Ed Burns and Entertainment Tonight go back a long way! Before his breakthrough with indie hit The McMullen brothersBurns had a job as a production assistant with the entertainment news series as he worked to bring his passion project to life.
ET’s Rachel Smith recently spoke with Burns about her new project, the TV series. Bridge and Tunnel – who is writing, directing and producing, and looked back at his time on the show more than 25 years ago.
“I think from ’90 to ’94, my job was to bring the whole team to interview almost every celebrity that passed through New York,” Burns reflects.
In 1995, Burn’s debut project The McMullen brothers – which he wrote, directed and starred in – debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and ET joined the journey to support the burgeoning filmmaker at the acclaimed festival.
“I’m a little nervous!” Burns admitted to ET in 1995. “Two weeks ago I was nothing and now all of a sudden I’m a hot filmmaker, so go figure.”
It turns out that it was working on Entertainment Tonight that Burns managed to get the attention of Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford.
Redford sat down with ET in 1994 on a trip promoting his drama. Television contest, and Burns made sure he didn’t miss his shot.
“We were interviewing him and I decided to take a VHS copy of my movie with me to that interview,” Burns recalled of the fortuitous day. “The interview ended and I cut Redford in the elevator and gave him the tape and he and the team saw it and accepted us at the Sundance Film Festival.”
Regarding your new project, Bridge and Tunnel, The ’80s drama series follows a group of college graduates who pursue their big-city dreams in New York, away from their Long Island families.
Burns and his wife, Christy Turlington, are the parents of two teenagers, their 17-year-old daughter Grace and 14-year-old son Finn, and college is not too far away for them either.
“It’s funny when I was writing those scenes, I wasn’t thinking about that,” Burns said. “[But] that is clearly something that is happening to me. “
Bridge and Tunnel debuts on January 24 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on EPIX.