Previously named Lights, Camera, Author!, The Junot Files is hosted by Jim Junot and features interviews with authors talking about books they’ve written about celebrities, actors, actresses, Hollywood, and TV. Some of the featured authors are actors or celebrities themselves, including singer/actress Olivia Newton-John.
Because the concept of the show is unusual and highly niched, the name change doesn’t make a whole lot of sense… and while the content is going to be interesting to a certain subset of people, unless there’s a legal or other logical reason why the name was changed, it seems counterproductive after nearly 100 episodes with the name Lights, Camera, Author!
Other issues with the show include a lack of consistency in the show opening—sometimes, there’s music, but not the same music, and sometimes, the host just jumps right on. Production quality on some episodes isn’t great. Also, episode lengths are all over the place, making it difficult for anyone who might be interested in tuning in to plan their listening time.
If you’re interested in listening to the author of Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe, or the co-author of Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography, then you might get something out of this show. Otherwise, it’s best perhaps to leave The Junot Files in the filing cabinet. Despite it having zero reviews/ratings, my 2.5 stars lands it in the “overrated” category.
November 2021 Issue
The name change was because someone had an old copyright on the Lights, Camera, Author name, so it had to be changed. But now the copyright is expired, and it’s back to Lights, Camera, Author!
Also, the time is now a half-hour in length. The podcast went through a lot of growing pains, but it’s now become consistent.
I’d appreciate you giving it another listen and chance.
Lights, Camera, Author!