Laser Time – Creators Fired!

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The sad, strange tales of Dan Harmon, Aaron Sorkin, John K and other creative visionaries forcibly removed from the projects they brought to life…

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17 thoughts on “Laser Time – Creators Fired!

    1. He wasn’t really fired, though. He stepped down when the original cast’s contracts expired. At least that’s what I remember from SNL’s oral history.

  1. This always feels weird and usually leads to crappier results, but I guess that’s what happens when you make something for someone else / make something odd that ends up becoming popular.

  2. In ten years time we’ll end up finding how difficult dave was to work with because chris didnt want him to keep talking about wrestling. every ten minutes.

  3. I love that Diana is such a cinephile. She has such a wealth of knowledge of old cinema and it’s amazing listening to her rattle off all this information about classic Hollywood, in a time when everyone is overly obsessed with current recycled pop culture. I’m nearly pop cultured out because so many podcasts and YouTube channels cover it, its just refreshing to hear Diana talk about stuff I didn’t live through, have maybe a passing knowledge of and am curious about because very little documentation exists from early to mid 20th century cinema.

    1. Depends on what you mean by documentation. There’s tons of behind the scenes stuff that’s leaked out over the years, but I think the reason you don’t hear as much about it was the studios were factories that kept bad press on lockdown.

      If a director or actor was a problem on a movie, he was was suspended from working on anything – a gap on your resume looks bad, and the other studios wouldn’t want you when your contract was up.

      Now everybody’s a free agent, so trouble will hurt your career, but there are always other studios/independents/investors/foreign markets who could give you the money.

      And thanks! I’m sick of modern pop culture, too! But I just thought it was because I’m old and out of touch!

  4. I don’t know if it was when I grew up, or Canadian networks not wanting to broadcast it, but Ripping Friends was the only John K show i ever saw as a kid, and it was on a lot. Still haven’t seen Ren and Stimpy

  5. Great episode. The example I always go to for this subject that didn’t come up in the show is Thief and the Cobbler. Decades of production thanks to Richard William’s insistence on perfection led to the movie being taken from him and hastily completed as a turgid Aladdin knock-off.

  6. America’s Funniest People was Dave Coulier and the OG, pre-Tara, voice of Harley Quin, Arleen Sorkin.

    Sorkin left after a while and was replaced by everyone’s favorite hood Ornament, Tawny Kitaen.

    1. I can only speak for myself as someone who got drunk WITH Dan Harmon AT his behest and expense: He was the coolest dude ever and talking video games, comics/superheroes, wrestling, all his work and just life itself with the man was one of the most surreal but incredibly fun times I’ve had. I think it’s hard sometimes to realize the power and influence one can wield as a public figure and when you have a much closer relationship with your fans as Dan does it can get tricky when emotions (and alcohol) muddy the waters.

  7. There’s a great interview with John k and Billy West) when he was still on the Stern show)

    His illness comes across very clearly you feel really badly for Billy in the exchange.

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