Most of the episodes of The Naked Truth--which was definitely a filler show--are on Youtube. I tried watching a couple and it was dire. I did enjoy this interview with Amy Hill, who joined it in the final season, at The AV Club. Sounds like it was a nightmare. ------------- "The other bad experience I had was working on the last season of The Naked Truth with Téa Leoni. She hated the show and wanted to be off the show and, for the whole season, tried every way to be fired. So every episode, rehearsing was hell, and taping was hell. One of the actors actually kicked a writer during the taping and was fired, and I had to do the rest of his lines for the rest of the episode. It was crazy.
My character was a tabloid photographer, and [Princess] Diana was killed before we started shooting, so my character couldn’t be my character anymore. So I’m a tabloid photographer one day, and the next day, they said, “We think your character’s more like a Roseanne Barr character that lives in Beverly Hills.” It was like, “What are you talking about?” It made no sense. Nobody knew what to do with me because my character couldn’t be my character.
AVC: But you were on the show, and so they had to use you somehow.
AH: I had to be there because they had to pay me anyway. Those are my contracts. So they said, “We’ll just keep her there.”
The showrunner would say to me almost every day, “You’re funnier in a lower register.” He wanted me to talk in a deep voice the whole season. I just lost it, probably around episode 20. I said, “Don’t talk to me anymore. I’ll talk however I feel like talking.”
AVC: That also seems like something that they wouldn’t necessarily have told a man.
AH: That character was actually supposed to be a guy, but they cast me. At the network audition, it was me and LL Cool J, I think, and we were both up for that part, but it was written as “a Danny DeVito type.” So they said, “Let’s bring Amy Hill in.”
AVC: That makes no sense.
AH: I obviously look nothing like Danny DeVito.
AVC: Neither does LL Cool J.
AH: No. But I made a lot of money, so it’s okay. -------------------------- (For those who haven't heard that story, the writer who was kicked was Matthew Weiner, of future Mad Men fame.)