Steve & Sharon: Good Company for Emmys

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 12, 2010 - 7:08 PM

Steven Edelman and Sharon Anderson are scheduled to visit Minneapolis for an Emmy party.

The duo, who married while co-hosting KSTP-TV's "Good Company" from 1982-94, are expected to attend a party Wednesday celebrating the Daytime Emmy won by the locally produced "The Relic Hunter with Ian Grant," owner of Bjorling & Grant, a global importing business.

Edelman executive-produced the Travel Channel show along with John Kitchener. Supervising producer Patrick Beedle, editor Jeanine Kaufman and series producer Kara Wayne were also recognized at these awards held in L.A.

In 2009, Kitchener bought Edelman Productions, the enormously successful company with offices in Minneapolis, Atlanta, San Francisco and D.C. "This is the first national Emmy that Steve Edelman has ever won," said Wayne.

That's hard to believe. At any rate, somebody at Hubbard Broadcasting should schedule a training session between Edelman and the producers of "Twin Cities Live," which is clearly striving for and not achieving a "Good Company" level of success.

Edelman was a demanding boss, but that's why "Good Company" was strong for so long. And that's why his successes include "Decorating Cents," "Color Splash," "Curb Appeal," "Real Estate Intervention," and shows on HGTV, Food Network and DIY.

Strestaurant life

Restaurant creator Steve Schussler is in NYC for tonight's Food Network "24 Hour Restaurant Battle" premiere party.

A couple of months ago, Schussler and PR woman Jean Golden were in NYC at Food TV discussing the possibility of a pilot that would capture the craziness at the Golden Valley headquarters of Schussler Creative. Schussler's offices are a reflection of him, which is to say in no way sedate. The setting is visually vibrant, whether or not Schussler's bouncing off the walls.

"They called us and said Would you be willing to be a judge on a new TV show. We need you to be an expert in theme restaurants," said Schussler. "Theme Restaurant" could be the middle name of the guy whose résumé includes Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex, Yak and Yeti, and Galaxy Drive-In.

"In 24 hours they have to do everything: Tables, chairs, paint, come up with the menu, and they have to cook for 100 guests," Schussler said of the show, which debuts July 21. "I judged a group of guys who came up with a concept where you eat with your hands. They had butcher-block paper on the tables and dumped food in the middle of the table. No forks, no spoons, no chopsticks. It was one of the most gross things I've ever seen."

Schussler did something dramatic, which may wind up on the cutting room floor, to illustrate how unappealing this was. Say something positive, Schussler said someone in the control room spoke into his ear piece. "What the hell do you say about greasy, disgusting food on butcher block paper? So I said, 'Well, the colors are interesting.'"

Golden lucked out while talking to the show's celebrity host, chef Scott Conant, about Shussler's book, "It's A Jungle In There," coming out in September. They'd been trying to get a copy of the book to former President Bill Clinton, to see if he would supply a cover blurb. Conant disclosed that one of his restaurants was expecting Clinton that night.

While the show was taping, Schussler wrote a letter to Clinton about the book, which contains funny stories about business successes and failures that he expects will resonate with "the entrepreneurially spirited."

Clinton responded with a nice letter that said no. He probably read right over the chapter about turning a no into a yes. On Monday, Schussler wrote another letter to Clinton that began: ''We don't take no for an answer so well."

The life of Bryant

Viking Bryant McKinnie was on Twitter.com talking about being in a studio with Lil Kim and how she wanted him to "set her up with a real twitter page & get it verified."

This is how his Monday began; it was scheduled to end with him shakin' it at Serena Williams' house party.

From the looks of the twitpix of the Williams invitation that McKinnie posted on his Twitter page, it was leather-bound.

Wonder if the party animal, who probably shakes it like a Kia Soul "hamstar," has proper dance moves and table manners?

Williams' affair should be lighter on the wallets of guests than that Miami Beach party McKinnie threw a couple of months ago.

The guy who pens "Luke's Gospel" on the Miami New Times website wrote: "The other night I was at Club Dream for a party put on by Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie and valet attendants were charging $80 for VIP parking. Two weeks before, I went to Club Dream and the VIP parking was only $20. That sums up the mentality of Miami Beach business owners."

C.J. is at 612.332.TIPS or cj@startribune.com. E-mailers, please state a subject -- "Hello" doesn't count. Attachments are not opened, so don't even try. More of her attitude can be seen on FOX 9 Thursday mornings.

  • NEW JUDGE

    Restaurant creator Steve Schussler (Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex), has a new gig on a restaurant reality show.

    PARTY GUY

    Viking Bryant McKinnie spent the morning with Lil Kim, then off to the Serena Williams house party.

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