So, a lot of new things going on. We moved again, out of our rental house and into one we bought. We’re out in the country (as much as LA has “country”) and I love it. The view of the mountains is terrific. You can hear the frogs and crickets in the evening. There are coyotes around but we try to be mindful of them.
‘TIL DEATH and BROTHERS are long gone. Brenna O’Brien was kind enough to post a link on my Facebook page to an article on The Onion that speculated about the creative impulse behind the fourth season of ‘TIL DEATH. They got it remarkably right. Give it a read here if you like but be forewarned, I think it’s probably adults only. I’m frankly stunned that anyone gave the show enough thought to write such a long and considered article.
I’ve started working on a new TV show with some old compadres of mine. The show is called RUNNING WILDE and it will be on Fox this fall on tuesday nights at 9:30 (after GLEE and another new show called RAISING HOPE.)
It stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell and it’s created by Will, Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely. Mitch is the guy who created ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (which I worked on, along with Jim) so it’s kind of an ARRESTED reunion of sorts. We’re writing it now and it will shoot in New York, so it looks like I’ll be doing some travelling this fall. Luckily, New York is one of my favorite cities. I went to college there and can’t get enough of the place.
In book news, NIGHTMARE ACADEMY 3: MONSTER WAR comes out in the US at the end of July — July 27th, I think. I’ve been dying to get it into the hands of my US readers. It’s easily my favorite of the three books. It has some nice extras in it including a bonus chapter that I’ll be putting up for free on my website so that fans of the series in other parts of the world can check it out. The new chapter takes place after the end of Book 3.
I’ve also finished up a couple new book projects, but I’m not ready to talk about them just yet. I’ll be sure to post here when I have more to share. And there’s some potentially exciting news about a film series I’d be writing with my buddy Scott Sava — he writes and illustrates the Dreamland Chronicles among other things. You should check it out if you haven’t heard of it.
In other tidbits, I’ve been loving my iPad. I know this might be heretical, but I’ve been reading a lot more since I got it. I didn’t realize how much I was avoiding reading because the typeface of most books was too small for me to see comfortably (and you can stop with the “old man” jokes, thank you very much.) I also like the backlit screen because I always found myself wrestling around with the table lamp beside the bed to get enough light on regular books. I’m curious to know what other folks think of e-readers versus traditional books in terms of the reading experience. I have to say, I’m a convert which is shocking coming from a guy that loves and collects regular paperbound books (my Stephen King signed/limited DARK TOWER collection is a highlight.)
So that’s all for now. Going to freshen up my coffee and take a look at those mountains again. Hope all is well with you…