Conversations with My Agent

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Plume, Jul 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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This brilliant account of one writer's rise and fall in the salt mines of Hollywood crackles with wit -- and only a little bitternessRob Long rose from staff writer to become co-producer of Cheers in its final season. When the show went off the air, he went from being top dog on a highly rated program to just another writer scrambling to get any project rolling. It wasn't pretty, but as Conversations with My Agent demonstrates, in hindsight at least, that's the hilarious reality of life in the wonderful world of the Hollywood sitcom.Suddenly thrown into the absurdity of Hollywood television development, Long and his writing partner find themselves with an office, an assistant, lots of cigars, and absolutely no idea what they are going to write. But that doesn't matter in Hollywood, where hype is more important than substance. Especially when you have a good agent.Here Long recants the true tale of his time in that limbo, from the wildly funny but awful meetings with studio executives to the unending string of phone calls with his self-absorbed agent, who is emblematic of the uniquely absurd chaos that is Hollywood.-- Conversations with My Agent received terrific reviews.-- Appeals to an enormous market including aspiring writers, screenwriters, producers, and directors.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The road to sitcom hell is paved with yucks galore in this sharp and sprightly Hollywood tale. Long had one of the best jobs in America. As co-executive producer of the sitcom Cheers, he was ... Read full review

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User Review  - ben_a - LibraryThing

I enjoy Rob Long's occasional journalism, and I enjoy reading about Hollywood, which seems a strange and irrational world. This, I didn't enjoy so much. Long stitches together fragments that aren't ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Long was co-executive producer of Cheers for its 11th and final season.

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