Words From Mel

What a Week!

What a Week!

What a week it was! They flew the entire cast of THIRTYSOMETHING to New York City last weekend to appear on our first reunion after like a whole heck of a lot of years (you do the math, we went off the air in ’91) ... to plug the DVD release of season one of thirtysomething being put out by the Shout Factory on that day, August 25.

And there we were waking up at three am California time to go to the ABC studios at Times Square to appear on Good Morning America. All seven of us, Me, Patricia Wettig, Ken Olin, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield and Peter Horton. We got to meet Diane Sawyer which was a thrill, and look head on face to face with pictures of ourselves in our thirties. So young, so skinny, yet, that trick time does to you when you live a few more years, it doesn’t feel all that long ago. The seven of us had and still do have interestingly enough, great chemistry and friendship, and when we get together it feels somehow like we are in a thirtysomething episode once again.

One of the questions Diane said we would be asked was what we have been up to lately. Well I pondered if I should plug Mayron’s Good Baby on the air. I didn’t want to appear like I am not in the business anymore and have dropped out and doing something else as that is not the case. I am still directing and writing movies and very much with my heart show business… It’s just that doing this baby line with Dad and meeting all the wonderful people that love Good Baby and want to help me with it, and learning an entirely new business i may add, is really cool…
so, uh, i wasn’t quite sure what to do.

But, I did tell everyone in the cast about it while we were waiting to go on, and they remember my parents and were real proud of the effort, particularly on the part of Dad who at 82 is in the lab today (Sunday) trying to get samples of the Body Milk Lotion done for me so I can give them out at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas in mid-September.

So before you know it, there we are on the air, sitting in two rows because there are seven of us, and it comes time to ask us what we are up to.

When they got to me I mentioned that I had just directed two shows for TV and then I paused thinking ... “Should I say it?” and then much to my surprise ... Mel Harris and Patty Wettig jump in, “Tell them about your Baby Cream!” and all six of them start talking at once. I couldn’t get a word in… to say what the new line was called. It was hilarious. Then I kind of yelled over everyone and said it’s called “Mayron’s Good Baby, a Natural and Organic line of Skin Care!” And after that Ken Olin blurts out, really loud, “It’s good for CHAFING!”

Sheesh. But what an amazing thing. To have the entire cast of thirtysomething plugging Good Baby on ABC. I couldn’t have asked for it to get out there a better way.