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…