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Old 10-11-2002, 02:21 PM   #106
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I worked from 10am to noon. Two hour lunch. 2pm to 6pm.
Wednesday night until 9pm or 10pm with a dinner. Friday night was the show. That went late.

I am not sure what the actors did during the week. They had rehearsals. I usually only saw them on Monday mornings to read the new scripts and Friday nights when they filmed the show. Sometimes at lunch they'd be walking around the lot. There were basketball games. Like that. Writers and actors are two separate camps.
Cool. Too bad the actors didnt really hang out with the writers. Ohh!! I have a question!!

Did the actors ever talk to writers or producers about their OWN story-line ideas?? I know on the Brady Bunch Greg (Barry Williams) wanted to get into a fistfight...with his TV Dad!! and Jan (Eve Plumb) wanted more serious story-lines.
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I don't ever remember the actors coming up with story ideas while I was there. I know it has happened. If they did, it came through the director and they didn't get credit. Most everyone is under contract and usually scripts are limited. I know as writers we had to come up with different story lines for each character involving one episode. Like a Joanie smoking show or a Fearless Malph etc. Every actor got at least one episode that they were featured in. Sometimes an actor would come up with a line or a joke. Ron Howard was really good at that. It was then added into the script. Other times they switched lines. It all had to be approved by the producers first. I remember Donny Most wanting the writers to do an episode where he was serious and not funny.
Most of the time if there were any ideas or changes it would have to go from the actor to the director to the producer to the writers.
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I don't ever remember the actors coming up with story ideas while I was there. I know it has happened. If they did, it came through the director and they didn't get credit. Most everyone is under contract and usually scripts are limited. I know as writers we had to come up with different story lines for each character involving one episode. Like a Joanie smoking show or a Fearless Malph etc. Every actor got at least one episode that they were featured in. Sometimes an actor would come up with a line or a joke. Ron Howard was really good at that. It was then added into the script. Other times they switched lines. It all had to be approved by the producers first. I remember Donny Most wanting the writers to do an episode where he was serious and not funny.
Most of the time if there were any ideas or changes it would have to go from the actor to the director to the producer to the writers.
OMG thats so cool! Ahhh Ron Howard made jokes...lol. Yeah...now that you mention it, each season they had an episode featured on one character. Except Chuck..poor guy... unless you count the episode where Richie moves in with him. If I think of anything else, Ill ask you. I wish you had written throughout the whole series because Id have a lot more questions!!! lol

Anyways..thanks for answering!!!!
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After the show was shot in front of the audience, did any of the actors do any mingling with them or did they just go back stage?
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I remember Donny Most wanting the writers to do an episode where he was serious and not funny. Most of the time if there were any ideas or changes it would have to go from the actor to the director to the producer to the writers.

There actually was an episode where Ralph acted serious. It was "Marion: Fairy Godmother," where Ralph went on a date with Leather Tuscadero to a military ball. Guess Don Most's idea was used after all? ...
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omg!!! i have you to thank for helping me pass biology! see, back when i was a freshman in high school( a long time ago- 20 years) i failed biology the first time because i found it so boring. well, since i flunked i had 2 options.1) go to summer school or 2) retake the course my sophmore year. i'm sure you guessed which option i picked. anyway, back in the late '70's i use to tape all the shows with my tape recorder. vcr's weren't out yet i don't think. but all i know was we didn't have one. so each tuesday night i would sit in my room, put the recorder up next to the tv, and record while i would watch the show. boy was it hard to record while i held in my laughter just so i wouldn't mess up the tape. ok now to the reason why i have you to thank!!! years after that episode aired and i had it on tape is when i failed the class the first time. when i retook the class i studied hard but still had trouble with tests that covered the anatomy sections. but just before i was about to take my final exam at the end of the school year i remembered this episode with potsie and that i had it taped. the night before the big exam, i found it, put it in the player, put on my earphones, and played it over and over until i fell asleep like i did with other episodes i had. when it came to the time when i had to take the anatomy portion of the exam i just started to tap my feet and hum the song to myself to help me remember what i had learned from listening to potsie's song. of course the boy sitting next to me had no clue to what i was doing and he kept shooting me dirty looks and telling me to quit humming.i PASSED the class. so you see, if you had not written that episode dealing with potsie's difficulty in trying to pass anatomy and then having him come up with a method to help him pass the class i never would have passed either!!! i totally related to that show. i learned alot of things from watching HAPPY DAYS. as i look back now i just wished i had remembered that i had that particular show taped when i was a freshman so then i wouldn't of had to sit through another year of that subject. thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! again
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Most of the time the actors stayed back stage unless they had personal friends in the audience or charitable things going on.
Usually they waited until the studio audience was gone to socialize on the stage. By that time it was late and most people just wanted to go home. I think most mingling was done between the afternoon run-thru and the evening filming.
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It is nice to know that something I thought up has helped someone in someway. Thank you. I'm glad you passed. They used part of my episode on MTV Divas live a few years back for some music education theme. Grades ain't cool, learning is.
(No I didn't get $36.00 for that one. I think I got half. ha ha.)
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Ohh that so cool! Hey HappyDazeForever--do you still have those tapes?? Thatd be really cool!
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Oh Ive got a question!! Did you guys ever have any story ideas turned down? Im sure everyone had an idea not used at some point because you cant please everyone...but do you remember any of them? Or any ideas from other people you thought were stupid etc.?
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I can't remember any specific story ideas that were turned down.
My jacket story. Ha ha! They bought that one though. Lots of times a writer would come up with a line or a joke and Bob Brunner would just say, "No" in a funny kind of way. Really loud like. Sometimes they would say, "That doesn't fit the character" or "That doesn't fit in with the script" or "I don't think Fonzie would say that" or "That is more of a Potsie line than a Ralph line". Like that....I can't remember the exact lines or stories at the moment. Usually the stories are broke in the beginning of the season. They make what is called "An Ark". The ark of the season or the ark of the show that year. They write each story that they are going to use on a little card and pin that up onto a clip board in the sequence it is to be filmed. Then it is all broken down as to who is going to write it. How much will it cost. Sets, wardrobe, etc etc. There is a science to it. Once the ideas are there and the budgets are approved the scripts are like filling in the blanks.
Everything is changed and rewritten up until the filming and even then some. Sometimes things are added in after. Voice overs. Inserts of say a hand or whatever. It is a constant work until it is fully edited and finalized. Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production.

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COOL!

Hey just a question


What were Donny Most and Anson Williams like in real life?
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I Have A Question, How Do You Spell Richie's Ha Ha Ha's? Do You Know? Is It Spelled Hah Ha ha?
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I have another one, did Ron Howard, Anson Williams and Donny Most get along really good ? I mean as much as their characters did?
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