Cybill Shepherd Interview


Here’s a cute little 2008 feature and interview with the always-fun Cybill Shepherd on the eve of a DVD release of a bunch of episodes from her award-winning sitcom Cybill:

Cybill, the funny-as-hell sitcom about a fading actress forced to take on character roles if she wants to keep on acting, aired for four seasons on CBS from 1995 to 1998. Long in demand to be issued on DVD, the series is just now making its way to the new release shelf. Cybill: The Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 (First Look), features ten of the series’ most popular episodes, including “The Last Temptation of Cybill,” “Educating Zoey,” “Bringing Home the Bacon,” “Show Me the Minnie,” and “Ka-Boom.”

So, what took Cybill so long?

I kept bugging [producers] Carsey-Werner but it wasn’t going to happen—it had to do with the original deal made for the show between the network, CBS, and the production company,” says Cybill star Cybill Shepherd. “I was going to try to put it out myself, but, of course, they wouldn’t let me do that.”

Cybill Shepherd and Christine Baranski in Cybill.

Cybill Shepherd and Christine Baranski in Cybill.

Ms. Shepherd admits to be “disappointed” that the show isn’t being issued in its entirety one season at a time (at least, at this point), or that there aren’t any newly-produced commentaries or featurettes in the collection, but she’s still ecstatic that the show is finally being digitalized.

“I wanted to do anything I could to get it done,” she told me. “I found myself becoming very emotional while watching them recently. The process of re-discovery is a very emotional experience. I broke down into tears, at times.”

According to Ms. Shepherd, the selection process in choosing which installments to include was a fairly democratic one.

“Well, they gave me their list and I gave them mine and we managed to compromise,” Cybill told me. “Valentine’s Day,” one of my favorites episodes, was one that I insisted upon. And it’s included!

Editor’s Note: The complete series still has not  been released in any home entertainment format in the U.S.!


About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.