This site is about the tv cop show Nash Bridges, starring Don Johnson, which aired on CBS with 122 episodes in 6 seasons. The series is currently syndicated in many television markets and is available on DVD.
Upcoming "Sacraments" Episode (April 19, 1998)
Cher Lutz was an extra in an upcoming episode slated to air in May as the
season closer. Cher gives us some details:
"Sacraments"... filmed Monday 3/23/98 in a club on Folsom in San
Francisco... The setting was in a Mosh Pit. I was a Mosh Thrasher... the
show will be kind of based on the movie "Natural Born Killers"... Nash is
trying to track down this couple who have been on a killing spree... They
end up in this Thrasher night club where they arrest the girl, but the guy
It was pretty cool... Don and Cheech came in and did their shoot for about
20 min. but it was really great to meet both of them... I was one of about
100 extras for this show. We all were dressed kind of trashy, grungy look,
some were very Gothic. It was a blast.
Thanks Cher - "Sacraments" is tentatively scheduled to air May 15 - check
your local listings on that week.
Lemon the Snake To Appear In NASH (April 11, 1998)
Lemon, an unusual, to say the least, albino Burmese python is going to be in
a future episode as a drug smuggler. Lemon was supposed to end up on
Cheech's head and shoulders. A stunt man with a fear of snakes chickened
out, so a sporting Cheech did it himself!
This giant white snake appeared in the vampire movie FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN
draped over lovely Salma Hayek's shoulders (she was a vampire/stripper),
was a guest star in the TV series SLIDERS, and was also featured in a Three
Thanks to animal trainer Vince Lamarche of Brocketts Film Fauna for the
(: Lemon the Snake appeared in the teaser sequence of Danger Zone,
Episode #51, right in the first few minutes of the episode, as the snake is
brought out for Joe to examine, though Joe doesn't exactly handle the snake.
Everybody appears to be reluctant to even be near the snake, especially
Needless Destruction of Vintage Cars (April 11, 1998)
We've received an unexpected deluge of e-mail bemoaning the destruction of
the yellow-green Barracuda in the episode "Cuda Gráce." Here's a typical
example from an outraged 'Cuda aficionado identifying himself as
"Trailpimp." The e-mail was entitled "You bastards!!":
How the hell do they get away with smashing and shooting up so many vintage
MOPARS? And who the hell is responsible for these actions!!!
In the episode "Cuda Gráce," we get to see a similar year hard top 'Cuda
shorn off at the top from sliding underneath a truck, then its front end
smashed into another car.
It is indeed a waste, more so because the introduction of the second 'Cuda
wasn't particularly important to the story. We do find out the potential
value of Nash's 'Cuda when the rich kid offers to buy the Nashmobile for
$400,000, but nothing more is learned about the 'Cudas. The 'Cuda cars
weren't integral to the story - it could have been any old type of junker
car. The 'Cuda duel at the end of the episode was a real let down.
It's more than probable that the smashed up 'Cuda was a copy of some sort
(usually made of modern fiberglass "smashable" parts) made specifically to
be trashed. Everything is stripped down and original parts are taken off.
Let's hope so MOPAR fans.....
We've personally seen two copies of the yellow 'Cuda on a flatbed truck on
location. There are confirmed reports that there are four copies of the
yellow 'Cuda. We have received an unconfirmed report that there are seven
copies of the yellow 'Cuda all parked in a row at the Treasure Island
warehouse where the 'Cudas are kept. The NB production is going to need that
many if they continue to smash up these beautiful, vintage cars.
Let us know what you think, and maybe something can be done to save the
needless destruction of these cars. For more on vintage cars, check out the
episode "Road Work." Also see our FAQ on the 'Cuda.
From Scott Ostler's column in the SF Chronicle of April 7th, he reveals an
inside look at the social world of Don Johnson. According to Ostler, Don
hangs out in "big society circles" with people of wealth and industry.
About a half year ago, Don broke up with 19 year old Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (she
plays his daughter Cassidy on NASH BRIDGES). The 47 year old Don then began
wooing Kelley Phleger, described as in her late twenties, never married and
"is a stable, sensible, attractive, thin woman who is from a privileged San
Francisco family and knows nothing about what Hollywood is about."
Ostler reveals that Don may have torn Phleger away from her serious
relationship with SF politician Gavin Newsom whom Phleger was set to marry.
Newsom and Phleger bought a house together, but about six month ago, broke
up. Now it appears that Don may marry Phleger, though no official
announcements have been made.
So You Wanna Be On NASH BRIDGES? (April 11, 1998)
Weekly we receive e-mail from people interested in being
extras or acting in NASH BRIDGES. There was an excellent article on life on
the set of NASH BRIDGES and on the actor's employment situation in the SF
area in the March 8 "Datebook" section of the SF Chronicle.
In a nutshell - the jobs are extremely tight. In the last six months, 123
local actors were on NB as "day players" (actors having at least one line
and therefore qualify for minimum union wage of $559 plus breakfast and
lunch). There's a lot of waiting around with no place to sit, but the food
served is real good (they often served steak, lobster, shrimp etc.)
Major roles are usually cast in Los Angeles, but the smaller roles are cast
here. You have to run the gauntlet of audition and numerous callbacks. The
decisions are made by the casting director and the particular director of
the episode. Needless to say, you must come prepared and be professional
(photo, résumé, and know your lines).
If you don't have a speaking part, as a general extra the pay is $86. If you
are a special-ability extra (such as a tennis player or someone eating in
the background) the pay is $96. The NB interior sets are located on the
Treasure Island facility inside the aircraft hangars. Exteriors can be
anywhere in the Bay area.
We've always admired actors for their commitment to their craft. It's
difficult to make a living in television alone, and many are involved in
theater, commercials, and industrial video. Salary ranges are realistically
between $25,000 to $30,000 a year. If anything we've described is discouraging
you from acting, then you aren't for real and you don't love acting enough.
Don Badmouthed By Local Sportscaster (April 11, 1998)
From Jerry Carroll's SF Chronicle column of April 1st comes the report that
sportscaster Ralph Barbieri badmouthed Don Johnson on a radio morning show.
Barbieri noted that Don shows the worst Hollywood traits, such as having a
flunky there on set just to hold his coat. But Carroll excused such
behavior, noting that the NB production "pumps $30 mil or so a year into the
local economy, enough to justify some ego-tripping wouldn't you say?"