Chapter Thirteen – “The Help” Excerpt
Summer Saturdays in New York City are brilliant. She, the sleepless city, awakens even more, particularly with thousands of curious people trying to discover her. Visitors and inhabitants alike. The constant sense of urgent work to be done calms a bit, and a day is simply allowed to be enjoyed. With the increased amount of playtime in the sun, friendships are strengthened and relationships get a little heat too. She is romantically charged with a kinder, gentler energy that makes you want to be out – not just outdoors but outside of typical. It’s what summertime is about, and New York understands summer better than most. With many of her busiest worker bees flying out for the weekend, she’s no longer spilling with a tidal wave rush of caffeine-pumped type As. That makes her pleasant. Never boring, she’s just a softer version of herself still filled with endless possibilities. That makes her fun.
Sure, there is some work that finds its way to the weekend, but an afternoon meeting can turn into lunch and then into hours of cocktails. It is exactly what I’d been doing for the greater part of the afternoon with Krissy and one of my producing partners, André Christopher. Out of the blue André called with great news: The new network “Alive” had reconsidered a talk show we had pitched almost ten months ago. Confronting America would feature a rotating cast of energetic and unique talking heads delivering facts and commentary with a flair not currently seen on TV (or at least that’s how we pitched it). We were meeting to discuss shooting the pilot, and Krissy was going to be one of the regular legal experts. Television wasn’t something she had considered, but as with everything, Krissy was a natural and got it fairly quickly when we used her while shooting our sizzle reel. She was so spot-on that the network specifically asked that we include her in the pilot. We wanted her to be a mix of Judge Judy and Judge Maybelline – irreverent, in-your-face commentary with a big dose of her unique style. Krissy was fully onboard for her role, and André had all of the production details mapped out, so we wrapped up the business and jumped into catching up on everything that wasn’t work. Life. Cocktails. The other good stuff.
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