Comedy Writer Reveals Lurid Details of Harassment on Set — and Why It Cost Her a Job.
Janis Hirsch writes: In 1986, after only three or four years in Los Angeles, Garry Shandling called to offer me a job on his new show. I don’t remember how I knew Garry well enough for him to call me, but whenever I’d run into him at Hugo’s, we’d share a laugh or two, and once he asked me if I could help him find a snake man. Even though I lived in a snake-free condo, I found him one. And not to brag, but this was before Google.
Anyway, he offered me a job on Showtime’s It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and even though all I knew was the title, that was enough for me. It started out as a lot of fun. A bunch of cool, smart guys and me working on a show where Garry didn’t just break the fourth wall but rode around behind it in a golf cart.
Once we got on the air, we were golden. I was, at any rate; I wrote two of first six episodes, both of which got a nice write-up in the L.A. Times, both of which said nice things about me, the writer, the only woman on staff. What could possibly go wrong?
The guys started excluding me from meetings: “Oh, we couldn’t find you”…at my desk. Then they started excluding me from the table, instead assigning me “the slit scenes” to write. Even though these scenes were the ones that featured the only female castmember, it didn’t occur to me exactly what slit they were referring to until one day in the ladies room.
[Read the full story here, at Hollywood Reporter]
My mantra became, “I won’t cry until I get home.” It was amended to “I won’t cry until I get into the parking lot,” which became “I won’t cry until I get into the stairwell,” which morphed into “Fuck, I’m crying.’
One day, I was sitting in Garry’s office across the desk from him. A few of the writers and one of the actors were in the room, too. I felt a tap on my shoulder, I turned, and there was that actor’s flaccid penis draped on it like a pirate’s dead parrot. Riotous laughter ensued from all but one of us. Read the rest of this entry »
Dominic Patten The L.A. fixer series is back on July 12, and you don’t want to miss what might be its strongest season yet. As my video review above says, a lot of the new strength of Ray Donovan’s third season comes from the additions that bulk up the core cast – especially Katie Holmes. An unlikely pairing, the Dawson’s Creek alum and leading man Liev Schreiber are a great match and inject new life into the already pretty healthy Showtime drama.
Of course, Holmes isn’t the only new cast member this year. Also among the newbies is Ian McShane as Malcolm Finney, a billionaire producer who procures the well-connected fixer’s services. That dynamic sparks all the more with the parallel relationship between Donovan and Finney’s ambitious daughter Paige, played by Holmes. Read the rest of this entry »
Erik Pedersen writes: “A good family business is not the same thing as a good family.” Here’s the first trailer for Season 3 of Showtime’s hit drama Ray Donovan, which sees Liev Schreiber as the Boston tough-turned-Hollywood fixer trying to rebuild his empire. Enter Mr. Andrew Finney (Ian McShane), a billionaire movie producer who brings Donovan in to keep an eye on his kids while he settles his affairs before retiring. That includes daughter Paige (Katie Holmes), a shrewd and chic businesswoman who Dad says “no longer sees me as her father, she sees me as an opponent — something in the way of her ascension.” Mogul and problem solver eventually form a very powerful relationship, but can Paige make Donovan an offer he can’t refuse?…(read more)
How’s this for a way to start the weekend: Showtime‘s Twin Peaks revival is all systems go.
“Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!”
Not only is the stalemate over, but Showtime has committed to producing more than the nine episodes originally ordered.
Holmes will play a shrewd and chic businesswoman named Paige who enlists the services of Ray (Liev Schreiber). She also happens to be the daughter of Ian McShane‘s billionaire producer character, Andrew. McShane was cast in a recurring role earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »