In TV, the only thing more certain than the old saying “money changes everything” is “the bigger the bucks, the more painful the fall.” Today’s case in point:
Fired ‘Snowpiercer’ Showrunner Calls Replacement an “Idiot” for Not Reaching Out
by Katie Kilkenny
The former showrunner for TNT’s upcoming series Snowpiercer has slammed the etiquette of his successor in a series of tweets that call out new boss Graeme Manson for not getting in touch before taking over.
“If you’re asked to rewrite someone or take over their show it seems like good sense and good karma to reach out to that person first and a) find out what the circumstances of their departure are and b) thank them for doing the work you’ll be profiting from,” Josh Friedman, previously attached to the TNT project and screenwriter of Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia, wrote Thursday on Twitter.
“You should buy that person a nice meal or a bottle of alcohol if they’re up for it. Your money was earmarked for them at one time. And more than likely, what may be a good job for you was a passion project for them,” he added. “Put another way: if you were to take over a show I’d originated and worked on for two years and didn’t reach out to me before taking the job you’re either an idiot, a coward, or a vichy motherfucker.”
Friedman then added in a separate tweet, “In theory.”…