The best way to cure a St. Patrick’s Day hangover is to read Friday Questions. So as a public service, here they are:
Gazzoo gets us started.
Why wasn't Larry Linville given a proper farewell appearance on MASH? I assume he announced his intention to leave after season five wrapped, but did he not want to come back to do goodbye episode like Gary Burghoff did?
Oh trust me, we wanted to. We were even going to do a special one-hour episode. But Larry didn’t want to do it. He was going through a bitter divorce at the time that took up all of his time and effort. We tried for months to get him to reconsider (appearing in our show, not reconciling with his wife).
I don’t recall what we had planned exactly, but it was a great way to transition Frank out and Charles in. You MASH fans would have liked it. I'm just glad we didn't write the script.
From Edem K:
Say you're a new writer fortunate enough to get a job on a new TV show. What are your chances for future success if the show you're on is critically panned and commercially a dud? (Examples from last season include the Don Johnson vehicle Blood & Oil, and a sitcom called the McCarthy's.)
I'm hoping the industry forces-that-be wouldn't hold being on a bad show against new writers, but that hope is small.
Baby writers are never blamed. If anything, the fact that they got hired on a network show might help them in securing their next gig. Worry not.
In most cases, it is the showrunner who gets blamed, even though he followed all of the notes given by the network.
Since comedies get shut out of the Oscars, well mostly, I wondered what comedies over the past few years you feel should have won. Including actors and directors. Rewrite history, Ken!
Well VOLUNTEERS to start, but that’s just a given.
Not sure these should have won, but they should have been nominated for Best Picture (at least in the modern age): SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, SWINGERS, ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, DINER, BEST IN SHOW, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, MOVIE MOVIE, LIFE OF BRIAN.
But wait! There's more!
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, L.A. STORY, THE WEDDING SINGER, CLERKS, NIGHT SHIFT, HEATHERS, MEAN GIRLS, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, SPINAL TAP, BLAZING SADDLES, JUNO, WHERE’S PAPA?, HAROLD & MAUDE, THE WRONG BOX, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, BANANAS, SLEEPER, ROXANNE, AFTER THE FOX, LOVE AND DEATH, HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE, SPY, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
But wait! There's STILL more!
And John Hughes should have nominated ten times for writing and directing.
I’m sure there are way more. What am I missing? I have to say, I went through the internet looking up comedies from the last five years – Jesus, there were terrible comedies. One stinkburger after another. This is not a golden age of movie comedies.
What’s your question?