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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
A light-hearted, quick read about script-writer Rob Long's quest for a job in 'the business' and his attempts to get his sit-com on TV. In parts it is hilarious, particularly the conversations with his agent and the parts about the absurdity of Hollywood. His second book Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke is also very funny.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly fun but quite flimsy
This is a fun enough read which details the life of writer/producer Rob Long and his attempts, after writing for and producing the final two years of Cheers, to launch his own sitcom. It's fairly amusing stuff, and I can see why at the time it was published it might have been considered a quite fascinating insight in to how television is made, but in these days where...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly fun but quite flimsy, 2 Oct 2012
This review is from: Conversations with My Agent (Paperback)
This is a fun enough read which details the life of writer/producer Rob Long and his attempts, after writing for and producing the final two years of Cheers, to launch his own sitcom. It's fairly amusing stuff, and I can see why at the time it was published it might have been considered a quite fascinating insight in to how television is made, but in these days where showrunners like Russel T.Davies publish an enormous book detailing how they ran their programme, and there's extensive interviews with those behinds the scenes on various sites like The AV Club, you won't learn anything particularly new here.

What makes it worth reading is Long's relationship with his egotistical and quite bizarre agent, and how he's treated by those in the industry at times, but as a lot of it is written in script format it's a very slim read, and only takes a couple of hours to finish.

An enjoyable holiday read then, and if you don't expect too much from it you'll probably enjoy it a fair bit. It's just a shame it's not more detailed and that Long chooses to not name anyone in the business, either!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 3 Feb 2012
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A light-hearted, quick read about script-writer Rob Long's quest for a job in 'the business' and his attempts to get his sit-com on TV. In parts it is hilarious, particularly the conversations with his agent and the parts about the absurdity of Hollywood. His second book Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke is also very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood underbelly, 19 Nov 2012
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Long, a writer and show runner, on Cheers, chronicles the tribulations of writing TV for a living through a series of recreated chats with his agent (and others) as he attempts to get a new show off the ground. Often hilarious, sometimes touching, this is a wonderful insight into the not so glamourous business of TV. The follow up -- Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke is even better.
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