Crew members for NBC’S “Three Wishes,” shown reflected in the window of the Main Street Crafters Mall, set up a tent Wednesday around the 300 block of Main Street in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Rick White: CNJ managing editor
Sometime this fall, when the credits are listed for NBC’s new show “Three Wishes,” Mike Hazan’s name will flash across the screen TV for a millisecond.
“If you blink, you’ll definitely miss it,” said the boyish-looking Hazan on Wednesday, an NBC TV production ID hanging from his neck as he supervised the construction of a “wish tent” on Main Street. “It’s a good thing they have TiVo now and you can replay it because that’s the only way you can see it.”
As event producer, the 26-year-old Los Angeles native is on the forefront of a TV production army marching into Clovis this week to shoot an episode for the one-hour reality show that grants wishes to individuals and communities.
Grammy-award winning singer Amy Grant is the host of the show.
Hazan has been busy putting together show logistics since he arrived in town Monday.
“The nature of the show starts to form and mold itself when we start to meet the people in town,” said Hazan, who has moved quickly up the ranks behind his work on the series “Average Joe.”
“I really love my job on this show,” said Hazan, who aspires to be a sitcom writer. “The best part about my job is getting to meet the people, shake their hand, and hopefully add something to their lives.”
While seeing his name flash across the screen is nice — although the novelty is wearing off — Hazan said it’s the opportunity to be part of a creative effort and helping people that is satisfying.
Plus the pay’s not bad, he said.
Executive producer Andrew Glassman said it’s people such as Hazan and the research team who visited the area in June that make the show work.
“They try to go out and meet as many people as possible,” said Glassman, who produced the “Average Joe” series. “They’re the ones that give us an idea of what the community and the people are like.”
Glassman said it was easy to tell from the film the crew brought back to Los Angeles that Clovis had a lot of potential for a show.
“Our show is about real people,” said Glassman, whose first job out of college was with an Albuquerque TV station.
“You can see the honesty in people’s eyes and the warmth and enthusiasm they have for the place they live.”
With the production sites secured and some background footage shot, the real challenge starts today, Glassman said.
“We won’t know what’s going to happen until the wishes start to come in,” the 38-year-old Philadelphia native said. “With a reality show we’re never sure where it’s going to take us.”