An Interview in the Pasadena Weekly
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RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON is a bestselling short story writer, novelist, screenwriter/producer and drummer. How many people can say that? (And he studied, one on one, with the legendary drummer Ginger Baker!) RC is also the president of Matheson Entertainment, a production company he formed with his father, which is involved with multiple film and television projects.
It’s like walking around a small room, exploring every corner. It’s one of the hardest kind of writing there is. To make a small thing profound is a daunting task. I started out writing dozens of short stories and collecting a bulletin board full of rejection slips from mystery magazines. I never got an acceptance. But I learned a lot.
We start each night with some cartoons. It’s the law. We’ve been exploring the Hanna-Barbera TV shows lately. Some of them are very weak. THE SPACE KIDETTES was one. The other was YOUNG SAMSON AND GOLIATH, about a teen-ager and his dog who, with the help of magic bracelets turn into, well Young Samson (a muscle bound Sword and Sandal type) and his pet Lion. Who can also shoot laser out of his cat eyes.
BATMAN dresses up like a bat to fight crime. Isn’t that just a little absurd? Not if you ask Christopher Nolan. His Batman is deadly serious. Just listen to his voice.
But if you ask Lorenzo Semple Jr? Then you end up with the Adam West BATMAN TV series of the ‘60s. Now, I ask you, which is more true to life?
INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA HALL
Barbara Hall is a veteran TV producer (Judging Amy, Joan of Arcadia). What’s more, she’s also an accomplish novelist. What’s more she’s also a recording artist. I get exhausted just thinking about it.
Where did the trope of Crazed Vietnam War Vet come from? What was the first instance of it to penetrate popular consciousness? What was the Patient Zero of the CVWV?
Lee Goldberg is a writing machine.
He has written something like 47 books. Produced something like ten TV shows. I get exhausted just thinking about it.
He’s a New York Times bestselling author for the Fox & O’Hare books written with Janet Evanovich. THE HEIST. THE CHASE. And in November of this year, THE JOB.
There is no name for it. It happens every year. It’s one of the few really classy, unselfish traditions left in Hollywood. Television writers put in hours of work on their friend’s comedy pilots for NO MONEY. JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE FRIENDS.
What is the “Writers’ Room?” It is the room where the writers of a television show work, live and write as a unit. In multi-camera comedy especially, it is a weird and wonderful place – the location of the “brain” of a TV show. To put it in STAR TREK terms, the Writers’ Room is the Bridge of a television production.