I spent the day out in Summit, NJ working with the MONK writing staff on our next script for the show. It is so much fun cracking a story with them — you spend the whole day laughing (a stark contrast to, say, plotting a story on MISSING). These guys have way, way too much fun. It’s a shame all shows can’t be like this.
The script began as an adaptation of my novel MR. MONK GOES TO THE FIREHOUSE but, for a number of reasons, is evolving into something very different and, I think, very funny. By the end of the week, my writing partner Bill Rabkin and I should be heading back to L.A. with an approved outline and the go-ahead to script.
What’s really weird for me is working on the MONK script by day, then returning to my hotel room to work on the MONK book by night. I’m telling stories about the same character, but in two very different mediums.
I’m squeezing in a little socializing while I’m here — dinner with my literary agent on Wednesday, breakfast with my publishers on Thursday, and dinner on Thursday with my old friend Terry Winter, an exec producer on THE SOPRANOS. He’s come a long, long way since we worked together on THE COSBY MYSTERIES and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FLIPPER.