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to the writers of Community on NBC

It has recently been brought to my attention that I am an awesome writer. In the April 9, 2010 edition of Entertainment Weekly (a magazine I read cover-to-cover as soon as it arrives in the mail), the following quotation was printed in the “SoundBites” feature: entertainment-weekly-community

I’m specifically referring to the Community quote, although I kept the Parks and Recreation quote in because that is a great show that you should all be watching.

We all know that vampires are “in” right now. We’ve got Mormon vampires, cable TV vampires, and of course my favorite: Batman as a vampire. So it comes as no shock that TV comedy writers would be looting that vampire pot o’ gold for their non-vampire shows.

What does strike me as odd is that I used a nearly identical line in Falling Rock less than 3 months ago:2010-01-18-falling-rock-national-park

Plagiarism is the most sincere form of flattery, and I am truly flattered. Honestly, these little coincidences happen all the time. Instead of becoming angry and running to my local Pot o’ Gold Attorney to sue, I would like to make a proposition to the good people at Community. Hire me.

You know I’m good. You’re already using my funny jokes. Hire me to write for your show. I promise to bring donuts in on Fridays. In exchange you can pay me and put my name in tiny credits at the end of the show. It will be super awesome, I promise.


a note to Jeff Gaspin at NBC

parks_and_recSo I hear you’re going to push back the third season of Parks and Recreation until 2011.  This is very disappointing for a variety of reasons.  Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows on TV right now (a tie between it and 30 Rock).  I understand you have a lot on your plate right now, what with commissioning a bunch of new shows for 10pm and finding another lanky, witty redhead to replace Jay Leno someday, but please reconsider this one move.  It doesn’t help anybody.

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but the Thursday night lineup of Community, Parks and Rec, The Office, and 30 Rock is just right.  In executive land, when something works you have to fix it.  Why don’t we just pretend the current slate of shows doesn’t work so it can stay the same?

Parks and Recreation is, in its second season, far better than most shows, ever.  With each episode the characters and the town of Pawnee, Indiana expand in natural, interesting directions.  There is not a weak link among the cast.  Ron Swanson has become the Libertarian father I never had.  Rashida Jones is always a favorite.  And of course parks are a resource I hold close to my heart.

It doesn’t matter the reason: bring back Parks and Recreation this fall, not next year.  Do me this favor and I promise to watch your shows on an actual TV set instead of on the computer or DVD.parks and rec