Just before Disney purchased LucasFilm, a Star Wars animated comedy show Star Wars: Detours was in production from the team that made Robot Chicken. In a vault, there are no less than 39 already-produced episodes of a Star Wars TV series that will never see the light of day. A further 59 scripts for episodes also exist.
TV fans will know of Cousin Oliver - he was The Brady Bunch’s cousin who came to live with the family in the last few episodes of the show before it was cancelled. The thinking was that a cute young kid may revitalise the ageing show.
What I hadn’t really considered is how frequent this plot device was used particularly in US African-American sitcoms.
Better Things star/creator Pamela Adlon has spoken to Vanity Fair about rebuilding the show without co-creative Louis CK involved:
“I’ve never been in a writers’ room, let alone run a writers’ room,” she says. “Sitting down, meeting writers, reading their stuff—how do you do this? Is this person going to get along with this person? It’s like making a table at a fucking Bar Mitzvah.” She hired four writers—two women, two men. Bouncing ideas off of one another was a joy, she says. Phones were turned off. A “sacred space” was created, and story lines emerged. “My mind was being cracked open every day in a new way.”