Behind Closed Doors – How an episode of Home Improvement is Made (higher quality)

Behind Closed Doors – How an episode of Home Improvement is Made (higher quality)


NG EPISODE 90, AND LIKE ALL THEIR SHOWS, IT WILL BE SEEN
BY OVER 40 MILLION PEOPLE. TONIGHT WE GO
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH TIM ALLEN,
PATRICIA RICHARDSON,
AND THE CAST TO SHOW YOU HOW THEY MAKE
THE NUMBER-ONE RATED SHOW IN THE COUNTRY. DAD, YOU’D BETTER
COME SEE MOM. SHE DOESN’T LOOK
SO GOOD. THEN WHY WOULD I
WANT TO GO SEE HER? BECAUSE SHE’S
MOANING LOUD
AND CALLING YOUR NAME. THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN
A DREAM OF MINE. THIS IWHAT WE SEE
IN OUR LIVING ROOM. IT’S A SHOW ABOUT MEN,
THEIR TOOLS, THEIR TOYS, AND THE WOMAN
THAT KEEPS THEM IN LINE. THEY ARE THE TAYLOR FAMILY
FROM DETROIT, MICHIGAN. MOM, MOM. BETTER COME SEE DAD. HE DOESN’T LOOK
SO GOOD. THEN WHY WOULD I
WANT TO SEE HIM? THOSE LAUGHS ARE
THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF OVER 150 PEOPLE– PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS,
WRITERS, STUDIO TECHNICIANS,
AS WELL AS THE CAST. HE STEPS BACK. GO WIDE.
COME ON, BUDDY. FROM THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT
TO THE STUDIO TAPING, IT TAKES FIVE DAYS
TO PRODUCE A SINGLE EPISODE. TIM! THEIR HOME IS NOT
IN DETROIT, BUT INSIDE A CLOSED SET
ON THE DISNEY LOT. THE TWO-STORY TAYLOR HOUSE
YOU E ON SCREEN HAS NO UPSTAIRS. ACTUALLY, THE ROOMS
ARE LAID OUT SIDE BY SIDE. ABOVE THE AUDIENCE
BLEACHERS IS THEHOME IMPROVEMENT
WAR ROOM, NOT THE PLUSH
HOLLYWOOD CONFERENCE ROOM
YOU MIGHT EXPECT, BUT IT’S FUNCTIONAL– ESPECIALLY ON MONDAY
WHEN EVERYONE PACKS IN TO READ THE SCRIPT OUT LOUD
FOR THE FIRST TIME. HONEY, I’M REALLY
SICK. BUT THIS IS
THE SUPER BOWL. WATCHING AT HARRY’S
IS TRADITION. YOU’VE NEVER GONE
TO HARRY’S BEFORE. WELL, TRADITION
HAS TO START SOMEWHERE. WHAT IF I NEED YOU? CALL ME AT HARRY’S.
THE MACHINE
WILL BE ON. I’LL CALL BACK
DURING COMMERCIALS. ERE’S SOME LOUD MUSIC
COMING FROM THERE. IS THATLAURA’S THEME
FROMDOCTOR ZHIVAGO?GOOD, AL. WE’LL BE PLAYING
THE BONUS ROUND
IN A FEW MINUTES. YOU WANTED ME
TO STAY, AND I DID. I DIDN’T THINK
YOU’D KNOW
THE GUYS WERE HERE YOU DIDN’T THINK
I’D NOTICE SIX MEN
AND THEIR SAUSAGES CRASHING INTO
MY BEDROOM? WHEN DOES IT BECOME
TIM’S IDEA TO HATCH
THIS WHOLE PLOT? BUT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, WHAT SEEMED HYSTERICAL
IN THE READ-THROUGH IS NOW RIPPED APART, SCENE BY SCENE,
PAGE BY PAGE, LINE BY LINE. SOMETIMES A JOKE
WE’VE LAUGHED AT MORE THAN ANY OTHER
IN THE SCRIPT DIES IN FRONT OF
THE AUDIENCE. WE HAVE TO KEEP
IN PERSPECTIVE THE AUDIENCE
THAT’S LISTENING
TO THE READING AS OPPOSED TO
THE AUDIENCE WE’RE
REALLY PLAYING FOR, 150 PEOPLE
ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND 40 MILLION
ON TUEAY NIGHTS. AFTER THE STUDIO
AND THE NETWORK
GIVE THEIR NOTES, THERE’S A PRIVATE MEETING WHERE TIM AND PATRICIA
AIR THEIR CANDID OPINIONS
ABOUT THE SCRIPT. THE WRITING STAFF
WILL SAY WE CAN TELL BY THE READ
THIS AIN’T FLYING. USUALLY
WE’RE ALL THE SAME. PAT AND I WILL TALK.
“THAT DIDN’T WORK.” EVERYBODY AGREES.
THEN PAT’LL SAY… NO. THIS IS NOT
SOMETHING THAT I WOULD
BUY AS A PARENT. WE HAD ONE EPISODE
WHERE WE NEVER COULD
GET TOGETHER ‘CAUSE SHE SAID R HUSBAND NEVER
LOOKS ATVICTORIA’S
SECRETCATALOGUES. AND EVERY OTHER GUY
IN THAT ROOM WENT,
“O.K.” HERE WE GO.MONDAY AFTERNOON,WITHOUT TELEVISION CAMERAS,
THEY MOVE TO THE STAGEAND PUT THE SHOW
ON ITS FEET FOR
THE FIRST TIME.TUESDAY–SAME DRILL.MORE REHEARSALS.
MORE REWRITES…ALL DAY.DO I SIT
ON THIS END,
THAT END, OR WHAT? SIT OVER
A LITTLE
BIT MORE. YEAH.
THAT’S FINE. WEDNESDAY MORNING, 8:30. TWO DAYS LEFT NOW
TO REFINE THE SCRIPTS FOR FRIDAY NIGHT’S TAPING. BUT TODAY THE CAST HAS TO
COMPLETELY REARRANGE
THEIR SCHEDULES BECAUSE THE NETWORK
HAS SET UP A PROMOTIONAL
PRESS TOUR WHERE THE STARS
MEET TV CRITICS FROM ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. I’M THE ONLY PERSON
NOT AFRAID OF BEING
FIRED BY HIM, SO I CAN SAY
ANYTHING I WANT. THAT’S WHY
EVERYBODY
LISTENS TO ME? IT COULDN’T BE BECAUSE
YOU’RE NICE. IT HAS TO BE
FOR SOME REASON, SO… I HAVEN’T FIRED
ANYBODY. I DIDN’T KNOW
UNTIL THIS
MOMENT THAT I COULD
FIRE PEOPLE. HEY, WHAT A REVELATION. SO YOU’RE
THE ONLY ONE– YOU’RE
UNTOUCHABLE. I THINK MAYBE
WE’LL CONTEST
THAT ONE. PAT AND TIM
HAVE BEEN CALLED THE LUCY AND DESI
OF THE NINETIES. AND BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS
OF THEIR STRETCH LIMOUSINE, WE FOUND OUT WHY. I PROBABLY WOULD
WANT TO LEAVE THE SHOW
BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE. WHY? BECAUSE IT’S A LG TIME
TO DO A SERIES. SHE JUST THROWS
THESE ASIDES OFF. WHY COULDN’T THEY JUST– PAT RICHARDSON’S
LEAVING THE SHOW! NO, I’M NOT.
I’M COMMITTED. NEXT WEEK,
SHE LEAVES
THE SHOW. MARRIAGES LAST
A LONG TIME, TOO. THEY COULD DO
MY THREE SONS.[HUMMINGMY THREE SONS
THEME SONG] HE COULD HAVE, LIKE,
A DATE. WILSON WOULD BE
THE THING NEXT DOOR. IT WOULD BE
A BIG SHOW,
THOUGH. PAT DIES.
THE BOYS KILL
PAT. THEN, BECAUSE
IT’S A SIT-COM, ABC SAYS,
“IT WAS ALL
IN FUN.” THEY WRAP IT UP
IN 20 MINUTES. THEY DIDN’T MEAN
TO KILL HER. SHE WOULD GO
TO GET HER Ph.D.
OUT OF TOWN FOR A YEAR. AND MARRY SOME
YOUNG CO-ED. SHE’LL DIVORCE TIM
AND MARRY SOMEONE SENSITIVE. SOME YOUNG BUCK. BRAD PITT. CAN YOU EXPLAIN
THE SUCCESS
OF THE SHOW? HOW DOES IT FEEL
BEING A ROLE MODEL FOR ALL
THE SENSITIVE MEN
IN THE WORLD? WHY DID YOU SAY YOU WOULDN’T BE MARRIED
TO A MAN LIKE TIM
IN REAL LIFE? HOW DID WILSON
GET CONCEIVED… AFTER AN HOUR OF QUESTIONS
FROM THE MEDIA, IT’S BACK TO WORK AND… YET ANOTHER REHEARSAL. BUT THIS TIME, TO SEE IF
THE SCRIPT IS GOING RIGHT, THE CAST DOES THE SHOW IN
FRONT OF A TEST AUDIENCE,
22 TOURISTS.HOME IMPROVEMENT
IS THE ONLY SHOW
ON TELEVISION THAT DOES THIS. THESE 22 PEOPLE WILL DETERMINE
WHAT 40 MILLION PEOPLE
SEE AT HOME. WE THINK IT’S FUNNY, BUT THE TRUE TEST IS PUT SOME WARM
BODIES IN FRONT
OF THEM. THAT TELLS THE WRITERS
THE LINES ARE WORKING. AND IT TELLS THE ACTORS,
“OH, THERE’S THE LAUGH.” THE AUDIENCE MOVES
FROM ROOM TO ROOM. THE WRITERS STAND
OVER THEIR SHOULDERS,
SCRIPTS IN HAND, TO MONITOR WHAT WORKS
AND WHAT DOESN’T. AFTER THE AUDIENCE LEAVES, EVERYONE GATHERS
IN THE TAYLOR LIVING ROOM TO REWORK
THE SHOW AGAIN. IT’S VERY ODD
THESE GUYS WOULD
COME IN THERE, AND I WATCH THE GAME,
AND TOTALLY FORGET
ABOUT JILL. I WOULD PROBABLY
REWORD THAT TO MAKE IT SIMPLER. THAT SHOULD WORK. ALTHOUGH HE WAS THERE, THE ONE PERSON
WE COULDN’T SHOW YOU AND WHOSE FACE
HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN ON ANY EPISODE OF
HOME IMPROVEMENT,WAS WILSON,
THE TAYLORS’ NEIGHBOR. MY CHARACTER
IS BASED ON NOT
BEING SEEN, AND I DON’T SEE
THE POINT OF SHOWING IT. I AM GETTING TIRED
OF HAVING TO BLOCK
MY FACE. I SAW TIM SITTING HERE
GIVING AN INTERVIEW, LOVELY INTERVIEW,
JUST TALKING AND SMILING AND MOVING ABOUT
AND MOVING HIS HEAD. YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO
BE WORRIED ABOUT
NOT BEING SEEN. I’M ALWAYS
MR. CONSTRICTION. I’LL ADD A SHOT
AT THE BEGINNING, TO GET
A DUAL REACTION. THURSDAY IS THE DAY
THEY POSITION THE CAMERAS. SIMULTANEOUSLY,
THE ACTION IS RECORDED
FROM FIVE DIFFERENT ANGLES. THE DIRECTOR THEN DETERMINES
WHICH ANGLE YOU’LL SEE AT HOME. IT’S A TEDIOUS PROCESS. YOU CAN’T WALK
TO THE COUCH ONE TIME, THEN NEXT TIME
WALK TO THE UPSTAIRS CHAIR. YOU DO THE SAME ING
OVER AND OVER. AS YOU DO IT,
IT BECOMES LIKE
A PART OF YOU. UH-OH…A LADD,
EXPOSED WIRES,
AND DAD. NO GOOD CAN
COME FROM THIS. WHEN THEY’RE NOT
REHEARSING, THE TAYLOR KIDS
ATTEND CLASS IN A SPECIAL SCHOOL
ON THE BACK LOT. DURING A BREAK,
WE SPOKE WITH THEM
IN THEIR TV BACKYARD. U BALANCE
SO MANY THINGS. IT’S A FULL-TIME JOB,
BUT YOU HAVE SCHOOL,
FRIENDSHIPS, FAMILY. I SEE THEM
MORE THAN SEE
MY REAL SISTER. WE ACTUALLY TRY TO TREAT
EACHTHER LIKE BROTHERS. LEGALLY, 9 1/2 HOURS
IS THE MOST A CHILD ACTOR IS ALLOWED
TO WORK IN A DAY. ON THIS DAY, THE REST OF THE CAST
REHEARSE WELL INTO THE NIGHT. ONE OF MY SECRETS– I PUT ON
THIS BEARD EVERY WEEK.
IT’S NOT RL. PERFECT.
O.K., LET’S GO. FRIDAY NIGHT. 7:15.
JUST MOMENTS FROM TAPING. BUT WHAT NOBODY KNOWS IS THAT IT ACTUALLY
TAKES THEM MORE THAN SIX HOURS TO RECORD
THE 22 MINUTES
WE SEE AT HOME. IN CASE OF A TECHNICAL
PROBLEM, THEY SHOOT THE SHOW TWICE, ONCE IN THE AFTERNOON, THEN AGAIN AT NIGHT
IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE. THE MORE YOU PRACTICE,
THE BETTER YOU ARE. IF WEDNESDAY YOU GOT IT,
THURSDAY IS BETTER. FRIDAY IS WHEN
THE GUNS ARE THERE. YOU HIT IT RIGHT
AND THEY LAUGH. JUST THREW UP
LAST NIGHT’S LASAGNA. BOY, DID IT TASTE BAD
COMING UP. DIDN’T TASTE
ALL THAT GOOD
GOING DOWN. EVEN NOW,
WHAT SEEMS HILARIOUS
TO THE LIVE AUDIENCE IS STILL BEING
REWRITTEN BY WRITERS
IN THE CONTROL ROOM. THE PROCESS TO MAKE
EVERY LINE AS FUNNY
AS POSSIBLE NEVER STOPS. BUT AFTER A WEEK’S WORTH
OF REHEARSALS, INPUT FROM THE NETWORK,
THE STUDIO, AND 22 AVERAGE PEOPLE, IT WAS THIS SERIOUS
SCENE… ALL I NEEDS FOR YOU TO BE ATTENTIVE
AND COMFORT ME. WHY IS THAT
SO HARD? I EL SO USELESS
WHEN YOU’RE SICK. WHEN SOMETHING’S
BROKEN, LIKE TO TAKE IT
APART AND FIX IT, BUT I CAN’T
DO THAT WITH YOU. THAT WOUND UP GETTING
THE BIGGEST LAUGH
YOU NEVER SAW. I LIKE TAKING
THINGS APART
AND FIXING YOU. I LIKE FIXING THINGS,
TAKING THINGS APART, AND I CAN’T DO THAT
WITH YOU, FIX YOU
AND TA-HA HA. ALL I WANT
IS FOR YOU TO BE
ATTENTIVE– [AUDIENCE TITTERS] SHUT UP!
I’M TRYING
TO WK HERE AHH! WHEN SOMETHING’S
WRONG WITH YOU,
I FEEL USELESS. YOU KNOW,
‘CAUSE I’D LIKE– [TITTERING] [SOBBING] AL I WANT
IS FOR YOU TO BE
ATTENTIVE AND COMFORT ME. WHY IS THAT SO– IT’S 11:30,
AND WE’VE BEEN INVITED BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS TO JOIN THE CAST AND CREW
AT THEIR PRIVATE WRAP PARTY, SOMETHING THEY DO
AFTER EVERY SHOW. EVERYONE ON THE STAFF, FROM THE SECRETARIES
TO THE STARS COME TO CELEBRATE
THE COMPLETION OF
ANOTHER EPISODE. THANK YOU FOR
LETTING US GO
BEHIND YOUR CLOSED DOOR. YOU NEVER REALLY
GOTO THE MEETING WHERE
A LOT OF YELLING
WAS GOING ON. BUT WE STOOD
OUTSIDE– IT’S NOT LIKE
THE SUBMARINE.STILL AHEAD,
120 MEN LIVING IN A SPACETHE SIZE OF
A THREE-BEDROOM HOUSE.JOANXPERIENCES
LIFE ON BOARD
A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE.AND FROM SPY LABS
TO A WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING,THE SECRET WORLD
OF THE CIA,BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

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