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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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English

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


Episodes

The trouble with Harvey

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.

Duration: 00:03:40


Pixelate this

10/11/2017
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Rob learns the difference between real nudity on television, fake nudity on television, real nudity that's pixelated with blurry boxes, and fake real nudity that's pixelated with blurry boxes.

Duration: 00:03:30


Fun stuff

10/4/2017
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Rob pitches his best stuff to the town and this is what he hears: fun stuff, let us talk internally and get back to you.

Duration: 00:03:26


Present

9/27/2017
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Rob learns how to be more present, how to have a more still mind, how not to analyze everything he sees and hears by wondering if there's some angle in it for him. It's a work in progress.

Duration: 00:03:22


New Justin

9/6/2017
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Rob discovers the next Justin Bieber, because it's about time we had another one. This one is from Kazakhstan, and his name is Dimash Kudaibergenov.

Duration: 00:03:50


One year ago

8/30/2017
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The perfect way for people in the entertainment industry to read the trades without being consumed by jealousy -- or, at least, unnecessary jealousy.

Duration: 00:03:54


Not funny

8/23/2017
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Why you need a joke to cover the cross and a button to end a scene and why some people get that and some people don't.

Duration: 00:03:30


Promoted post

8/16/2017
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Rob promotes a lot of stuff on his Instagram feed, or wishes he could, if he had any followers.

Duration: 00:03:54


Bad timing

8/9/2017
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Remember the old show business adage, give the people what they want? Rob updates it: just give three million people what they want. The rest of them will be watching home remodeling shows.

Duration: 00:03:31


Running out of money

8/2/2017
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The only thing that really matters in the entertainment business isn't how much money an entertainment company has, but how long it's going to last.

Duration: 00:03:43


Lazy

7/26/2017
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How to make a lot of money investing in the one thing that all humans have in common, the one thing that draws us all together: we're kind of lazy.

Duration: 00:03:43


Eisenhower matrix

7/19/2017
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Discovering an organizational technique that the Executive Producer of World War II, Dwight Eisenhower, used when he was showrunning that multi-season action series.

Duration: 00:04:06


Despacito

7/12/2017
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Compare the brilliant business moves of Beyoncé to the not-so-brilliant moves of Justin Bieber, but of course both of them are paying attention to the end of the Hollywood monopoly, so both are making money.

Duration: 00:03:51


Lost or stolen?

7/5/2017
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How easy it is, apparently, to spend tens of millions of dollars on weird stuff and end up almost broke, and it's nice to know how easy it is to do something Rob can't afford to do.

Duration: 00:03:54


The right order

6/28/2017
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What happened when Roger Moore died a few weeks ago and set off a firestorm of debate.

Duration: 00:03:25


Reshoots

6/21/2017
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Rob talks about a 30-year-old movie and somehow makes it relevant, because the movie is relevant, because the movie makers re-shot the ending.

Duration: 00:03:23


Cuban love story

6/14/2017
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Rob flies all the way to Cuba to learn, or really, relearn, a lesson about show business.

Duration: 00:03:44


Do not approach

6/7/2017
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Why we all wish we could kick people out of our dressing rooms, and also why it would be really great if we all had dressing rooms in the first place.

Duration: 00:03:40


Long Reads

5/31/2017
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Rob's reading The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time, and it's a very long book, but not as long as a lot of these TV shows people keep talking about, and at least in the book, stuff happens on every page.

Duration: 00:03:35


Broadway

5/24/2017
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Rob pays money to sit in a Broadway theater to see a musical version of a movie he paid money to see in the movie theater without music or dancing a few years ago.

Duration: 00:03:33

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