My First Day as Head of HBO
Posted on August 1, 2013
“We’re gonna HBO that shit”
10:35 a.m. I call Lena Dunham to discuss season 3 of Girls and declare ban of Vince Vaughn movies.
10:55 a.m. I call the producers (Mark Wahlberg) of How To Make It In America and tell them that if they can, to go ahead and make a third season to close out the canceled series. I think running back-t0-back with Girls sounds about right.
11: 05 a.m. For some reason, Lana Del Rey is in the hallway and as she walks by, gives me the finger.
11:30 a.m. I also call Bored To Death creator Jonathan Ames and discuss a 1-hour movie version of that show.
12:10 p.m. There’s a message from Treme creator David Simon regarding the final (shortened) season that’s currently in production. I plan to tell him to add five more episodes for a total of 10.
12:45 p.m. On my laptop I catch up on season 2 of Showtime’s Homeland and pine for an ex-girlfriend of mine who is a Hispanic version of Claire Danes.
1 p.m. Lunch. I down a Black Salmon sandwich and pint of Guinness at nearby pub. A person next to me asks the bartender if his hands will smell after he leaves.
2 p.m. There’s a message from someone representing Flying Wild’s Ariel Tweto.
2: 30 p.m. I consider rejecting an idea for a new series called Clown Farm.
2:45 p.m. Attend a meeting about a possible Batman series.
3:30 p.m. Two biopics considered: one on Depeche Mode and another on the rise of Seattle’s grunge music scene.
4:10 p.m. Sarah Michelle Gellar stops by with Josh Whedon. We discuss my idea to resurrect a famous character for a new show called Buffy. She’s a bit older, it’s darker and not too campy. You know, we’re gonna HBO that shit.
4:43 p.m. A couple writers come in and talk about a possible dramedy that is entirely filmed in Ireland.
5:17 p.m. David Lynch calls. Something about a new Twin Peaks miniseries.
6 p.m. Check out a script called Friends in Time. Sad, romantic, time-traveley tale about a group of high school/college age friends. There is a twist in the filming of this.
6: 30 p.m. Play darts in my office with Steve Buscemi.
7: p.m. I find a rolled up poster of Carnivale under my desk.