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Tinseltown
Air Date November 2, 2007
Written by Brian Henson, Bill Barretta and Del Shores
Director Brian Henson and Bill Barretta
Bobby Vegan and Samson Knight.
Bobby and Samson's house.

Tinseltown is a television series produced by the Jim Henson Company for the Logo network.

The 15-minute pilot episode of the show debuted on Logo on Friday, November 2, 2007 as part of the Alien Boot Camp program block. Additionally, the entire pilot is currently viewable on Logo's website.

The show follows the lives of a gay couple as they try to balance their work, their relationship, their family and their lives in Hollywood. The series, a mock-reality show, showcases the life of fading Hollywood star Bobby Vegan who is an outspoken and struggling entertainer (and a pig). Bobby's life-partner, soul mate and manager is Samson Knight (a bull). The two puppets have a 13-year-old human foster son named Foster.

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Production

The Henson Company started shopping the project around to networks in 2006 after producing a five-minute presentation tape for the project. [1] The sample of this pitch tape was shown at the 2007 Comic-Con International. Brian Henson and Bill Barretta are serving as the lead producers, writers, directors and stars of the series.

Along with Henson and Barretta, Del Shores is attached as a producer and writer for the show; and Eric Poticha is serving as a co-producer as well. The human cast of the pilot includes Paul Butcher (as Foster), Mia Sara (as Lena) and Francesco Quinn (as Arturo).

According to casting director G. Charles Wright, Logo did not pick up the pilot presentation for any more episodes.[2]

Pilot

The cold open of the episode opens with Samson and Bobby enjoying a romp under the sheets. Samson says he has to get up, but Bobby begs him to go one more time and the show cuts to the opening title.

Samson has lined up an exciting audition up for Bobby. On the way to the audition Lena helps read lines with Bobby in the limo. Samson calls to check-in with Bobby – making sure they are running lines and are on their way to the audition. However Bobby isn’t interested in working, so he tells Arturo to "turn this bus around" because he wants to go shopping.

In a lavish musical montage Bobby, Lena and Arturo hit the town to shop 'til they drop. Their day is filled with shopping, trying on clothing, getting their hair done, flirting with guys, looking at jewelry and plenty of drinking.

The trio returns to Bobby and Samson's house where Samson is preparing dinner. Lena is smashed so Bobby tells Arturo to take her home. Bobby inquires as to what Samson is preparing. The menu includes snap peas, duck – two foods that Samson knows Bobby can’t stand. Bobby detects that Samson is upset, and soon Samson asks how the audition went. Bobby lies about going and being brilliant, but Bobby soon realizes that Samson already knew Bobby blew it off.

Foster enters the kitchen, grabs a beverage from the fridge and leaves. Samson realizes that Foster just grabbed a beer and is concerned as Foster is only 13, but Bobby brushes it off, saying, "Oh it’s a light beer". The couple continues to fight about the missed audition. Samson is upset Bobby continues to blow the auditions off; Bobby is upset Samson keeps lining up minor roles. Bobby says he doesn’t want to keep doing auditions for pointless pilots – he wants a substantial role in a network show. That’s when Samson reveals he has lined an audition up for "The Lisa Kudrow Show" which excites Bobby and the couple ends their feud. They excitedly dance around the kitchen until Bobby, still slightly intoxicated, wipes out across the floor.

Later that night Samson is in bed reading while Bobby is in the other room, trying to figure out what to wear to the big audition. Samson tells him not to worry about it, as whatever he chooses will be fine. Bobby then tells Samson that he has a surprise, and to close his eyes. Bobby enters the room dressed in some newly purchased "leather daddy" apparel. Bobby says he wants to show Samson, who is stunned and a little excited by the sight, some appreciation. The episode concludes as Bobby pounces on his lover.

Characters

Bobby Vegan

Bobby Vegan is a homosexual pig, an outspoken and struggling entertainer living in Hollywood with his life-partner, soul mate and manager, Samson Knight and their foster-son named Foster.

Bobby is an entertainer probably best known for his role in the 1980s sitcom "The Other White Meat". However in recent years his public image as a celebrity has faded and Bobby has become somewhat of a "has-been" (this is an issue Bobby is very sensitive about). In 2007, in an attempt to revitalize Bobby's image, Samson Knight struck a deal that would allow a camera crew to enter their home and document their day-to-day lives with a reality show. Like The Osbournes, Nick & Jessica, Hogan Knows Best and My Life on the D-List, the reality series follows the very candid and personal day-to-day life of Bobby, his family, his friends, and his career's revitalization.

Bobby is in a committed and loving relationship with Samson Knight, a bull who also serves as his manager. The couple has foster-son named Foster.

Bobby and Samson meet circa 1990 when Bobby was a guest on a radio program Samson was hosting. Bobby and Samson hit it off at once – Samson immediately wanted to manage Bobby, but as Bobby tells it, Samson also just wanted to fuck. The committed couple expanded their family several years later when they brought Foster into their home; Bobby chose to name him Foster in order to always remember where he came from.[3]

Bobby's best girlfriend is Lena, who is Samson's ex-wife from the days before he realized he was, as Bobby put it, "swinging the wrong way". [3]

Bobby enjoys a few cocktails now and again and occasionally "self-medicates" with Vicodin. When asked about the rumors of a chemical dependency problem Bobby replied, "It's a rumor? I can just tell I have one, it's not a secret." [3] Bobby admits to being "smashed" 17 out of 24 hours a day; however to avoid drinking and driving, Samson insists that Bobby uses a driver and as such the actor employs Arturo as his personal driver.

Samson Knight

Samson Knight, a homosexual bull, is the manager and life-partner of Bobby Vegan.

Samson was married to Lena before he realized he was, as Bobby put it, "swinging the wrong way". [3]

Now Samson Knight is in a committed and loving relationship with the celebrity Bobby Vegan, whom he also manages. Samson and Bobby met circa 1990, when Bobby appeared as a guest on a radio program Samson was hosting. Bobby and Samson hit it off at once and have been together ever since.

Lena

Bobby and Lena

Lena is Samson's ex-wife, and a close personal friend of Bobby.

Foster

Foster is the 13-year-old human foster-son of Bobby and Samson. Bobby decided to name him Foster in order to always remember where he came from. [3]

Arturo

Arturo is Bobby's limo driver and "man servant". He is a Hungarian immigrant of Italian decent.

Intro text

When each major character first appears in the series the camera freezes and brief introductory text appears on screen with a computer-typing effect (complete with sound effect). The text briefly describes the character, giving the character's first name along with 3 key bullet points.

Bobby
  • '80s sitcom star.
  • Hasn't worked out in 3 years.
  • Fresh out of rehab.
Arturo
  • Hungarian immigrant of Italian decent.
  • Man servant.
  • Bitter.
Samson
  • Bobby's co-dependent manger and life-partner.
  • Suffers from chronic anxiety.
  • Anal retentive.
Foster
  • Bobby and Samson's foster son, Foster.
  • Online stock analysis for JP Morgan.
  • Got a "D" in math.
Lena
  • Bobby's best friend.
  • Samson’s ex-wife.
  • Sex addict.

Cast

Bill Barretta: Bobby Vegan
Brian Henson: Samson Knight
Mia Sara: Lena
Paul Butcher: Foster
Francesco Quinn: Arturo
Michelan Sisti: assistant puppeteer (Bobby Vegan)
Drew Massey: assistant puppeteer (Samson Knight)

Crew

Bobby and Samson in the pilot
Executive Produced by: Brian Henson, Bill Barretta, Del Shores
Co-Produced by: Eric Poticha
Produced by: Chris Plourde
Written by: Brian Henson, Bill Barretta and Del Shores
Directed by: Brian Henson and Bill Barretta
Music composed by: Jeff Sudakin
Characters designed by: Gene Barretta
Puppet Wrangler: Scott Johnson
Puppet Supervisor: Jane Gootnick
Puppet Builders: John Criswell, Jane Gootnick, Paul Hartis, Scott Johnson, Marian Keating, Michael Oosterom, Julie Zobel

Notes

  • The song that plays during the shopping montage is "Bring It On" by Debby Holiday.

Sources

  1. Wallenstein, Andrew. "Jokes That Kermit Wouldn’t Dare Tell", The New York Times. November 12, 2006
  2. Hot in Hollywood- Casting Apersions: So Gay
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Jim Henson Company Podcast. Episode 17. October 26, 2007.

External links

  • Henson.com - About Tinseltown
  • Watch the pilot on AlienBootCamp.com

This article uses material from the "Tinseltown" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From Lostpedia

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Arturo is a character in "Meet Kevin Johnson". He is seen with Tom in his penthouse hotel suite in New York when Michael goes there to find Tom, in Michael's flashback to the time during season 3. Tom asks Arturo to give them some privacy, and after kissing Tom tenderly on the cheek, Arturo leaves the room.

Trivia

  • To date, he and Tom are the only known gay characters to appear on the show. Hurley's sister-in-law Lisa Reyes was presumably bisexual.
  • Arturo is the fourth character of presumably Italian origin to appear on Lost, after Angelo Busoni, Gabriela Busoni and Peter Avellino.

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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

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Arturo
Biographical information
Homeworld

Orocco

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

White

Eye color

Black

Skin color

Tan

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rebellion era

Affiliation

Galactic Empire

Arturo was a Human male King of the planet Orocco during the Galactic Civil War. In 2 ABY, his daughter Mi was kidnapped by a small band of criminals led by Grintlok, who demanded ransom in exchange for her release. Unfortunately, at the same time Emperor Palpatine seized control of Orocco, and all Arturo's wealth was gone overnight. Having no way to repay the debt, he turned to a criminal mastermind Raze, who considered Arturo to be his friend, or at least pretended to. Raze sent a bounty hunter Dust, who tracked the kidnappers to the planet of Cataalda. Raze and Arturo arrived at the planet only to find that a third party - a smuggler Han Solo - had already rescued the princess and was glad to return her to her father. Arturo generously offered Solo Mi's hand in marriage, but Han already had another princess on his hands, so he chose to refuse the offer.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Adventures Volume 2: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom

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