The heart of Cheers

THE BEST OTP EVER

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chambersandmalone:


Q: Going back to Cheers— what made it work so well?
Sam Simon: Oh!  Chemistry between Ted Danson and Shelley Long!  Now I’m not saying the show wouldn’t have been a hit, but what made it work so well is that there’s this lightning in a bottle, this je ne sais quoi, there’s this thing called chemistry, and you can’t plan for it, it just hits and those two people had it, and you can’t stop watching it when you get it.  They just had It, and it wasn’t supposed to be the Sam and Diane Show, but Glen and Les Charles and Jimmy Burrows are all really smart, great TV producers and they said ‘Let’s make this show about these two’ … so no question what made that show pop.”

— Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers (also The Simpsons, Taxi) writer/producer Sam Simon, April 13, 2013.
I love that he goes along in the interview rather relaxed and low key, and then he just springs to life on this question, smiling and laughing to himself throughout his response.  Clearly a big fan.

chambersandmalone:

Q: Going back to Cheers— what made it work so well?

Sam Simon: Oh!  Chemistry between Ted Danson and Shelley Long!  Now I’m not saying the show wouldn’t have been a hit, but what made it work so well is that there’s this lightning in a bottle, this je ne sais quoi, there’s this thing called chemistry, and you can’t plan for it, it just hits and those two people had it, and you can’t stop watching it when you get it.  They just had It, and it wasn’t supposed to be the Sam and Diane Show, but Glen and Les Charles and Jimmy Burrows are all really smart, great TV producers and they said ‘Let’s make this show about these two’ … so no question what made that show pop.”

— Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers (also The Simpsons, Taxi) writer/producer Sam Simon, April 13, 2013.

I love that he goes along in the interview rather relaxed and low key, and then he just springs to life on this question, smiling and laughing to himself throughout his response.  Clearly a big fan.