The Gold Monkey Gathering
Sunday Shindig Summary
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Bill Battersby (camera operator)
Stephen Collins ('Jake')
Tom Greene (writer/producer)
Harvey Laidman (director)
Jeff MacKay ('Corky')
Caitlin O'Heaney ('Sarah')
Jeff recently co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in a sitcom pilot about 12 beautiful female wrestlers in Las Vegas. Jeff plays the ladies' sleazy manager. They're still shopping the show around town.
Caitlin has just entered the fragrance industry. Her perfume, appropriately called Caitlin, will be available shortly in fine department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue. Caitlin created the scent a couple of years ago just for her, but one momentous day, she asked her business partner, Linda Campanelli, to smell her. This not only led to a new business venture, but the story led to the Gathering's running gag line. Somehow, "Smell this!" worked its way into almost every story. As with just about all the laughs (and there were far too many to mention here), Jeff was the instigator.
About two years after the show was cancelled, Stephen Collins had a meeting with NBC president, Brandon Tartikoff. Brandon said to Stephen, "I'll tell you a story now that'll make you feel terrible, but you should know how these things work." The networks subscribe to different kinds of audience research. NBC and CBS both subscribed to TVQ (the creators of the infamous Q ratings on actors' popularity and recognizability), which NBC looked at very carefully and used a key factor in programming decisions. Tartikoff said that, based on the TVQ research, Tales of the Gold Monkey had everything they looked for a show that's on the air for seven seasons. However, ABC didn't subscribe to TVQ. The folks at NBC were shocked, yet pleased, that Gold Monkey got the axe. Jeff mentioned that he had friends who worked for CBS development and they were planning on scheduling against the show for years.
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And lots more!!
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