Posts Tagged ‘depression’


Joey Pants ON THE SCENE Encore

August 12, 2012

I heard from many people who saw my profile of actor Joe Pantoliano for ON THE SCENE. The feedback was so positive that News 12 New Jersey is replaying the episode August 18th and 19th at 8:30 am, 11:30 am and 4:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Viewers were struck by Pantoliano’s candidness in describing his troubled family life and years of depression and other mental illnesses. And our walk through his neighborhood in Hoboken, New Jersey and seeing him engage with people he’s known for decades is a unique, memorable experience.

This show also includes the  popular segment on the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey which is marking its 50th anniversary season of performances.



New ON THE SCENE This Weekend With Joe Pantoliano

July 13, 2012

Spent the last two days hard at it in and edit suite…with no air conditioning, mind you…putting together this weekend’s new ON THE SCENE. Working with a brilliant editor does help compensate for the suffocating conditions, however.

Tune in to News 12 New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM or 4:30 PM for the show. The first two segments are my interview with actor Joe Pantoliano in which she shows me the neighborhood where he grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, opens up about his battle with depression and talks about “The Sopranos” on which he starred for two seasons. These are raw, honest, compelling pieces with Joe and not to be missed.

We also go backstage and into rehearsals at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey which is celebrating its 50th season of the Bard and works by other classic playwrights.

Watch and let me know what you think.



Midnight Screening: The Joe Pantoliano Interview

July 2, 2012

Joe Pantoliano and John Bathke

I was at work till midnight Friday. Holed up in an edit suite. I was by myself but I felt as if I had company. I was watching the interview I taped with Joe Pantoliano the week before.

Can’t wait for you to see this. This is the most intimate interview I’ve ever done. Joe doesn’t hide his feelings, his compulsions, his family history. You’ll be hearing about his wiseguy stepdad…and by that I mean he was in the mob not a smartass…his mother who’d steal money from her own son,  his descent into mental illness and the battle he’s waging to stay relevant in Hollywood.

And if that’s not enough, he washes his dog. And breaks a few stones with the old Italian men hanging out in the neighborhood in Hoboken, NJ.

This is going to be quite the piece for ON THE SCENE in just  two weeks.

Much more to come about it here on the blog.