John Pascarella graciously accepts congratulations on his promotion to co-executive producer of the venerable daytime talk show Maury.
He says the secret to a good show are guests people can relate to. He knows the show has to have something special to stop people in their tracks, especially now with the popularity of the Internet and social media.
"I think Maury has been so successful for so long because the stories reflect what's going on in pop culture, in people's everyday lives right now," Pascarella says. "Everywhere you look, you're seeing cheating scandals, even in Hollywood. We've done cheating shows for years on Maury, and it's like the non-celebrity version of what's going on in the world. Paternity issues are obviously big, too. These are real topics people can relate to."
"I started at The Sally Jesse Raphael Show as an intern while I was at Monmouth College.
"I was born in Teaneck, raised in Leonia and I now reside in Edgewater.
"My favorite pizza is from Brooklyn Pizza in Edgewater. It's excellent, authentic Brooklyn-style brick-oven pizza.
"I go to the movies at Garden State Plaza, and the shopping is really great, too.
"I love Mangia, which is also in Edgewater.
"I can be found at The Shops at Riverside practically every Saturday morning between 10 and noon."