Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Partners


I've developed many television series during my career, but only a handful hold a special place.  The first one to leave a major imprint on my heart was a sitcom called Partners.  It was the result of my first development season as a newly minted senior executive in charge of comedy at Universal.  I remember receiving the first draft of the pilot.  I was battle weary after a long day, but I couldn't wait to read the script.  I drew a steaming bath, and settled in.  The hot temperature didn't stop me from getting goosebumps.  I immediately recognized how good it was -- the humor was smart, and the series had a strong point of view.  I was certain the network would agree.  A stellar cast, and a renown director were hired.  The pilot lead to a celebratory upfront in NY, and an expanding family of talented writers and guest cast were assembled to produce the series.  Every week, I looked forward to tape night, but as the season progressed it was evident we had a Must See TV series on the wrong network.  I literally got sick when we didn't get a second season renewal.  I was crushed to realize that sometimes doing your best isn't good enough.  It was my first heartbreak as an executive, my innocence shattered.

This past weekend the writers assembled for a reunion.  I was deeply touched to be included.  We toasted with the first harvest from one of the creators' vineyard making the evening even more special.  I will always be proud and grateful for this amazing experience and the relationships that were forged.

5 comments:

  1. The lesson learned about doing your best not mattering sadly has fit my decade in TV to a t. (or a TV). I know two of those writers (and one of the stars).

    And of course what you omitted was the occasion for the reunion, which I am guessing was the launch of a widely lambasted sitcom with the same name.

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