Michael Douglas returns to TV.
How does it feel returning to TV?
There’s never been a time where it’s easier to go from movies to television and television to movies without any stigma attached. The part was fabulous and I knew that anything made for streaming now will be seen by far more people than any of the small films I’ve made lately that would play in a movie theatre for a week and go to DVD.
Why did you want to make a comedy series?
My whole family watches The Big Bang Theory every week and Chuck Lorre is responsible for so much great comedy writing on television. I read the pilot and it was as good as any feature film and I don’t get a chance to do much comedy but I love it. So it was a wonderful opportunity.
What surprised you, coming back to TV?
I forgot about the intensity, but the pace is a challenge that I’m enjoying and the work gets me excited. I do feel the stamina muscles that I felt back in The Streets Of San Francisco, which was a one-hour series shot on location in seven days for eight and a half months straight. That really defined my tenacity
In 1972, Michael Douglas (left) made his TV debut as Karl Malden’s sidekick in the police series The Streets Of San Francisco.Forty six years later, the Academy Award-winning star of films such as Wall Street, Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction returns to his TV roots in the Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method, playing Sandy Kominsky, an acting teacher. Jenny Cooney Carrillo reports.