In the middle of the shoot for the second episode of the Our Hen House TV show, which my partner, Mariann Sullivan, and I co-host, one of the crew members ran into the studio, where Mariann and I were going over our script, and urgently asked if anyone had a bandaid. He then whispered something to our executive producer, and they hurriedly darted off the set. A minute later, our director said, through the little speaker in my ear, "It's fine, there's not much bleeding. The dog bite barely broke the skin." That's not the kind of thing you want to hear (even if there wasn't much bleeding) when you're preparing for an animal rescue segment. "Tell me the guest already signed the waiver ..." was my response.
Then there was the time that one of our guests didn't show up - just plain old forgot - leaving me and Mariann, and our 15-person crew, wide-eyed and perplexed. A lot of resources go into the production of our show, and as co-producers (as well as hosts), the buck stopped with us. This no-show did not reflect well, and I was as pissed as I was desperate. Then it occurred to me that our Production Assistant (who had just finished bringing me my third black coffee of the day), Danielle Legg, had just started a Change.org petition urging Willie Nelson to cancel his concert at SeaWorld. Willie wound up not only cancelling it, but then went on to speak up about the atrocity of orca captivity on CNN. In short, Danielle's petition worked. So we paged Danielle and told her to get into makeup, because she was going on in our absentee's place. (She was spectacular, by the way.)