Happy Birthday and Cheers to Shelley Long!
Still the very best of the best!
Just another home for my deep and abiding love for Sam and Diane and Cheers.
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Warning: There are Cheers spoilers a-plenty below. If you're watching for the first time and wish to remain untainted, this ain't the blog for you.
Click here for my work-in-progress Sam and Diane episode guide.
From writer Ken Levine’s blog, which you really should read and follow. Ken is Cheers truth.
So anyway, the Sam/Diane ending sucked, but not because there was any bad blood. :) Thank you, Ken!!!
"Well, last I saw, you and Diane were here alone. D’ja give her a goodbye boink?"
— Carla Tortelli, Cheers, Cheerio, Cheers
"He invented the word boink. Which came from Sam and Diane were boinking, and they were looking for a euphemism for that, and David thought of the word boink. It has since entered the lexicon, which actually, I spoke about that at his memorial service, as part of his legacy."
— Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers writer/producer David Lee, in which Lee discusses Cheers writer/producer David Angell, July 9, 2010.
"I think Shelley, in those early years— well actually, her whole stay on the show— I’d be hard-pressed to think of a more gifted comedic actress on television. She rode a thin line between caricature and a real person, and rode it perfectly. I never believed that she wasn’t that character… that she was just playing a part. I believed that that was an actual human being there. And man, she could wring a joke out of a straight line. She could get a laugh out of a glance. She was a joy to work with. And smart. Smart.”
— Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers writer/producer David Lee, July 9, 2010.