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Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and is the co-creator of a string of (cancelled) sitcoms: "George & Leo," "Men, Women & Dogs," etc. Rob is also the author of "Conversations With My Agent," the cult classic about real life in Hollywood, as well as its recently published sequel, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke."

Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and is the co-creator of a string of (cancelled) sitcoms: "George & Leo," "Men, Women & Dogs," etc. Rob is also the author of "Conversations With My Agent," the cult classic about real life in Hollywood, as well as its recently published sequel, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke."
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and is the co-creator of a string of (cancelled) sitcoms: "George & Leo," "Men, Women & Dogs," etc. Rob is also the author of "Conversations With My Agent," the cult classic about real life in Hollywood, as well as its recently published sequel, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke."

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@rcbl

Language:

English

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1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


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This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the best way to stay enthusiastic and creative and energized in the entertainment business, and that’s to have your show cancelled and need to come up with something new.

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This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I describe the ins and outs of being fired in show business, which I hope isn’t tempting karma.

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4/18/2018
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This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I pitch what I think would be a huge smash hit of a television show, that is, if I were pitching it, but I’m not really pitching it.

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Hotel story

4/11/2018
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This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I go to great lengths to avoid following the simple rules of life: eat less, move more, there is no easier way.

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Week two

4/4/2018
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On today’s Martini Shot I talk about Roseanne’s second week ratings, which were terrific, and what we can learn from that, which is that traditional sitcoms are back, and I make sure everyone listening knows that I am currently represented.

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The wrong lesson

3/28/2018
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On today’s Martini Shot, I make a bold and courageous prediction: since the hugely successful premiere of the new Roseanne, there will be more shows like Roseanne on television. You heard it here first.

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This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the difference between TV shows set in the past, and TV shows from the past. One is nostalgia, the other is desperation.

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This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I try to figure out why everyone in my office is so cranky and ill-tempered. I mean, I know it can’t be me.

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Not My Face

2/21/2018
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This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the true pioneers in the areas of film technology and computer graphics and making things look like other things: the plastic surgeons.

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Stretch Out

2/8/2018
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This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot, I talk about a complicated moment from an old movie where they use a word that we don’t use much these days in a way that is actually kind of funny. Yeah, I think that’s vague enough.

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No money

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This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I describe the classic pose of the buyer and the seller: one person leaning forward at the table, the other leaning back, arms folded. Always know which one you are.

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Old Shows

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Virtual Reality

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Today I hang out in a movie theater lobby and watch people enjoying the virtual reality machines more than the movie they came to see. A glimpse of the future.

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Continuity

12/20/2017
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At a certain point during post-production, when whatever you’re working on is in the editing stage, you have to choose between making an edit that helps the pace, uses the best take, removes an element you no longer need — any number of useful and necessary things — and one that doesn’t show the coffee cup suddenly appearing in the star’s other hand.

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My Friend's Place

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10/18/2017
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How to be an insider in the business: when you hear big, surprising news for the first time, act like you heard it months and months ago.

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Fun stuff

10/4/2017
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