April 1, 2011
“I always think that people are going to accept what I say the way it’s given, but they don’t. I have a very good knack for alienating people, people I’ve been working with for a long time, too. I rub people the wrong way.”
– Milt Kahl, November 4, 1976
March 8, 2011
Charlie Sheen or Chuck Lorre?
March 1, 2011
(Year Seven of Robb’s Illustrious Career)
People sometimes ask me about “Reality TV.” They aren’t quite sure if it’s really such a big change in the business or why. They might know that I (and thousands of other TV production employees) got “squeezed out” of the industry by Reality TV, but they’re not sure what that means exactly. Here’s what I tell them:
In my first 4 or 5 jobs in the business (before Reality TV), my gigs lasted 9 months each. An entire office of production staff, including 6-8 WGA writers. In those 9 months we produced 13 hours of TV, and then we were unemployed.
My last job in the business was on a Reality TV show. The gig lasted 1 week. No writers. In that 1 week we produced 4 hours of TV, and then we were unemployed.
February 24, 2011
(Year Six of Robb’s Illustrious Career)
In my day, there was an old saying in Hollywood (or parts of it anyway): You haven’t made it in this business until Kenny S____ calls you a “c**ksucker.” Well, I guess that means I almost made it in Hollywood.
Let me back up for a minute. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27, 2011
I think of myself as an “idea guy.” Why? Because I’m certainly not the alternative: the “work really, really hard sticking with it and writing multiple drafts until it’s the best it can be” guy.
Ideas are fun. Ideas are easy. When they come, they come. When they don’t, it’s not your responsibility. And when they turn into real work, well,… that’s usually when I get my next big idea.
Just this week I woke up with a fully formed idea for a TV series. This had never happened to me before. I was psyched, completely energized. Within hours I was Read the rest of this entry »
June 2, 2010
If only we had never left Oakland, I could get this job. But then again, if we had never left Oakland, I would have never have gotten the years of TV experience that would qualify me for this job…
If you’re a scripter in the Bay Area, go for it. You can let me know how it goes. I’ll be jealous. Very, very jealous.
March 23, 2010
I just got a guaranteed billion-dollar movie idea.
$250+ million opening weekend in the U.S. alone. Guaranteed.
Impossible to fail. Impossible!
Are you ready for this? It will blow your mind.
You will look at me and say “You, sir, are a genius.”
Are you ready? Here it is.
Darth Vader vs. Spock
Just send me the cash now.