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'The Chair' recap: 'Casting is 90 percent of it'

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Mentionable Is Manageable” | Aired Sept 20, 2014

Well, there will be no dick in Anna’s film, which is the first discussion we witness in the September 20 episode of The Chair.

From there, we move onto Camp Shane and Camp Anna meeting with Pittsburgh-based casting directors. Both seem to have their own difficulties when it comes to casting. Shane may have a hard time casting his more diverse group of characters, and Anna isn’t use to working with a union. Both directors have decided that they will also be acting in their own films, following in the footsteps of Woody Allen, Orson Welles, and, of course, Ben Affleck.

The first taste of drama happens over at Camp Anna. The colorful and entertaining costume designers show up for a meeting with Anna, in which they inform her that they passed on working on Shane’s film so they can work with her—oh, snap! Anna also makes the decision that for the first set of callbacks, she does not want Josh Shader, Corey Moosa, and Chris Moore (who are all acting as producers for both films) to be in the room. This causes a wee bit if a tiff, but we all get over it.

Shane’s casting calls start off well. Shane is planning on playing the lead role. He is able to read with and connect with the actors on a different level than just being the director. Shane’s best quality so far in this competition has been his decisiveness. But things are not all butterflies and rainbows for Camp Shane this week. Shane actually has a real human-like moment, when he shares via video diary that he feels awful having to pick between two actresses for his lead. He doesn’t want to make anyone cry!

CHS1_103_0116_900x506More drama happens for Camp Shane because of the more “raunchy” elements of Shane’s script: “Someone eats their own shit.” Local actors and even the owners of homes Shane was going to use as locations are backing out of the film. Unlike the talent you would find in L.A. or New York, these local Pittsburgh actors have “real jobs” and are worried that being affiliated with his film will cost them their jobs. This is a concept Shane does not fully understand, and it causes a mini-breakdown that he apologizes for later on. Over the course of the episode, Shane does lock in his cast, including his female lead—mazel tov!

Casting is not going to0 smoothly over at Camp Anna either. On the day of the first round of callbacks, Anna is not on her A game, and Phillip steps in to give the auditioning actors some direction. In her video diary, Anna admits she is still becoming comfortable with the fact that she is a director, but would never let her team know that she is still questioning. Anna’s producer Josh Hetzler confronts—that may be a strong word for it—her about the phantom presence her husband, Victor, has on the film. Josh wants to make sure that Anna is making the final decisions. At the end of the episode, Anna has pretty much her whole cast selected, but is still searching for the perfect Scott, her male lead.

CHS1_103_0110.jpgThis episode’s one moment of comic relief comes courtesy of Anna’s brother-in-law and producer, Phillip Quinaz, who has a whole lot of fun trying on costumes. Shout-out to Anna’s right-hand man, Phillip Quinaz, and Shane’s right-hand lady, Lauren Schnipper!

The episode ends with Anna talking about the overall style of the film. She is going for a John Hughes–meets–Alexander Payne vision, whereas it has been stated previously that Shane is going for that classic young-adult comedy in an America Pie style. Jeez, how will we ever be able to pick a winner? Those are two very different styles. You are not making this easy on us, Starz!

The only real competition talk comes from Zachary Quinto, who shines the light on how Shane is more comfortable documenting everything, whereas Anna might have some issues with a camera always being around. No pressure, right?

Until next time, lights, camera, drama!

The Chair airs Saturdays at 11/10C on Starz.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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