Thanks to Angela Santomero, with whom I have collaborated on another smaller venture, I had the opportunity to write an episode (“Fruit Picking Day”) of a recently launched TV show that spun off from a TV show I grew up on.
The old: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The new: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, an animated sequel of sorts, aimed at preschoolers.
I wrote the script under tight deadline in the summer of 2010; it debuted the fall of 2012. I don’t normally write for people that young, and won’t be writing more Daniel, but this was a great challenge and a true honor. As is typical in TV, my script was reworked in parts, but my core idea (“Everyone is big enough to do something”) is there, plus it’s always fun to see one’s name in the credits of anything.
I hope one day I’ll get the chance to write for youth-directed spin-offs of other favorite shows of my formative years: Saturday Night Live, Family Ties, and The Twilight Zone.