THE LAST HOLLYWOOD ROMANCE by Beverly Bloomberg

THE LAST HOLLYWOOD ROMANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bloomberg wrote for shows like Happy Days and Welcome Back, Kotter. In this twee he-said/she-said romance, she’s smarter than that material, but the sensibility isn’t far off. Idealistic Emmaline Goldman Grosvenor, 28, joins the writing staff of Life With Lucky, a popular, low-brow sitcom, unprepared for the behind-the-scenes Machiavellian politics. Fortunately, she’s partnered with beaten-down, 42-year-old hack Bud Goodman, who, despite having learned to look out for Number One, takes her under his world-weary wing. In chapters alternately narrated by Bud and Emmaline, we watch the machinations of producer/mogul Mike Lanetti, a success despite cerebral palsy, the effects of which are a frequent source of humor. When the show’s star stalks off in a snit, Emmaline and Bud write a stellar script taking the show forward without him—and falling in love in the process; when the star returns, they realize they were just pawns in Lanetti’s game. Together, they leave the show, for the possibility of something better. Light, cute, and sporadically entertaining, but also obvious and immediately forgettable.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-882593-36-7
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Bridge Works
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2000




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