Sex, Drugs & Pilot Season: Confessions of a Casting Director (paperback)
Release date: Jan. 24, 2023
Sex, Drugs & Pilot Season: Confessions of a Casting Director
by Joel Thurm
From his humble beginnings growing up on his grandfather's dairy farm in New York, JOEL THURM became one of the most admired, powerful, and accomplished casting directors in Hollywood, Early on, Thurm's instincts proved beyond reproach when he recognized John Travolta as much more than a teen idol, casting him in the TV movie THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE. It was during his years as Vice President of Talent and Casting for both Paramount Television and NBC that he discovered the remarkable Phoenix family, from which River and Joaquin became A-list movie stars. With his insider's knowledge, irreverent style, and biting wit, Thurm tells the stories of his key involvement in such iconic movies and shows as GREASE, AIRPLANE!, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, CHEERS, TAXI, THE LOVE BOAT, FANTASY ISLAND, STARSKY & HUTCH, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, THE GOLDEN GIRLS, KNIGHT RIDER, THE COSBY SHOW, HILL STREET BLUES and many, many more. SEX, DRUGS, AND PILOT SEASON is the ultimate backstage pass to the boardrooms of Manhattan and the executive suites of Hollywood where show-business history was made.
"A true talent at the top of the biz. We are all lucky to know him! And a great guy! It's fun and I love it."
"Thank you for pretty much everything in my life."
"Always grateful for helping to cast me and for all the unsung work he did behind the scenes for GREASE …. Great memories and details I didn't know."
"Actors are naturally nervous around casting directors. Then one comes along who changes your life! Thanks, Joel,"
"Joel is one of the good guys,"
"This book will make you laugh out loud, cry and wonder 'did this really happen?' Joel Thurm was in the eye of the tornado and he is still standing."