I’m in the eye of the storm, that eerily calm period between putting out a Final Draft and receiving the network and studio notes. Although, really, “Final Draft” is a incredibly hopeful misnomer given that the Final Draft is never ever THE final draft. A quick glance at the title page of Broken Ties proves as much –
FINAL DRAFT: JANUARY 21, 2008
BLUE PAGES: FEBRUARY 4, 2008
PINK PAGES: FEBRUARY 27, 2008
YELLOW PAGES: MARCH 5, 2008
For all those of you curious about the process, here is how it works: The writer hands in their FIRST DRAFT which is critiqued, revised, and put out as a WRITER’S DRAFT which is critiqued, rewritten, and put out as a REVISED WRITER’S DRAFT which is again critiqued, revised, and put out as a FINAL before heading into prep where changes are requested, made, and BLUE PAGES are put out. Internally, this is referred to as the FINAL FINAL DRAFT. Any further changes made to the script are put out with PINK PAGES. Within the department, this is known as the ULTRA FINAL FINAL DRAFT. In the event we receive more notes, the script is revised and YELLOW PAGES are issued. We refer to this as the SUPERFANTASTIC ULTRA FINAL FINAL DRAFT. Now, in the unlikely event that further tweaks are requested, the writer may do another polish and put out some GREEN PAGES, also known as the SUPERFANTASTIC ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT. And that would pretty much be that. Unless someone happens to come in with a very late note that is addressed in the GOLDENROD PAGES. It’s very rare for us to reach this point, a stage we fondly refer to as the EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT. And there you have it. Provided you don’t have to follow up with GREY PAGES (the EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC BEST ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT), MAGENTA (the EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC BEST LUCKY ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT), TEAL (the EXTREME EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC BEST LUCKY ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT), or TARTAN (the ULTIMATE EXTREME EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC BEST LUCKY ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT – which we simply call UEESBLUNOFFD for short). It’s almost possible to imagine the script would necessitate further revisions at this point but, if it does, we go all the way back to the beginning and put out DOUBLE WHITE PAGES (the TALK THE GUY WHO COLLATES THE SCRIPTS FOR THE ACTORS OFF THE LEDGE ULTIMATE EXTREME EXTRA SUPERFANTASTIC BEST LUCKY ULTRA NUMBER ONE FINAL FINAL DRAFT). And so on.
Great early ratings on our finale with preliminary numbers showing The Last Man did a 1.49. A nice strong finish to the show’s fourth season.
We welcomed Mark Dacascos (aka Tyre) back to the show today as he stopped by our offices on his way out of his costume fitting and over to Norco where he was going to start running through the big fight sequence with Jason. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: What a super nice guy – easy-going, incredibly humble. Seriously. If any of you are thinking of throwing a party, put him on the guest list. Chat him up. You’ll love him.
Oh, and I’m sure fans will be thrilled to hear that we finally did it. Yes, spread the word! The casting process is complete! We have our Captain Sobol!
We also have a FINAL DRAFT of episode 6, The Shrine of Talus, written by Brad Wright. David H. emailed Brad to tell him how much he loved it. And it apparently made Jewel cry. But, in all fairness, I was giving her a Hertz Donut at the time.
An early blog entry today as I have dinner plans with Martin and Stephanie. Fondy was supposed to join us but she is feeling under the weather and will have to pass. This is extremely unfortunate given that it is a charity event to help – I’m not sure. I think needy chefs – and we have already prepaid for the meal. Rather than invite someone else to join us, I’ve elected to go solo and have the staff serve the empty chair beside me, allowing me to double up on any plates I particularly enjoy.
Today’s video: Shooting a scene from The Last Man. Rodniffer (or is McKeller) fans take note!