On my facebook homepage the last several weeks I noticed a few posts advertising a new pilot for a TV show to air this Friday night. It’s Mockingbird Lane – a re-imagining of the 1960’s blue-collar monster show, The Munsters.
I don’t watch much TV, so the only reason I looked twice at the posts was because of who was posting. He’s an old friend who usually makes terrifically sarcastic comments, someone I’d last seen in Ann Arbor years ago, and who I had heard was working in Hollywood now.
One of his comments beneath a Mockingbird Lane post said something like, “Hey, watch this show so I can feed my kids. I mean, my step-kids. Okay, there are no kids. Watch the show so I can buy watercraft.” A click or two taught me that my old friend, Michael Wylie, is an Emmy Award winning Production Designer. I’m embarrassed to admit this. I knew Emmy meant gorgeous dresses and famous people, but I had no idea what a Production Designer was.
A couple more clicks and I got the idea that Michael, who goes by Wylie, is doing some really interesting creative work. Since we used to hang out together in downtown Flint at the Copa nightclub, and in Ann Arbor as college kids back in the late 80’s, I figured, why not message Wylie to see if he’d be interested in doing an interview. Within minutes he replied, “Hey Shap. Sounds fun.”
That’s really all it took to get into Hollywood.