Andy Cohen's name may not be recognizable to many, but his influence on pop culture is familiar to most. From a young pop culture-obsessed kid to being an executive at a cable network, Cohen's journey has taken many turns. Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture reads like a journal, recording comical moments and touching stories from his youth until today.
Cohen's first love was television, and his childhood devotion to Charlie's Angels and All My Children is evident in his daily letters home to his mother from summer camp. The letters are included in the book, each reminding her to tape his shows so he wouldn't miss an episode. His Mom Evelyn Cohen plays a central role in the book, portrayed as a typical Jewish mother from the Midwest, and one who is continually duped by her son's over-the-top pranks. Cohen also writes of growing up in St. Louis and being a gay teen in the 1980s, a time when society wasn't very accepting of homosexuality.
He focused on journalism and broadcasting in college, hoping to turn his passion into a career, and, in fact, the book begins with him interviewing his childhood heroine Susan Lucci for his college newspaper. After working with several national news programs in his 20s and early 30s, Cohen took a position as an executive at cable network Bravo and helped build the channel into a reality television empire. The book gives his behind-the-scene looks at everyone from Oprah to the women on his real housewives series.
Today, Cohen serves as the Executive Vice President of Development and Talent at Bravo. The network is a subsidiary of NBC Universal. He serves as the host of Bravo's late night talk show Watch What Happens Live. His blog is popular among fans of pop culture, television and media. Most Talkative is his first book.
The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his
lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St.
Louis to his own television show
From a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: he loved
television. Not in the way that most kids do, but in an irrepressible,
all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube kind of way. And climb inside he
did. Now presiding over Bravo’s reality TV empire, he started out as an overly
talkative pop culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie’s Angels and All
My Children and to his mother, who received daily letters from Andy at
summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it’s hard
to believe that everyone didn’t know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in
the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of
his passion for television.
The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol
Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a
hand in creating today’s celebrity icons. In the witty, no-holds-barred style
of his show Watch What Happens Live, Andy tells tales of absurd mishaps
during his ten years at CBS News, hilarious encounters with the heroes and
heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind The Real Housewives.
Dishy, funny, and full of heart, Most Talkative provides a one-of-a-kind
glimpse into the world of television, from a fan who grew up watching the
screen and is now inside it, both making shows and hosting his own. Download and start listening now!