KCRW's Martini Shot


Veteran TV writer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life with Martini Shot, a four-minute weekly commentary heard during KCRW's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.

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You've Got Nothing

Explaining why a movie won't work at the box office, right after it hasn't worked at the box office.

The Button

Using Evernote to prove that the entertainment business is about to get very crazy and very good, especially for writers. This is not a scientific conclusion.

Who Did What

Breaking the tribal rule that binds all Hollywood writers together, Rob gives credit to a development executive.

Leather Jacket

Rob takes a story with the worst and most dysfunctional moral ever, then kind of twists it so it comes out okay.

Change This

Sometimes when the star makes a demand you give in, sometimes you don?t.

Twitter Horror

Belated advice to Trevor Noah, and anyone else who suddenly goes from Internet famous to actually famous.

Furiouser and Furiouser

Furious Seven, Coca-Cola, and how hard it is to change people's favorite things just enough.


The big difference between sampling ? where music producers reuse someone else's hook and borrowing, which is what comedy writers do to each others' material.

The Machine that Spins

Rob solves the problem of television network programming

Digital Watch

the Apple Watch, the DeLorean of watches.

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