So, I’m not sure how many of you are/were fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which was recently canceled by FOX (personally, I LOVED the first season and Tivoed most of the second, but haven’t watched it yet), but either way…
You have to read this blog post from Josh Friedman, one of the creators and showrunners.
I don’t know if this was the smartest career move for Josh– I mean, he rips new assholes for FOX, Warner Brothers, even Chuck Lorre (kind of)– but he certainly captures the pain, frustration, anger, betrayal, and heartbreak of having your show canceled.
It’s truly a rare, uncensored glimpse into the mind of a screenwriter dealing with the brutal side of Hollywood… IN THE MOMENT… as it’s happening.
(Also, I don’t know how network and studio execs will react to Josh’s post, but the truth is… if they don’t know how much it hurts to have your show killed… and how it often happens in the most brutal ways… then they’re not very good executives. I’m sure they’ll look at this and A) feel defensive, B) laugh a little– because hey, some of it really is funny– and C) TAKE NOTHING AWAY FROM IT. But the truth is… we work in a business that does this to people ON A REGULAR BASIS. And on one hand, sure– that may be the nature of the game. Yet on the other– come on, Hollywood, surely there are better ways of handling these things?)
Click HERE to check it out…
(By the way, Josh has some other really fun, interesting posts re: life in Hollywood. He doesn’t post much, but when he does, it’s always entertaining. So if you get a chance, check out the whole blog.)