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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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Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

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."

Twitter:

@rcbl

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Virtual Reality

1/3/2018
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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.

Duration: 00:03:24


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.

Duration: 00:03:56


My Friend's Place

12/13/2017
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Hey, are you busy on Saturday? This Saturday, the sixteenth?

Duration: 00:03:20


December 2017 Pledge Drive

12/6/2017
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KCRW has been broadcasting the best and freshest music, commentary, news, and astonishing audio for decades — and for about as long, people have been listening to it and loving it and forgetting, or allowing themselves to forget, that the station really does depend on the commitment of its listeners.

Duration: 00:03:13


Bethpage

11/29/2017
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The universal indicator of the health and prosperity of the entertainment industry — which is, the quality of the free snacks.

Duration: 00:03:18


Irreplaceable

11/22/2017
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What makes a powerful man think that anyone wants to see his naked body, for any reason?

Duration: 00:03:44


Key demos

11/8/2017
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Money and death and weight and all of the things no one wants to talk about.

Duration: 00:03:33


Cancel my subscription

11/1/2017
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Rob pitches a simple app that would change the television business forever: something that makes it easy to cancel all of those channels we pay for.

Duration: 00:03:21


Going forward

10/25/2017
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The single most important and revealing document in the entire entertainment business — understand this and you understand Hollywood: the call sheet.

Duration: 00:03:36


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

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