KK: It wasn’t a fight between Heavenly and some other lady?
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DK: Oh, no. No, no, no. We were just innocent bystanders. They showed Heavenly and me, and she had a pretty dramatic reaction to the fight. She was actually really shocked and saddened that it had gotten to that level. My wife has owned up to seven dental practices, and I’ve been sort of her protégé in terms of business because she’s really taught me a lot about how to manage a business. We thought, in addition to having some laughs and doing something we could tell our grandkids about, we would maybe inspire somebody who may be pigeonholed into one career and won’t really get to try anything else. A lot of emergency physicians are super-talented folks and are capable of doing many things.
KK: How long is the filming season?
DK: It’s several months. It can range anywhere from five to seven months. You do an intense filming where you’re filming three to four times a week for about five to six months. Then there are little pickup episodes where they wanted to get a little more information about certain scenes.
KK: How many hours in a day and how many days in a row are they filming?
DK: Usually, you get a couple days off during the week, like Sunday and Monday typically. You end up filming between two and five hours a day.
KK: Damon, you seem like a pretty polished guy. Is there any portion that’s scripted?
DK: Honestly, it’s completely reality. At first, I was very nervous while being filmed, and I don’t really think I was giving a total reality just because I was so aware of the cameras and things going on around me. Then after a while, it becomes second nature because these folks are in your home. After a while, it becomes routine.
KK: How are they always in the right place at the right time?
DK: Well, if you put a couple folks together and they all have strong personalities, you’re going to get a good story. It may be that they filmed for a couple of hours, but you only see about 30 seconds.
KK: Have you ever realized that you said or did something that you just wished you hadn’t?
DK: Oh, yeah. All the time and also on film as well.