

so therefore it will happen on The X-Files or Felicity. This is why Castle,

Bones, Friends, Downton Abbey, and every show since 1987 delayed, at all

logical costs, their main characters getting together. But was this really

the cause of the cancellation? I wanted to solve this mystery more than

knowing who was the real killer in the Flamingo Cove murder.


Moonlighting: An Oral History is a look at the series through the words

of the people who created it, how the series was shaped and cared for

and how it finally slipped away from the hearts and minds of the same

American audiences who once had catapulted it to the top. I also had no

interest in covering gossip or tawdry tales, so readers will have to look

elsewhere for those stories. My interest was to find out how a massively

successful series could have so many production problems that, as Bill

Carter of The New York Times reported, it “used more reruns during its

four years on the air than any other series.”10 Why? Can the Anselmo case

finally be solved? Find out on tonight’s all new episode of Moonlighting.

Contact Links






Purchase Link


a Rafflecopter giveaway

RABT Book Tours & PR

1 comment:

  1. I use to watch this show all the time. Thanks for the chance.


Please try not to spam posts with the same comments over and over again. Authors like seeing thoughtful comments about their books, not the same old, "I like the cover" or "sounds good" comments. While that is nice, putting some real thought and effort in is appreciated. Thank you.