Links For April 15, 2015

Lost - the grillo-marxuach experimental design bureau

On our second day at work, JJ and Damon brought in numbered hard copies of the pilot for the think tank to read and on which to give feedback. My most salient note on the pilot was that murdering the one white male character with a discernible skillset that could serve to generate stories – at the very least Jack was a doctor – would not go over well with the network. In truth, my response was a lot less politically correct, informed as it was by my decade-plus experience as a Puerto Rican working in Hollywood. What I really said was “You can’t kill the white guy.”

The Many Faces of Tatiana Maslany

“I didn’t sleep, really,” Maslany said of the first two seasons. “I just was shifting. I’d have to do shifts during the day where I’d be Cosima for the first half and then Helena — or whatever, Cosima and then Sarah. So my body was physically shifting in my sleep, and I could feel it.”

Nora Dunn: “SNL is a traumatic experience. It’s something you have to survive”

George Harrison dropped in one night, and Lorne couldn’t rustle up anybody but Jan and me, so we went in there, drinking wine, listening to music, and neither one of us said a peep, we were just in shock. That guy was just so smart—and his stories!… And Warren Beatty came one night and I was like, “I’m going to go peek and see what I can find.” I had to hide under a desk because they came out of [Lorne’s] office, and I go, Oh my God, I hope he doesn’t see me under this desk. It’s not going to be a Goldie Hawn moment. It’s late in the morning, and they’re just gonna go, “Who are you?” But he didn’t see me, and I went back to report to Jan that I’d seen half of him.

Max Headroom: the definitive history of the 1980s digital icon

The problem was we never had a lot of pushback from the network on anything we were doing. Let’s face it, we were out there trying to do Blade Runner every seven or eight days. And for all my affection and respect for Peter Wagg and Steve Roberts, to some degree they were guys who not only had never done American network television — I’m not sure they ever actually watched it. There was a giant learning curve in terms of the pressures of schedule and money and production.