Ricktopia Interviews

Lee Goldberg

Writer of TV shows ("Martial Law," "Diagnosis Murder," as well as many others), books ("My Gun Has Bullets," "Beyond the Beyond"), Lee Goldberg along with his writing partner, William Rabkin are responsible for many of the TV episodes we've all seen on TV over the last decade. Lee even wrote a reference book about TV. This book, "has become the bible for television development, and required reading for every studio and network executive, and includes everything you need to know about writing a TV episode." You can find out everything you need to know about Lee at www.leegoldberg.com.

Check out what Lee has to say about Rick right here.


What exactly is an Executive Producer?

The writer in charge of all aspects of a TV series... the scripts, the casting, the music, the wardrobe, the whole she-bang.

What was your first image of Rick Springfield prior to meeting him? How about once you did meet him?

Well, for one thing, my brother and sister loved his music and played his stuff all the time. I can't say I'm a devoted fan, but I've enjoyed his music and some of his acting. He was quite charming and self-deprecating in HIGH TIDE -- probably the best acting he's done. He was relaxed, easy-going, sort of "Magnum-esque." It's a shame more people didn't get the opportunity to see HIGH TIDE, with a better budget and more exposure, it could have been a hit.

I only met him briefly on the set, and found him to be pleasant, friendly, and very professional. During one scene, it must have been 3000 degrees outside, and he was being harrassed by swarms of bees, but he didn't let either nuisance get in the way of his performance.

Why did you decide to enter the field you are in?

I love TV and I love writing, so it seemed like the perfect career for me.

How does being in the TV industry compare to being a published author? Does one feed from the other?

They are very different, as different as being both a rock star and an actor! TV is a group effort, writing books is more lonely. There are pluses and minuses to both.

Did you have anything to do with the casting of Rick Springfield for the "Friendly Skies" episode on MARTIAL LAW? What was it like on the set with him (if you were there that is)...

Yeah, I was the one who said... "Hey, let's try to get Rick Springfield for the part." And then I was the one who made him an offer once our casting people discovered he was available.

Being so close to HIM was just too much to stand... I fainted the moment I stepped on the set. Actually, it was just a job for me and, I suspect, just a job for him. That said, he was the consumate professional, a pleasure to work with, and he gave a great performance. I hope we get the chance to work together again some time. 

What's your favorite Rick Springfield song?

Jessie's Girl. 

What have you read lately (Tod's new book excluded!), and what are you reading now?

I'm currently reading FAST FOOD NATION. I just finished reading the galleys of western novelist Elmer Kelton's upcoming new book.

What kind of people do you like to work with?

Talented people... but above all, nice people.

Have you seen Rick in EFX ALIVE at the MGM in Las Vegas?

No, I haven't. 

How would you describe yourself?

A professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.

What shows are you currently working on? Future?

I'm currently writing a movie for A&E and a movie for the USA Network.



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