‘Til Death

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So, Monday morning I’ll pack up my pencil box and Trapper Keeper and put on my best new shirt and head off to my first day of work as an Executive Producer on the TV show ‘TIL DEATH. If you haven’t seen it (and, apparently, not many people have…) it’s a sitcom that stars Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher as a long-time married couple. If you can’t visualize it, here’s the poster:

This will be my first time working on the series — in fact, I haven’t done any television since ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT was cancelled. After ARRESTED ended, I really wanted to take a breath and write books for a while, which has been a wonderful, rejuvenating experience. But, lately, I’ve been missing the comraderie of working on a show and when my friend, Don Reo, told me he was taking over ‘TIL DEATH as showrunner and asked me to join him, I couldn’t turn it down. After all, when Don Reo calls… you jump.

At least I do.

I’ve heard some mixed things about the last few seasons of the series but I’m truly enthusiastic about joining it because I think the actors are terrific and Don has a solid, inspired take on a new direction for the show. In addition, the writing staff will be filled out by a great group of veteran writers. In fact, I may well be the youngest person on the staff… and I’m in my 40’s. Having spent the last couple years alone in my office writing novels, I’m really looking forward to the fun and activity of being back in television production, particularly since I’m going to be doing it with friends.

I’ll also be working on my books — that’s never going to stop — and will hopefully have some news for you on that front soon. MONSTER WAR is completed and will be coming out in various countries over the next year or so and I have some other very cool stuff percolating. More on that soon…

I’m also looking forward to posting a little bit about the inner workings of a TV writer’s room. Mostly, it’s a group of people sitting together all day long around a big conference table, trying to puzzle their way through the 22 scripts that will make up a TV season. Biggest difficulty: avoiding the inevitable weight gain that comes from inactivity and access to an endless supply of chips and sugary beverages. In fact, I should probably weigh myself now and keep doing that every couple weeks to chart my decline… but I can’t bear to step on the scale.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world…

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  • _twilight_

    Congrats! I may actually watch an episode or few now.

    March 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      I’ll let you know when the ones I worked on start airing. Will probably be a while…

      March 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • sarah_prineas

    Sounds like a great move! I look forward to those writers-room posts. We’re always so solitary; I’m curious how a group-write works.

    March 16, 2009 at 12:28 am Reply
    • deanlorey

      Group writing is such a completely different skill. I think I probably prefer novel writing, but it should be fun to mix it up a little.

      March 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • melissa_writing

    Hope you enjoy it :)

    March 16, 2009 at 12:36 am Reply
    • deanlorey

      Thanks. :)
      I’ll call you this week. Been too long…

      March 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm Reply
  • toddfarmer

    While I’m amazingly happy for you I only just now realized what this means. The only thing easing my panic attack is knowing that Don is showrunning…but I still gotta ask. What time do you have to be on the lot? And what time will you be calling and waking me up every day from now until hiatus?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:47 am Reply
    • deanlorey

      I have to be on the lot today at 10:30am Pacific time. I’ll be leaving around 9am. You should be getting a call around 9:03am.
      Hope that helps.

      March 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • asylum_resident

    Grats man!

    March 16, 2009 at 7:06 am Reply
  • brennas_life

    It sounds like you’re going to have a lot of fun!
    I only have a few select TV shows that I watch, but I’ll be looking forward to hearing your stories! I haven’t actually seen Arrested Development, but everyone talks about how awesome it is. That will probably be one of the next TV series we get from Netflix. 😀

    March 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      Actually, I prefer watching TV on DVD’s. My wife and I first watched all of season 1 of ALIAS on DVD, one or two a night, and it was great. Let me know what you think of ARRESTED.

      March 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm Reply

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