The "Time ImMemorial" Edition
I got a lot of feedback regarding last week’s editor’s note, regarding the question of is-it-or-is-it-not-appropriate for the funeral director, who is helping you to choose your mother’s coffin, to bring up his favorite TV show that you made? The answer was roundly “yes, that be kray.” Additionally, my slight shock that my housekeeper told me she Googled me (and enjoyed my career highlights elicited read mail that spanned “Wow, you have the most pro-active housekeeper in the world!” to “If you think everyone isn’t Googling you you’re out of your mind.” It was all good advice/ways to frame the broader implication: everyone is Googling and/or looking you up on LinkedIn whether you know it or not. True dat.
Well, here is a story about one of my own favorite TV Shows that I made, Top Chef. It’s a very good oral history— these are very popular these days, and deceptively hard to get right! Sometimes it just sounds like many people offering opinions or stories about a subject but it doesn’t come together and form *a* story, one with energy and some narrative drive. But this one does—the reporter was great and he reached most everyone who made Top CHef, Top Chef. I think it is super accurate, fairly in depth, and made me remember a lot that I had forgotten.
I am grateful to the awesome crew who made it all happen and even more thankful that they didn’t include screenshots of my insane notes on everything from why Quickfire Challenges had to be distinct from the Main Challenge to our infinite lists of possible titles and taglines. “Grillers In The Mist,” anyone? Would that have won our Emmys?
Well, there is plenty more to tell— enough for at least a short chapter in The Book I Will Likely Never Write. For those of you keeping score, we have a lot of chapters already, right? Should we do an outline based on all the times I’ve mentioned what I will Likely Never Write About in the LZSP Intro?
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