A conundrum, if you will.
Today, I overheard the showrunner talking to some other person who gets paid enough to not know my name: “I don’t know what _____ is going to say when she finds out she doesn’t get one. We’ll just keep assigning them until there aren’t any left, and then we’ll see.”
Except, instead of “_____,” he said the name of a writer that I’m friends with. Well, not really “friends,” so much as “friendly acquaintances,” but still. She’s helped me with some writing, and is generally a nice person. I don’t know what her writing is like (obviously), but she’s good enough that the showrunner hired her in the first place.
So, now, I know something about her that she doesn’t know. They’ve only written six episodes of our thirteen episode order. They’ve probably broken the stories on a few more, but it’ll still be a few weeks before she finds out she’s a producer on a show she won’t have a single writing credit on.
But can I tell her? Is that just spreading rumors? I mean, the executive producer could have been talking about something else. Of course, she’s a writer. What else would she be “assigned,” besides a script?
Plus, what could she do about it? Besides focus on other prospects, since she likely doesn’t have much of a future at this show. I’m not sure telling her would do any good.
On the other hand, I do have a general philosophy of telling the truth, and I don’t like secrets. What do you think I should do?
PS: Boycott the Arclight.
PPS: To all my friends who read this, I’m being facetious in calling for a boycott. I’m just causing trouble and generally being surly. I am trying to be a writer, so I might as well act like one, right?