Barely out of film school, Rob Long struck the jackpot and landed a job on the phenomenally successful TV sitcom, Cheers. However, with the demise of the show, Long was faced with the question, 'Is there life after Cheers?' Mercilessly witty about the daunting process of setting up a new series and getting it on air, these two books tell the absurd tale of what came next.
Getting from pitch to pilot is a tricky path to navigate successfully, from making non-negotiable changes and deal-breaking edits, combined with accommodating the whims of studios, networks and agents, often the finished product ends up a long way from where the script-writer started. With the help of his agent, her constant demands, monstrous salesmanship, brutal irony and unswerving loyalty, Long's career fluctuates from wannabe to player, from award-winning script-writer to burnt out has-been.
And it's all, as he says 'half true'.
The funniest and wittiest thing to come out of Tinseltown since Curb Your Enthusiasm Arena on Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke My book of the year ... There's simply no more reliable guide to contemporary Hollywood Evening Standard Books of the Year Very, very funny ... as riveting and real as gossip. Indeed, there's a brilliant section on the nature and meaning of Hollywood gossip ... There's just enough moral weight in this hugely enjoyable book to make you wonder if it's all really worth it Guardian His novel within a novel within a script is a hilarious, shocking and honest account of how Hollywood really works Daily Mirror There are numerous passage here that still chime gruesomely with present-day experience, as Long's na ve positively is met head- on by his agent's crushingly cynical reminders that he's just a writer . This isn't just a showbiz humour but Jewish humour -- Christopher Fowler Independent
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st August 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.63