As Hollywood Uncorked hits its 80th episode, we celebrate with three of our most epic segments, featuring Survivor’s Jeff Probst, Superstore’s Lauren Ash, and writer/director Conrad Goode (Anger Management, Me Myself & Irene). As we sample three inexpensive bottles of rosé, our guests talk about the lucky breaks, big chances, key relationships, and transformative experiences that launched their careers. Listen as Probst talks about competing for the Survivor gig against The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan, Lauren Ash discusses how she almost gave up on her Hollywood career before it even started, and Goode lets us in on the unparalleled shenanigans of the set of Con Air.
April 25, 2019
As an executive for French animation studio Cyber Group, Ira Singerman deals in two sectors of increasing importance in Hollywood: animation and foreign markets. As he helps the guys on their journey through Champagne by sampling three bottles from the Côte des Blancs region, Ira talks about switching over from the world of live-action production, what kinds of intellectual properties younger audiences gravitate toward, and the animation battle between streaming services and traditional media outlets as they compete to keeps kids gloriously silent at restaurants the world over.
March 27, 2019
April 10, 2019
On their own, Jon Hurwitz and Josh Heald have more-than-impressive track records for launching and furthering well-known film franchises. Heald wrote the comedy classic Hot Tub Time Machine and its hilarious sequel. Meanwhile, Hurwitz (with writing partner Hayden Schlossberg) has written all three Harold & Kumar movies and directed the 2012 installment of the American Pie franchise, American Reunion. Last year, this comedy coalition joined forces to relaunch the original Karate Kid franchise in the form of YouTube Red’s series Cobra Kai, which this time gives the underdog story to original bad guy Johnny Lawrence as he finds himself tormented by a grown and successful Daniel LaRusso. In honor of the All-Valley Tournament from the original Karate Kid, Heald and Hurwitz join this episode to help referee a three-round showdown between big, corporate wines and the plucky upstarts looking to challenge them in their categories. Along the way, they discuss their collegiate bonds, their mutual escapes from the business path, and how drinks sessions with both Ralph Macchio (LaRusso) and Billy Zabka (Lawrence) helped get Cobra Kai off the ground.
March 13, 2019
Glenn Farrington has lived a lot of lives—from street cop to stand-up comedian to successful digital entrepreneur. Of course, the only sensible step after such a seemingly scatalogical career path was to add an even more random title to his professional stable: TV writer. As Glenn helps the guys heartily quaff three bottles of red wine from Italy’s Mount Etna region, he talks about how entering a screenwriting competition got his foot in the door in Hollywood, the importance of staying relentlessly driven, and his transition from the beloved, karate-based family sitcom Kickin’ It to his current position on the staff of the CW’s Roswell, New Mexico.
February 26, 2019
If you’re a studio executive looking to bring some hard-core humor to a female-centric comedy script, there’s a good chance Karen McCullough is at the top of your list of potential writers. After all, she wrote 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, and Legally Blonde (along with its upcoming sequel) alongside her writing partner Kirsten Smith. Meanwhile, her solo work includes the draft that got Girls Trip made—as well as countless other rewrites and feature scripts. As she helps Ben, Tom and guest host Arvind Ethan David mow through three bottles of Reims Champagne, Karen talks about how Legally Blonde 3 began to bubble up over the years, how she began her screenwriting career from New Mexico, and why she has no plans (thank you very much) to follow the writing herd to television.
February 13, 2019
You may recognize actor John Ducey from his countless TV appearances and as the suspiciously young dad of the Jonas Brothers on the Disney TV show that launched them. Or maybe you don’t recognize him from that. Frankly, we don’t know what you’re into. But you should definitely tune into this episode as the guys sit down with John to test whether it’s really better getting that last-minute wine at an actual wine shop instead of the grocery store. While drinking through three stellar but inexpensive bottles of casual dinner wine, John reveals how he went from Harvard engineering grad to actor, the pleasure and pain of being a series regular on the hilarious but short-lived sitcom Bad Judge, and how he took charge of his Hollywood career by jumping into the production side of independent film.
January 29, 2019
Being a screenwriter isn’t for the faint of heart. There are the years of solitary work, the frustrating script notes, rejections—and, even in success, absolutely no guarantee of a long career. The lucky writers, however, have a manager like Bob Sobhani of Authentic Management on their side. In this episode, he and the Hollywood Uncorked panel sample three wines from Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018 and get down to brass tacks on the business of screenwriting—from how new content platforms are affecting the industry, the things no screenwriter should do when trying to break in, and Bob’s front-row seat to the development and sale of the script for American Pie while interning for the movie’s producers.
January 15, 2019
As the young Head of Development for producer Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs and The Mighty Ducks franchises), Lisa Crnic is only a short time removed from the universal Hollywood experience of being an assistant. As the guys follow up their New Year’s Eve Champagne episode with an exploration of bubbly from France’s Marne Valley, Lisa walks us through the transition from assistant to exec—from her terrifying first day as an agency newbie at CAA, what it takes to “work a desk” for an agent, and the logistical mistake she made there that almost ended her career before it began.
December 28, 2018
Hollywood Uncorked closes out 2018 with a bang as the guys crank through four stellar New Year’s Eve champagnes while listening to a slew of epic tales from veteran actor/writer Conrad Goode (Me Myself & Irene, The Longest Yard) about his journey from the NFL to Hollywood. While the panel works up from a Korbel to a 2009 Dom Perignon, Conrad discusses how he and the rest of the cast of Con Air killed time while shooting in the Nevada desert, writing and producing the movie Watercolor Postcards, and some truly choice stories about his ex-teammate Lawrence Taylor.