Part 4: We Are the Champions
The news got even better once the footage was taken back to the production company. Everyone there loved the Beer and Whiskey Brothers. The folks at the production company, women and men, young and old, each said they’d watch our show, and most of them weren’t into beer and whiskey. They just liked the way Don and I acted together, which made us feel pretty good.
They even had a nickname for us over at Discovery, “the Click and Clack of Drink,” a reference to a pair of brothers who host a funny and entertaining show about fixing cars on NPR. They make auto repair interesting, even to people who don’t care about it because of their brotherly banter and authentic sense of humor. We felt like we were in like Flynn and things were looking great.
The casting process had started with about a dozen hosting teams being considered. By the time the footage was edited, Don and I were the clear favorites in the clubhouse. Where the edited talent reels of the other hosts were 2 to 3 minutes longs, ours was 6, because time flew when you watched it. We were entertaining, funny and accidentally informative, which is what we try to do here every day.
To be honest, we were a little surprised by all of this, because all we did was go have fun bumbling around a brewery drinking free beer. We had never done TV before and had no real sense if we were cut out for it. Of course we thought we were, but I also thought I was a great dancer until I saw myself on tape. Now I just stay seated at weddings. Anyway, I guess we did the right thing trying to act natural and just having fun.
So at this point the show concept was on a fast track at Discovery, we nailed the audition, and Discovery, women and children all loved the Beer and Whiskey Brothers. Everything was unfolding perfectly.
All that was left was the green light meeting, where Discovery would put their stamp of approval on the show. Don and I felt it was a question of how many episodes they’d order, not if the show was approved. Or so we thought.
This is where everything went sideways.
Tune in tomorrow for Part 5: Enter Sam Man