Several weeks ago, I was contacted by an ABC-TV producer named Sunny(!) for the network’s long-running news show “20/20.” She had eyed me in a segment on lip-syncing for Moscow-based news channel RT’s “The Truthseeker,” which I interviewed for in November 2013, via Skype. After a lengthy pre-interview
(so that Sunny could vet if I knew what the hell I was talking about), she returned to me several days later to invite me to appear as a talking head on the show. However, there was a caveat: Where can we do this?
She asked if I might be willing to fly to New York or Los Angeles to film the interview. Ironic, eh? As much as I wanted to be included in the show, I fussed that with contractors in my home pretty much every day—and doggies to find care for—it would be difficult. “Could you possibly send a crew to my home in Norfolk, Va.?”
After a couple weeks of back and forth, the good news came: ABC was willing to fly down the segment’s producer, Joe Rhee, and have a camera/lighting crew drive down from D.C. Score!
On Tuesday, May 27, all arrived at 11 a.m., scoped out the house and decided to film in the living room, using the grand piano as a backdrop. The interview lasted a good hour… and I enjoyed immensely. Hopefully, I delivered a couple money quotes that will actually appear in the episode. The show’s overall theme is “faking it,” including a segment on job candidates that lie on their resumes. The finale is supposed to be the lip-syncing topic.
Tentative air date is Friday, June 13. ABC-TV’s “20/20” at 10 p.m. Below is the RT “Truthseekers” news segment I appeared on in November. The show has a global audience of 630 million viewers. (I appear around the 8-minute mark.)