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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.
I saw Tom Waits and Richard Burton in my time as bookstore clerk at Crown Books
The other day I opened the mail and saw that I had received a certificate from the Writer’s Guild of America, congratulating me for being a writer on one of WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series. CHEERS!
A CHRISTMAS CAROL… WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? It’s that time of year. You can’t away from it. Ebenezer Scrooge is on every channel. I watched two version of the Dickens tale just last night. Which is your favorite? I don’t imagine you’ve seen this one. It’s one of many silent versions, this one starring… Continue Reading A CHRISTMAS CAROL… WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? »
So, as I was saying… I moved to L.A. with my dear wife-to-be in the early ‘80s. I had a job (clerk in a Crown Book store on Pico Blvd.) and a temporary place to stay, with my girlfriend’s aunt and her husband. Who happened to be Don Knotts. DON KNOTTS Don Knotts. One of… Continue Reading DON KNOTTS: HOW I DIDN’T GET STARTED, PART II »
“STEP BY STEP, STEP BY STEP, I CREPT UPON HIM AND WHEN I SAW THE SMIRK OF HIS COUNTENANCE, I GRABBED HIM. I LET HIM HAVE IT AGAIN, I COULDNT HELP MYSELF, I WAS GOING OUT OF MY MIND!” We all remember the routine, don’t we? A Man runs encounters a Stranger – a Stranger… Continue Reading SLOWLY I TURNED »
The strange process by which the writer attempts to sell his idea for a script or show to a studio and/or network. It calls for the writer to put on the unlikely guise of the salesman. Some are good at it. Some are not. Some actually like doing it. Some would rather go through root… Continue Reading PITCHING »