Just the Funny Parts: ...And a Few Hard Truths about Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club

Just the Funny Parts: ...And a Few Hard Truths about Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club

by Nell Scovell, Sheryl Sandberg

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ISBN-13: 9780062473509
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 33,661
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Nell Scovell is a television writer, producer, and director, She collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on the #1 New York Times bestseller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She is the creator of the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and her TV writing credits include The Simpsons, Coach, Monk, Murphy Brown, Charmed, and NCIS. She has directed two movies for cable television and an episode of Awkward. She has contributed to SPY magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and The New York Times.

She and her husband Colin Summers have two college-age sons. Despite Blue Oyster Cult’s well-reasoned arguments, she still fears the reaper.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sheryl Sandberg ix

Introduction 1

Stage 1 Who Is Nell Scovell?

Chapter 1 Every Character Needs a Backstory 11

Chapter 2 Sports and SPY 21

Chapter 3 The Setup 35

Chapter 4 The Big Twist 49

Chapter 5 The Payoff 67

Stage 2 Get Me Nell Scovell!

Chapter 6 The Simpsons: Fugu Me! 85

Chapter 7 Brush with Greatness: Working for Letterman 107

Chapter 8 The Meet Cute 121

Chapter 9 We're All Oompa Loompas 135

Chapter 10 So You Want to Run a TV Show 151

Stage 3 Get Me a Younger, Cheaper Nell Scovell!

Chapter 11 Poetry Is in the Doing 173

Chapter 12 The Ones That Got Away 189

Chapter 13 You Sexy Motherwriter 203

Chapter 14 The Decade-Long Roller-Coaster Ride 215

Stage 4 Who Is Nell Scovell?

Chapter 15 "Fame Whore" 233

Chapter 16 The One I'd Been Waiting For 249

Chapter 17 Lily Tomlin, the Kennedy Center … and a Surprise Guest 263

Chapter 18 Our Funny President 281

Chapter 19 Stage Five of a Hollywood Writer's Career 293

Job Timeline 305

Acknowledgments 309

Photo Credits 313

Permissions 315

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Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nell’s ability to draw you into the seedy underbelly of the writers room and all that it entails with anecdotal humor and brilliant observations made this a fantastic summer read. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it nonstop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nell Scovell is hilarious. This is her very personal story told in an entertaining way. I didn't want it to end. I hope she continues to write about her life.