Some of you may have heard of our disastrous attempt at producing our first TV series. On paper, it looked pretty good. We were going to update that classic detective show, "Peter Gunn." We figured it couldn't miss! After all, it had a sexy private eye, film noir elements, a jazzy background score (literally)... We figured the viewing audience would love it! So we got the green light from one of the networks, and went ahead casting the pivotal role of our lead character.
Unfortunately, virtually every A-List actor refused us at this early point in our careers, long before we found the fame and success we now enjoy, except for a "certain actor" (whom we're not going to name here) who said he could only work two days a week. Then, he kept giving us story ideas to make the title character more "relevant." He said, "Dudes, I really can't get into this guy's brain. What if we give him, like, a drug problem? Then he goes out and fights crime. And can we give him, like, a costume? And call him... 'Gunn-Man,' or something?"
The network, unfortunately, sided with our "star" -- except for the new title, thankfully -- and this is what aired during the second week in September. The show was cancelled before the first commercial break, and we were told we would never work in Hollywood again.
"Or anywhere else, probably," a network exec added.