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toonloon September 12 2013 08:35 PM

TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Hi guys.

I think I read somewhere on these boards a while back that Matthew Weiner (Mad Men creator) was a TOS fan.

I saw an episode where one of the characters had written a spec script for TOS.

I wondered if anyone knew about Matthew Weiner's views/likes on our beloved TOS?

Thanks.

Maurice September 12 2013 09:07 PM

Re: TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Quote:

toonloon wrote: (Post 8636662)
Hi guys.

I think I read somewhere on these boards a while back that Matthew Weiner (Mad Men creator) was a TOS fan.

I saw an episode where one of the characters had written a spec script for TOS.

I wondered if anyone knew about Matthew Weiner's views/likes on our beloved TOS?

Thanks.


From this interview on Hitflix.com Doesn't sound like he's a fan of Trek here, but a fan of Serling.

Quote:

There was a lot of talk of science fiction this year, with Ken's stories, with Ginsberg talking about Mars, Paul writing a "Star Trek" script, and one of Megan's friends auditions for "Dark Shadows." I'm curious why you wanted to hit science fiction so hard. And also, was it purely a coincidence that she's auditioning for "Dark Shadows" in an episode that aired the weekend the movie came out.

Matthew Weiner: That was a total coincidence. (In terms of science fiction), you have to realize that we do look at the calendar and do look at what's happening. There are certain times when I key into things. The amount of UFO sightings in New York City from 1959 to 1970 are huge. Science fiction starts in the 50s and it's always seen as a Cold War phenomenon, but it really comes into fruition and reaches the mass culture look at "Star Trek" getting on national TV in the mid-'60s. It's something we found that was everywhere. And it was a way for people to talk about very profound things. "The Twilight Zone," I'm obviously a huge fan. I always love seeing that interview of Rod Serling saying, "Oh, I'm just telling little stories..." And he's getting to do this incredible cultural critique every week. We're talking about a society that is subversive and, in the midst of success, sort of overwhelmed with deeper issues, like what is our purpose and can we be a better society? That's sort of what happened by the end of the '60s: a lot of ideological things come into play because the financial needs are being met. Science fiction's a part of that. It was really derived from that period. And Ken gets to tell a story about his life, or about Pete's, the genre he picks is science fiction, because just like the rest of his life he can hide the deeper meaning under this fantastical story. I am a huge science fiction fan, and I loved it when I started seeing it was really, really on everyone's mind. Once something gets on national television, it's everywhere. When we started the show, I thought how big all of the beatnik jokes were. Oh, this is not a small thing anymore, by 1960, the whole culture is laughing about it. When you have Maynard G. Krebs on a national TV show, then my mom and dad know what a beatnik was.

trevanian September 13 2013 12:11 AM

Re: TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Quote:

toonloon wrote: (Post 8636662)
Hi guys.

I think I read somewhere on these boards a while back that Matthew Weiner (Mad Men creator) was a TOS fan.

I saw an episode where one of the characters had written a spec script for TOS.

I wondered if anyone knew about Matthew Weiner's views/likes on our beloved TOS?

Thanks.

If he had been a really big fan, he'd've had Paul's spec script called REQUIEM FOR A MARTIAN.

Harvey September 13 2013 12:29 AM

Re: TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Weiner is obviously a big Serling fan; he's recorded several commentary tracks which are on the Blu-Rays.

toonloon September 13 2013 12:47 PM

Re: TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Wow. Thanks guys. Thanks Maurice.

The reason why I brought this up was it just suddenly occurred to me that Peggy Olsen IS DC Fontana.

toonloon September 15 2013 11:37 PM

Re: TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Here's my reasoning... Peggy started off as don's assistant, did a bit of copy writing then became head of creative.

DC started as gene's assistant, sold some scripts on the side and did some rewriting on TOS then became head writer.

I think mr Weiner is a bigger trek fan than he let on.

Maurice September 16 2013 04:28 AM

Re: TOS and Matthew Weiner
 
Or, that could just be a coincidence, and it ignores the fact that she sold scripts BEFORE Star Trek.


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