Martini Metamorphosis for HBO.

Well, we turned in the first draft of the pilot script for the half-hour HBO comedy, The Three- Martini Playdate.

 

The “we” to whom I refer is Wendy Goldman, a friend I’ve mentioned in a previous column. She was the one who originally thought my book would make such a good TV show, and happily, her agent agreed with her. And eventually, HBO thought so too.

 

Now, if you’ve readThe Three-

Marti ni Playdate – A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting, you would know that it isn’t exactly a linear narrative. (If you haven’t read it, for heaven’s sake you need to rush out immediately and get it!) It is not a novel. And it isn’t really a conventional parenting book, either. It’s basically me, spouting off my mouth (in a delightfully humorous and good-natured way, of course) about the modern state of parenting. I advise parents to reclaim their grown-up lives and not center their every waking moment around their children. And to try saying “no” once in a while. Sprinkled throughout the ranting is some fine practical advice, which I hope has at least planted a few seeds since the book’s publication. How in the world does something like this become a TV show? Well, if it actually ends up on the television, you’ll get to see.

 

It’s really because of my good friend Wendy that we’re writing the pilot together – if I had just optioned the book to one of the several companies who were hoping to get the rights, it is unlikely that I would have ended up being one of the writers. That’s the way it generally works. But paired with my friend, who happens to have a TV track record and a big-time agent, I got to be the second half of the writing team.

 

I haven’t had a writing partner for years. My last writing partner was my husband. In addition to writing a bunch of goofy scripts (for the Disney Channel before it was the Disney Channel), we wrote a couple of movie scripts together. Writing those two scripts was an incredibly educational experience -- and a lot of fun, too --especially after Columbia Pictures bought one of them. The movie was, sadly, never made. But the writing together? I found the actual process of writing with my husband quite enjoyable. Although I guess it all depends on what the word “enjoyable” means to you.

 

Most couples we knew thought we were crazy to write together. “Are you guys nuts?” was the refrain most often heard, or “you write…together? And you’re still married?” But it worked out well for us – we could work after the baby was asleep. We could take meetings after dinner. We could discuss plot points on the patio or in our bed, wrestle over character arcs at eleven at night or at two in the afternoon. Find me another writing partner who’d enjoy starting work at 9 p.m. The only way we could have finished two scripts (without a nanny and/or household staff) was having the kind of flexibility – and availability – that only comes with living in the same house.