The Roddenberry Reputation

Discussion in 'Star Trek - Original Series' started by Ssosmcin, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Ssosmcin

    Ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Also, it wasn't just Roddenberry saying it. This was backed up by Herb Solow. There's also a difference between a series pilot and a "broadcast" pilot. So, no Roddenberry BS there.
     
  2. Ssosmcin

    Ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Yes, the final rewrites, but Roddenberry wrote as well. Ellison didn't know DC Fontana was involved until the 90's. Ellison's beef has always been with Roddenberry over the rewrites and misquoting him in the press.


    Nope:

    From Memory Alpha: According to Justman and Herb Solow's book, Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, Black didn't get along well with Roddenberry. A week after he finished the script for "The Naked Time", Black discovered that Roddenberry rewrote it, without consulting with him, or even telling him about it. Black was disappointed and never again had the same positive disposition for the series. When he left the show, he celebrated the fact that he no longer worked for Roddenberry. (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, p 139)

    I know, I'm lame enough to have read the book like a dozen times. I have it in a kind of a regular rotation. I didn't say he wasn't. What I had said was that people keep stating or assuming that all he did was create the concept and sit back and have sex while other did the real work. This was far from the truth.
     
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  3. Harvey

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    Who is stating or even assuming that? By all accounts, Roddenberry worked like a dog on the first two seasons of the series (so did Justman, Coon, and others).
     
  4. JarodRussell

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    The entire thread makes me want to jump shouting "Objection, your Honor! Hearsay!"

    Is there anything the members of this board can say about Roddenberry that can be stated with absolute certainty?
     
  5. jayrath

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    Loudly agreed. And to get back to the original topic Roddenberry was never a "network executive." No one at Desilu was, though Solow was a former NBC and CBS exec.

    This all reminds me of the myriad theories regarding Jack the Ripper, which have taken in various impossible suspects including Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland."
     
  6. horatio83

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    Some fans hunger for any kind of background trivia and tales from people who worked on Trek so it is understandable (but of course not excusable) that they might view them as facts.
     
  7. SeerSGB

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    The only behind the scenes stuff I typically care about are either production-design (how it goes from concept, to blueprint, to set/model, and the steps in between) and the busines side of the writing office (concept, drafts, the why some ideas that are better get killed for less ideals or vice versa, and how they planned around resources/money when writing). I do care that credit gets put where credit is due, but that's just case I think we can't forget or downplay people contributions at the expense of making one person into a legend. The how and who is fucking who on the cast couch has never been much interest to me.
     
  8. RandyS

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    He was born?
     
  9. Admiral Buzzkill

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    No.

    Oh - Hi, Harvey! ;)
     
  10. JoeD80

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    Um that summary definitely skips over part of the story that's in the book. It was very definitely personal as well; there's a bit in there on practical jokes played on Black, and how he went from being friendly to always having his office door closed because he didn't want to deal with Roddenberry.
     
  11. Coloratura

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    You better have some evidence to back that up, Mister. :p
     
  12. Ssosmcin

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    Granted, which still doesn't take away from the fact that he was upset at having his work rewritten by Gene and that played a big part in his decision to leave. Which still supports that Roddenberry was doing plenty of writing on the series, which was my only point.
     
  13. Ssosmcin

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    It's been dropped or hinted at in this thread and outside this one. That's where I've been noticing the general change to "Roddenberry did nothing but create the series and chase skirts" attitude of some of the people on the BBS.
     
  14. Noname Given

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    Well, yes and no. The fuirst GI pilot was screened to audiences twice - one was the cut the studio wanted and one was the cut SS wanted; and SS's cut tracked better. There was a second pilot commissioned and made (that SS picked up half the tab on - which replaced the character of "Bunny" (a secretary) with "Ginger" (the actress); but two completely seperate pilots were shot, even if some footage of the first was used in the second.)

    As for "Lost In Space" - considering the complete change in background (to add "Dr. Smith" as the evil protagonist out to sabotage the mission and kill the Robinsons <--- He was a REALLY great and truly evil character in the first half of the season IMO - very different from the 'bumbling coward' character type he morphed into (at Harris' own request, which probably served him well as to keeping the job in later seasons); the point is, they shot A LOT of new footage and excised the majority of the original footage (used it in bits and pieces of later first season episodes here and there); but my point:

    GR was trying to say it was a totally unheard of thing for Networks to essentially give shows where the first pilot failed to 'sell' a show on the first version -- to make it seem as "yes, the Network did see something 'special' in his 'vision'..."; when in fact, while not all that common, it was hardly anything unheard of in the TV business of the day.
     
  15. ZapBrannigan

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    For evil protagonist, read "antagonist." :)

    I agree with a lot of your points, btw. And I like LIS.
     
  16. Harvey

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    That would be plausible, except the Solow/Justman book, which (mostly) tries to debunk the Roddenberry mythology, also asserts that it was unheard of for a network to turn down one pilot but order a second one.

    I believe the difference between Star Trek and these other shows being discussed (and correct me if I am wrong) is that the other shows were bought after the first pilot, and then re-tooled for the series proper. Star Trek underwent the same process (the additions of McCoy, Uhura, and Rand; the change of job for Sulu; new costumes; etc.), but only after the second pilot was accepted.
     
  17. Nerys Myk

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    The a pilot for what would become Dick Van Dyke Show was originally called Head of the Family and starred Carl Reiner as "Rob Petrie". It failed to get picked up.
     
  18. JoeD80

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    The network didn't finance the first "Head of the Family" pilot. It was made on spec and the William Morris agency attempted to sell it.

    That was a different situation than NBC which did finance both Trek pilots.
     
  19. Nerys Myk

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    Didn't say they did. Just that one version of the show didn't sell and one did.
     
  20. JoeD80

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    The point is it's not the same situation as having a second pilot ordered after the first pilot was rejected by the very same people, which was the context of the conversation above.