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Jul 2015

Unsold Television Pilots: Everything You Never Saw on TV

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I began writing it when I was nine years old. By the time I finished it, I was in my early twenties and was far enough along in my TV career that one of my filmed, unsold pilots actually became an entry in this book (If You Knew Sammy, a potential spin-off from Spenser: For Hire). I appreciated the irony. It somehow seemed fitting.

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27

Jun 2015

The Best of the Worst is Back

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I’m delighted that my book The Best TV Shows That Never Were was published this week in slick ebook and trade paperback editions. But it’s not a new book. It was originally published back in 1991, following the enormous success of my big, fat hardcover Unsold Television Pilots 1955-1989 (which is coming out very soon as an ebook, for the first time ever, and for the first time in a new, single volume trade paperback edition).

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15

Jun 2015

Unsold Television Pilots 1955-1989

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THE TV REFERENCE BOOK THAT BECAME A NATIONAL MEDIA SENSATION “Full of fool’s gold and genuine TV treasures” —New York Post “A must-browse for media freaks” —USA Today “A remarkable encyclopedia” —TV Guide This is the ground-breaking, exhaustively-researched book that revealed, for the first time ever, all of the details behind the thousands of TV series […]

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10

Apr 2015

Working up a Storme: WL Ripley on Creating Series Characters

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Wyatt Storme evolved from a love of mystery characters like Travis McGee, Spenser, and the protagonists of Elmore Leonard’s many novels. But in shaping Storme as a series lead, I wanted a neo-classic mystery/thriller hero who would seem familiar and yet would be uniquely his own person and uniquely my own creation.

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08

Apr 2015

The Mail I Get – I Don’t Remember Edition

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“I’ve long admired your work on Diagnosis Murder, especially the fifth season. I emailed you about ten years ago asking if you had a floor plan of the beach house from Diagnosis Murder. You said you had one but misplaced it. I’ve taken it upon myself to draw a floor plan myself using footage from the show as well as from satellite images…”

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07

Apr 2015

The Mail I Get – Monk Edition

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I still get lots of questions and comments each day about my Monk books… here’s a sampling: Dear Lee, It was with mixed feelings that I read Mr. Monk’s last adventure.  Happiness at reading more enjoyable Monk escapades, and sadness that there will be no more of them. I did appreciate that one of the lipo-suction patients […]

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06

Apr 2015

The Recipe Behind Gerald Duff’s MEMPHIS RIBS

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My friend author Gerald Duff shares the story behind the writing of his tasty new novel Memphis Ribs, which Entertainment Weekly calls ‘A tangy tale of murder, gang warfare, crack cocaine, and barbecue.’ I’m sucker for a great thriller and for barbecue, so this was a home run for me!

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