I got to join a few pretty cool blogger moms as they toured Sony Studios earlier this week. We were invited to tour the sets for both The Goldbergs and Dr Ken as well as enjoy a few minutes of questions and answers with some of the cast, crew and others.
The Goldbergs: In the 1980s, geeky Adam uses a video camera to document his family’s crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming.
I was born in the early 70’s, so the 80’s were my pre-teen/teen era. As we walked through The Goldberg set, it was incredibly nostalgic. The details they have on the set was unreal. When we were walking through the rooms with Def Leopard posters on the wall and toys from the 80’s filling the shelves, I felt like Adam could have been my neighbor.
It was cool to hear the creater of the show Adam Goldberg talk about being a father as well. How his experiences with his screaming father and funny videos helped develop him into the person he is today. It was refreshing to hear (especially from someone like Adam), how supportive his parents were. They allowed him to follow his dream of being a writer/movie maker, even when they had no idea how he would make it into a career. We all owe his parents a thank you, and hopefully can follow in the same path, allowing our kids to follow their dreams.
Check out the Halloween episode on Oct 26th – “Stefan King“
We then moved on to the set of Dr Ken.
Dr Ken: Doctor turned actor/comedian Ken Jeong (Community, The Hangover), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at both work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane.
I have been a fan of Ken’s work for a while now (Community is one of my all time favorite show), but was I ever surprised after meeting him. First of all, I had no idea that he was actually a real doctor. The characters he plays made me expect him to be a quirky funny man, was I ever wrong! Ken was so well spoken, hard working dedicated to his art, it was captivating. As he told us about his show Dr Ken, I was very pleasantly surprised how down-to-earth he is. He was explaining his objective of this show, how he wanted to make it as real as possible and a true representative of his culture.
He is also a father of 9 year old twins, which I inquired more about. I was completely blown away by his views on fatherhood, I loved it! Another father that is completely supportive of his kids and what they want to do. He explained a bit about his background, calculus at 16 and graduating high school early. I would expect him to be more of a stern father than he is. He explained his views on the S.A.T.s, how we as a society put some much pressure on tests such as that. How it is not the kind of pressure that we should be having our kids go through at that point in their lives.
He is someone I look up to for these reasons and more. His biggest fatherly advice was to slow down and listen to your kids, something so important that in the rush of our day we often forget to do.
I enjoyed watching this epic Halloween episode “”D.K.’s Korean Ghost Story,”” that will air on Oct. 21, on ABC. I loved the family dynamics on the show. The way they cover simple problems, such as kids growing up too fast, in a subtle natural way. They make this look so easy, when in reality it is a hard thing to accomplish without looking forced.
I never expected this trip to be as amazing as it was. Everyone was so incredibly nice. The fact that Adam and Ken are such amazing men and fathers, it makes it so much easier to be excited about writing about my experience.