That's why I don't cover a TV show?
There are a million reasons why I don't cover a TV show, that's not one of them.
One of the main reasons I don't cover one is because I can't commit to a show. Sorry. I can, and do, watch or 'watch' some every week. But most of the time, I'm just vegging out in a waking sleep basically, worn out from the day.
Another reason is C.I. I would do so many spoilers because I don't pay attention. So I'd be thinking, "Oh, this is the show that C.I.'s friend ___ produces/stars in/writes for and this character must be the one that's going to be killed off and . . ." For example, there's a show you do not want me to cover. I was present for C.I.'s end of the phone call. There's a show that its network loves but it did not love the storyline. The producer called C.I. mainly to gripe because the whole season was set and now it was all tossed aside -- after episodes started airing. C.I. said, "They just objected to ____." "Okay, well swing the B story over and give this to ___ and that should do the trick." It was a bit more involved than that. At any rate, the producer hung up and called back an hour later to say the writers loved it and it would let them keep the story because the network was fine with it as long as it wasn't the lead that the storyline happened to.
Equally true, in the 90s, C.I. mentored a lot of creative talent -- more by accident than any effort to mentor -- and a lot of them have TV shows on. So there are some shows that I would pull my punches if I covered just because I knew them via C.I. and knew them as emerging -- which they no longer are -- and would have a hard time treating them harshly even if the work required it.
I am by no means mad at the e-mail. I laughed. But, sorry, to ___, you really do not know me at all.
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