Creating a New Series

I’m through the fourth episode of The Good Fight on CBS All Access, the sequel to the free CBS network series The Good Wife, both created by Robert and Michelle King. I’m very much enjoying the new show, which feels fresh and really interesting even though the program continues with many of the characters from the original. The Good Wife ran for seven award winning seasons — both of the Kings and star Juliana Margulies announced they wouldn’t show up for an eighth. If you’re willing at all to consider a paid TV subscription, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s like Netflix or Amazon Prime, but specific to CBS.

As someone interested in both creativity and writing, I’m curious about what, for the creators, gave this new show momentum when the vitality of the old one seems to have ebbed. I wish I could ask Robert and Michelle King that question.

There’s a life parallel here, I suspect. After finishing the memoir, I’ve continued blogging, seeing family and friends, working out and enjoying the cultural life of downtown Seattle. But I had a chunk of time that was suddenly free and rather flat — when I have nothing else to do, I read news feeds about Trump, which is hardly good for me or for my reading audience. So I dipped my toe into offering some pro bono consulting through the Seattle Foundation, and I’m now working with two groups. One is emerging and growing rapidly; the other has been around in one form or another for a long time, and is focusing hard on survival in this suddenly more difficult funding climate.

I like being back in the consulting role, at least on these limited terms where I dip in and out, offering  my expertise and then letting those directly involved run with the new information. I have no desire to get more involved in either of the groups — still honoring my strong sense in retirement that I don’t want to be committed on a regular basis to things like meetings, generating data, or hitting objectives. But in this limited role, I’m happy and challenged.

I suspect my 70+ year old life will continue to unfold in this way: a little bit ad hoc, with each element of uncertain duration. I just read an article in the NY Times about what retirees wanted to share with younger people, and I think this ad hoc nature of things is something I really didn’t know in advance.

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