I was sitting next to showrunner and series main-director Luke Matheny going over minor changes to our script for the finale. Our producer came over and said “Someone wants to talk to you”. He held out his phone, speaker on, and the voice of our production manager told us the WGA award nominations had just been released.
Four of the five nominations in our category went to Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, including the script Luke and I had written together in Season 1, “Gortimer vs. the Relentless Rainbow of Joy”.
If you’ve seen even a single frame of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, you know that our Production Designer, Kristan Andrews, is some kind of genius. She has imbued the show with a unique warmth and glow that flies in the face of every other loud, brash, obnoxious kid TV show out there.
Thirteen new episodes of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street were released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, October 30th for your viewing pleasure. We began planning season 2 way back in December 2014 and it’s a huge relief to finally be able to send these episodes out into the world. It’s a little nerve-wracking too. After all, we have a whole season one to live up to. Sophomore efforts are famously precarious. But I think somehow, despite setting the bar very high, we managed to clear it. Maybe with room to spare.
I’m very happy to be able to announce that Season 2 of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street — all 13 episodes — will be available to watch October 30th on Amazon Prime Video. Check out our official Season 2 launch trailer below.
Not that I’m a workaholic, but I hate hiatus. And we’ve been on hiatus for three weeks which means I’m kind of bonkers. Thankfully, that all comes to an end on Tuesday, right after the Labor Day holiday, and we get back to making more Gortimer episodes. It couldn’t come soon enough. I’ve had some of the worse insomnia I’ve ever had, including one stretch where I simply did not sleep for about 36 hours straight. The truth is that work, especially making-tv-show work, is a great distraction and right now a great distraction is what I need. I don’t want to think about the last few months, I just want to keep marching forward.
I’ve done some rearranging of the furniture, so to speak. The website is now less blog-oriented and more … whatever the opposite of blog-oriented is. The blog is still here, obviously, since you are reading this post. But lets all admit I’m not as frequent a blogger as I used to be. And I’m afraid I have to confess something about the blog I’ve been avoiding — that it has to mutate and evolve along with me. Once it was a very raw, open look at a struggling writer, sleep-deprived film student, dream-deferred artist. But now the dream has arrived and the blog has to evolve into a reflection of whatever this new, professional life looks like. (For the record, sleep is still scarce, and the struggle doesn’t end just because you get your WGA card). If you don’t know what I’m talking about that’s okay, I’m not sure I do either. I guess I just felt — after everything I’ve been through in the last couple of months — that I could use a fresh start in some area of my life. Continue reading
Today the production goes on location for the first day of shooting for Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street season 2, episode 1, or “episode 201” as the cool kids call it.
I’ll be back at the office, however. There’s still much writing to do. This is the hardest part — feeling like all my friends are at a party, and I have homework to do.
Making a show is hard work creatively for sure, but it’s also hard work physically and my hat’s off to everyone today who is hauling equipment and cables and lights and chairs and monitors and props and doing all the other millions things I probably take for granted.
We had a marathon table reading of four episodes last week and it was the first time the cast was back together. It felt like no time had passed at all. It was great to hear Gortimer’s voice again, even if it is sounding more like a teenager’s voice and less like a kid’s.
I can’t say anything too specific about season 2, other than you will see all your favorite characters back in action. We have to acknowledge of course that the kids are a bit older, and taking tentative steps into teenage-hood. But as always, there is much fun, adventure, laughter and, yes, magic in store. And maybe a few tears. Most of all, we’ll continue to experience the enduring friendship of three very smart and resourceful kids. I hope to share more soon.