Morning Shots: Freelance Comedy, Sobering Reality, And Charlie Sheen : Monkey See This morning: Sobering thoughts on reality shows, the outfits of Clueless, and the potential for the opening of a restaurant called — really — "Wahlburgers."
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Morning Shots: Freelance Comedy, Sobering Reality, And Charlie Sheen

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Big Bang Theory producer Bill Prady is one of my favorite showrunners on Twitter, and Deadline Hollywood has a Q&A with him about the Emmys. Check out this quote: "I approach this as everything I've ever done which is: you get in in the morning, have a cup of coffee, and then you say, 'What's the best thing that we could do?' And you do it until you're tired and you come home. The only thing you ever have control over is, 'Are you trying hard?'" That is a very, very good philosophy of life and work. Read more.

The life of the paid-by-the-joke comic is one we've talked about once or twice; here's a nice piece by Lizzie Simon in the Wall Street Journal. The princely sum of $100 for getting a joke on Weekend Update. Good grief.

I've known a bunch of folks who have been involved in reality shows of various kinds and done fine, but I freely admit that the recent dose of media scrutiny, especially of so-called "candid" shows (as opposed to limited-scope competition shows) that potentially keep people on for season upon season, is probably overdue and has been very thought-provoking for me personally. Today, The Hollywood Reporter provides more.

It appears that Charlie Sheen's possible upcoming sitcom, Anger Management, is having discussions with those who are willing to consider becoming its showrunner. Sigh.

Even if you've seen Clueless many, many times, you may be surprised by this video of all the outfits of Cher Horowitz, presented in under 60 seconds. I thought I knew that movie, but I was shocked.

If you think "Donnie and Mark Wahlberg are getting ready to open a restaurant called Wahlburgers" sounds like something I made up, I admit that you're right, but you're also wrong.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times has a nice essay about the fact that it's refreshing to have movies in theaters that are actually worth arguing about.