Yes, it wasn't a bad Monday, particularly the 18-49 numbers. Although now, of course, you have to wait for the live +3 numbers, which don't come in for a week. All our metrics now are ... tricksy. It's worth noting that when I started in this industry, pre-ad-supported cable, anything under a 15-share was instant death.
Anyway, tonight's the regular time-slot, so if you dug the premiere watch us new at 10pm tonight. It was intended as a "soft relaunch" to establish the regular location of the show -- Los Angeles -- the crew's cover story/offices, etc. Tonight also has a spiffy Apollo-Robbins choreographed three-person pickpocket done all in one continuous shot.
Alert viewers will be able to trace most of the writing inspirations from current news events. All the veterans in the hospital scene are actual vets, btw, including our guest star Jake McLaughlin, who was stop-lossed for his fourth year in Iraq. Jake's a ridiculously good actor with a great, quiet presence, and I look forward to being able to brag I hired him early in what will be a very fine career.
Most fun during the shoot? Robert Pine plays one of our villains. That meant CHiPs stories. Wild, wild CHiPS stories. Peyote and a naked Erik Estrada wrestling a bear ...
I'm talking to TNT later about maybe releasing scripts, for the Spec Monkeys and educational purposes. Also, Downey and I shot some two-minute "From the Writer's Room" bumps that ought to be up soon. We're not as interesting as the actors, but we ... squint more. No, seriously, I can't imagine why you'd watch them, but apparently people do.
P.S.: There's also an online game, with a $100,000 grand prize. That money was supposed to pay for my swank office, so I'd like to see one of my readers win it to at least partially justify why I ate lunch in my car for four months. Go get 'em.