We had such high hopes.
10.08.2011 - 11.08.2011 78 °F
We rushed to get to LA because we had so many plans and such momentum coming in; big-ish people had agreed to meet with us, we had contacts at some of the major networks and among people at the Wheel of Fortune. We were flying high. And seemingly flying in New Vanna – man can that engine pull!
Then, literally as we were driving into the LA basin, things fell apart. People who were enthusiastic about the project suddenly had family emergencies and others who would talk with us for 45 minutes on the phone were too busy to meet with us on camera for ten.
We made call after call, sent email after email, followed up, went through channels, and drove around and around in crappy traffic – thank god for cool seats and double sunroofs. It become clear to TLS crew members that things were just not going to work out, no matter how much we worked at it. Which is terribly frustrating for people who don’t like to take no or give up.
So we did what we could do.
On Day 10, we went to the Paley Center for Media and watched some old Wheel of Fortune episodes from 1976 and 1978. Chuck was looking so handsome, and Susan, less so. But! We learned an important fact: WoF winners were invited back to the show, much like on Jeopardy today.
On one episode the winner was playing her 3rd game. So what do we take from that, dear readers? Shauna would have been on the show more than one day. Ups the chances of it a) being a big deal to her and her bragging to her friends about it and b) that she will be on some tape somewhere.
Then we went to USC, trying to find someone to talk to at the film school. No dice. We made a bunch more calls to private investigators and sent emails to former winners. No luck.
On Day 11, we rose early to go on a Sony studio tour. We got to see the set of WoF and Jeopardy, some huge sound stages, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Townsend_(actor) (< ERROR: the link title is too long!), and the Ghostbuster mobile.
After a deeelish In n’ Out burger lunch, we went over to Universal for a tour of its huge sets, thanks to TLS fan and supporter, Jason Coffey. Tourists on the studio tour tram kept snapping pics of us like we were some celebrities ourselves in our Desperate Housewives golf cart. We saw the sets of Back to the Future, War of the Worlds, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Psycho - complete with a creepy Norman Bates stand-in.
We also met up with TLS fans on the 16th floor roofdeck of Perch in LA. Thanks to all those who came out to support us! Thanks, too, the Gap and its Pico de Gap truck for providing two tacos made by Marcel Vigneron (from Top Chef!) and a drink for $1.69. Thanks to the lobster rollers and dosa wrappers and last, but not least, the bacon-wrapped hotdog makers for providing such delicious fare.
Heading home soon. It’s been real, LA!