Huh. I had all this stuff ready to go, and then Blogger was all, "Really? Is that REALLY what you want to talk about?" DELETE.
So now I have to start all over.
Those of you who know me can skip this paragraph, because I'm going to talk about horse racing. the Belmont, specifically. Yeah, I know, not a cool sport, you all hate it, whatever. Wait until figure skating season starts. Then you're in for it.
Anyway, the Belmont, which is the third leg of the Triple Crown, took place last Saturday and for the first time in 102 years, it was won by a filly. Only three have won the Belmont, and this filly, Rags To Riches, is the first to win it at its modern distance of a mile and a half. Now, the Belmont is the only important American dirt race even AT that distance. Most Thoroughbreds are bred for speed so to see these two horses -- Rags To Riches and Preakness winner Curlin -- literally SPRINT away from the field when they hooked up off the turn, it was magical for anyone who loves what racing can represent.
There was so much attached to this victory. Last year, Rags To Riches' half-brother Jazil won the Belmont. That is an incredible feat for their dam. This was the first Triple Crown race win for trainer Todd Pletcher, who was 0 for 28 in Triple Crown races. Pletcher's mentor, D. Wayne Lukas, had a similar 0-fer streak going before he won his first Triple Crown race, the Derby -- with filly Winning Colors. Winning Colors was jockey Gary Stevens's first Triple Crown race victory. Rags To Riches was jockey John Velasquez's first Triple Crown race victory. Spooked yet? No? Belmont night, ABC aired a movie about Ruffian, probably the greatest filly to ever run.
I could go on. But if you don't know much about the sport, you can go watch the race on bloodhorse.com. It's really one of the best races you'll ever see. Curlin tries to intimidate the filly and she shrugs it off and intimidates him back. Really fantastic.
Onto comments. Nikki wants to know if I think my honesty will hurt me (and, by extension, my writing partner. Oops!). I've been pretty careful here, believe it or not. I don't want to post about which pilots I loathed. I'm trying not to name names, unless those names are blathering about on t heir own blogs. Then they're fair game. Besides, I've only seen two pilots so far. I thought Reaper was good. Kevin Smith did a nice job directing, it's damned clever, and it's got a solid series premise.
But going through staffing, or any TeeVee meetings, for that matter, does make you think about honesty. Let's face it -- it's rare that somebody gets to write on a show they really love. We've had that opportunity twice, which I think is probably anybody's limit. But as a showrunner, it's disingenuous to expect to hire a staff that adores your show as much as you do. That's like asking a babysitter to love your child as much as you do. It's not possible, and a little weird. To me, that's just an ego booster. And if I get a show on the air, well... there's the ego boost right there, Bubby. I don't need another writer to tell me I'm brilliant or whatever. I'm not asking some poor writer who desperately needs a job to kiss my ring.
As a writer on a show, you're an employee, there to give the showrunner what he or she wants. As a professional, you do the absolute best job you have if you get on staff. But in the meeting, do you have to pander? If you don't like the show, do you say so? And if you do, will it hurt you? Chances are, if you're meeting on a show that you despise and you lie and say you love it, you are not going to have one of your better experiences. Sometimes, being honest about a show will get you the job. Other times, gushing when you want to throw up will get you the job. It's all about how you want to handle your career. Honesty? Dishonesty? It's about a choice.
So. Back to the question. Maybe my comments about Heroes will ensure we never get hired on Heroes. Well, guess what? It was never gonna happen anyway. If we by some miracle DID get a meeting, I'd be honest. We've spent a lot of time holding our tongues when we've been in bad situations and it has NEVER done us ANY good. I'd rather fail by being honest than risk the chance of succeeding while being dishonest. Because more often than not, you'll fail while being dishonest, and then nobody will know who the hell you were to begin with. Do you really want to fail with work that isn't yours, with ideas you don't agree with? We've got a resume full of jobs. I'm extremely proud of a few of them. I'd like to keep that up.
Regarding my jihad against Eli Roth, I think I'm safe there. Features are different and even if we were on the radar there, I'd still be honest. As for the idea that this will hurt us during staffing... believe me, that isn't even possible!
David gives us a "chin up, lil camper" and then wonders more specifically about the person who let us down. And yup, that's the one. But David, you also said you've heard things. You can't say that and then not spill. So spill! Because we've been seriously out of the loop here.
As for what we're going to do now, we're probably going to write another pilot or two, just because. We'll be going out with a bunch of pilot pitches, hopefully sooner than later. I'd love to be pitching to cable. Seems like the cable networks have a better handle on what they're doing than the networks do, so it's easier to target them with specific ideas. And we've got two features in the works. Will anybody read them besides us? Good question.
Now to the latest on Eli Roth. Cry, baby, cry!! What, nobody saw your torture porn and you think there's reason other than that it's CRAP? The BALLS on this guy. Honestly! What's really irritating is that between this asshat and Captivity, they've probably ruined it for the entire genre. The genre is far more than torture porn and bad Hilary Swank supernatural thrillers but the studios don't see it that way. Eli Roth has fucked it for the rest of us. Idiot.
We are, of course, working on a horror movie.
But onto less bitter news. The bestest, superest, most magnificentest news!!! THERE IS GOING TO BE A COMPUTER-ANIMATED GATCHAMAN MOVIE! YEEEEEEES! A G-Force movie! G-FORCE, PEOPLE! Who's with me?
np - Pure Reason Revolution, "The Dark Third." Man, I love this album...