The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
Episode Guide | Parole
Johnny Carson once said ‘Television is a business that eats it’s young’ (or something like that…), and for us, that adage was about the voracious appetite the Network Television Production monster has. Every eight working days, a new show starts filming. So every eight working days, you need a shootable script. Even with a large staff, it’s hard to keep churning out quality material that fast. Really hard. But the monster doesn’t care, it just wants to be fed. All that being said, as Executive Producers, one of the scariest things that happens, is when a writer, or in this case a Writer/Producer, turns in a first draft. You get this sick hopeful feeling in the pit of your stomach. You hope it’s good, (you often pray it’s good – even, sort of good) cause if it’s not, your life just kinda sucks, as that production monster starts nipping closer and closer to your butt.
Thus was the place we found ourselves at before Tommy Thompson turned in ‘PAROLE’. The monster was gaining, his stomach was growling, and we were getting to a place where we could easily fall behind and into serious trouble. So with the highest of hopes, and the deepest of fears, we cracked open the script and started reading, and what we found inside was shocking. We were hoping it would be good, would have been satisfied had it just been okay. But it was neither. It was great. So great in fact, that never in our careers, had we read a first draft that was so perfect. It was the first time we’d ever read an entire episode of television and not had a note of some kind no matter how small it might have been. Tommy had always delivered, but on that day, he saved our butts, not to mention or stomach linings. It was the perfect script and we had nothing to say to him but ‘Go make it — it’s terrific’.
This is more of a personal aside and public acknowledgement of Tommy Thompson, and his contribution to this show. Launching and producing a show is like going into battle. You can plan everything to the very last detail, but when the bullets start flying, what’s important, is who is next to you in the foxhole. Tommy is definitely the guy to go to battle with. We couldn’t have done ‘The Pretender’ without him and don’t want to do another series he’s not a part of. Now don’t get us wrong, the guys a complete pain in the ass, but he’s an amazing talent and we love him like a brother. He also cheats at cards.
Little Known Fact:
What’s important, is who is next to you in the foxhole. Tommy is definitely the guy to go to battle with.