Burbank, CA: Fox Broadcasting Company / Warner Brothers Television / Sweet Freedom Productions / Main Sequence Productions, 1993-1994. Archive of original scripts for all 27 episodes of "The George Carlin Show," which ran on Fox for two seasons in 1994 and 1995, with multiple drafts of each episode, totaling 196 scripts. Also included are several key pieces of ephemera relating to the development and writing of the show. Altogether, a thoroughly comprehensive and researchable archive detailing a writing process that attempted to digest and reconstruct the persona of one of the most iconoclastic and influential (not to mention foul mouthed) standup comics for mainstream viewing. From the estate of series co-creator Sam Simon.
One of the most important and influential television producers and directors of the last 30 years, Sam Simon is best known, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, as the co-creators of "The Simpsons." Simon won a remarkable nine Emmy Awards, seven for "The Simpsons," and two for "The Tracy Ullman Show," and was nominated another ten times, for his work on both those shows, as well as his contributions to "Cheers," "Taxi," and "The Gary Shandling Show."
Created by Simon and George Carlin, "The George Carlin Show" ran for two seasons on Fox from 1994 to 1995. Carlin played New York cabbie George O'Grady, who, when not haranguing fares, spent most of his time at a bar modeled on Carlin's real life Morningside Heights haunt haranguing his fellow patrons, which, characteristically of the post-"Seinfeld" boom in sitcoms created around standup comics, allowed the writers to incorporate elements of Carlin's stage routines into the show. In his posthumously published autobiography, "Last Words," Carlin said of the show "I had a great time. I never laughed so much, so often, so hard as I did with [the] cast members," but did not get along with co-creator Simon, a view Simon attributed in an interview to the show's "cancellation [affecting] George's attitude towards the work in retrospect," and he considered the show "a very special period of my life."
The majority of scripts are housed in 27 generic black ring binders, with one binder per episode, each containing between three and nine scripts. Binders for each episode may contain First or Writer's Drafts, Table Read scripts, Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green and Goldenrod revised scripts, Final Collated scripts compiled from the various revisions, and As Broadcast scripts, reflecting the script as it aired.
Also included are 18 scripts for various episodes, many of which are working copies with holograph annotations, edits, and corrections throughout, including a script for an unproduced episode co-written by cast member Anthony Starke, and, most importantly, six drafts of the pilot episode dating from 1993 with holograph annotations and changes in several hands throughout, including Carlin's, giving a detailed look at the development of the pilot.
Several pieces of ephemera also related to the writing of the show are also part of the archive, including five pages of typed and holograph notes dated 3/16/93, a Treatment script for Season One, Episode Eight, "George Destroys a Way of Life," dated 9/17/93, with substantial holograph annotations, a treatment, dated 9/17/93, for an unproduced episode titled "George Proves Something," with holograph annotations, and three pages of ideas for episodes, none of which were produced, from staff writers Darrell Vickers and Andrew Nicholls, dated 7/5/94.
Also included are a fax from fellow comedian Richard Lewis to Carlin, dated 4/14/92, recommending two writers for the show, a faxed noted signed from Carlin to Sam Simon, followed by faxed two typed pages of thoughts on "creeping niceness" which Carlin has circled the "most useful" portions, two packets of photocopied press clippings about the show assembled by Warner Brothers Television, dated 2/1/94 and 6/6/94 respectively, several holograph marker draft sketches of the show's logo, and a one page faxed memo from Standards and Practices at Fox to Simon regarding the Season One episode "George Speaks His Mind," here and elsewhere in the archive referred to by the working title "George Says Fuck," an episode built around Carlin's famous "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine.
Finally, the archive contains several pieces of physical media, including five U-matic and one D2 video cassettes for various aspects of post-production on five episodes, including a "Fuck Beep Test" reel from the "George Speaks His Mind" episode, a one inch reel-to-reel video tape labeled "George Carlin Buttefly Logo," a 1/2 inch reel-to-reel audio tape DAT transfer of music and audio cues, and a laser disc of Season One Episode Two, "George Sees an Airplane," produced by Main Sequence Productions, likely made to promote the show to affiliates or advertisers.
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Scripts and other paper material generally Near Fine or better. Scripts are first generation photocopies, with no copied holes. Physical media appearing Fine on visual inspection.