Why We Write TV

TV writers – and TVWriter™ – do a lot of complaining about various, um, “difficulties” that go with the gig. But sometimes things go right in unexpected ways. For example:

Actor Jim Belushi arrives at the premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
OMG! Jim Belushi looks just like Steven Seagall…except Jim’s actually a good guy. Who’d ‘a thought?

Unsolicited Flashbacks
by Earl Pomerantz

On the rarest of occasions, something happens in my life that reminds me that I actually once did something.

When it happens two days in a row, I feel the impulse to write about it.

Dr. M and I are standing outside a restaurant after an enjoyable dinner with another couple.  The other couple is waiting for the valet to bring them their car.  Our car is parked in the nearby parking lot.  We wait with them because we are nice.

Enjoying a break in the action, I repair unobtrusively to my “Venue of Choice” – my own head – where I am daydreaming, at night, which is challenging because it is more difficult to see.  (I know that makes no sense, but I am leaving it in, exercising the last vestige of authority that I possess.)

Interrupting my reverie, Dr. M comes up to me and says,

“Jim Belushi is standing behind me.  Why don’t you go over and say hello?”

I immediately say no.  I know Jim Belushi from my two-year assignment as one-day-a-week consultant on his long-running sitcom According To Jim.  He was always cordial, respectful of both my resume and to my contribution to his show.

So why didn’t I want to say hello?

I don’t know, that’s just me.  I’m sure included somewhere in the calculation is, “Why doesn’t he come over and say hello to me?” with all its hierarchical implications, reflecting a (possibly exaggerated) lifetime of “Status Abuse”….

Read it all at Earl Pomerantz’s blog

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