Tuesday, March 5, 2013
MOONLIGHTING Was Fun
I'm an uncle. My two nephews are in the 9 to 12 age category. One day, while we watched a clip of a certain action movie star on television, I said something that gave them both a case of slackjaw. They looked at me with wide eyes and replied, "Really, Uncle Bobby?" I had said, "Back in the 1980s, Bruce Willis had hair, he starred on a TV series...and he was funny." Those were the days. Before Die Hard movie stardom.
The scripts were smart, surprising and ripe with pop culture references for babyboomers. Willis became the new "It" dude of TV. He was so entertaining to watch. He even came up with a rock music alter ego. As a veejay in the late '80s, I introduced his "Bruno Radolini" music video several times on VH1. One of my favorite Moonlighting episodes was a valentine to the film noir crime classics -- like Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The episode, "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice," switches over to black and white....AND...Hollywood legend Orson Welles made a cameo appearance. I loved the 1940s big band number Cybill Shepherd sang in that episode. It included a hair salute to the former Mrs. Orson Welles -- Rita Hayworth, star of Gilda.
Moonlighting premiered this week in 1985. We got 66 episodes. I remained loyal to Maddie Hayes, David Addison and their secretary, Agnes DiPesto, for all five seasons.