Sunday, May 10, 2015
My Mothers' Day story
David Isaacs and I were writing spec scripts at night, trying to break in, going nowhere. We had written a spec pilot that was an amateurish mess that would have cost more to produce than AVATAR. We then wrote a spec MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and RHODA. Our ersatz agent submitted both scripts and received two rejection letters (actually three -- the RHODA was submitted to two different producers on the show). We were going nowhere fast.
So I got in touch, sent him our spec MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. He liked it, invited us in to pitch stories. They bought one and that was the start of our career.
But we never would have had an in to THE JEFFERSONS had it not been for Mom.
So thanks, Mom. For everything. I miss you everyday. Thanks also to Debby, the mother of my children. And to all YOU mothers -- we salute you on this most deserved (although commercially manufactured) holiday.