Diana Son and Charlie Rubin at CI Writer's farewell dinner
August 7, 2008
Dear CI fans,
Greetings from Charlie Rubin and Diana Son! This is our first time writing directly to you and we appreciate this chance to share with you some news and encouragement.
It's true that we are leaving CI after many rewarding, exciting and fulfilling years writing for this uniquely intelligent and thought-provoking show. We have had the pleasure of working for both Rene Balcer and Warren Leight and many talented and wonderful fellow writers. Not to mention our unsung but spectacular crew. We'll save our words of appreciation and praise for the cast for later. But since there has been speculation about our futures, we wanted to address them specifically.
We were both at the end of our contracts and knew at the beginning of the season that this would be our last. Not out of any dissatisfaction with the show or our roles in making it, but because we both have passion projects that we have put on hold while we've put our hearts and souls into CI. Since we both hope to write movies or create our own shows
we thought the end of our contracts would be a natural time to commit ourselves to our own work.
We feel confident that your and our beloved CI is in good hands with the new showrunners and writing staff - extremely talented, highly-experienced writers and directors whose track records bear this out. As the new writing showrunners currently live in L.A., they will be running the writing staff out of L.A. This is neither uncommon nor controversial. It is in fact, practical above all else. In any case, we both left of our own accord. Though it was bittersweet to say goodbye to a family we had grown close to and looked forward to seeing every day.
We know this is a challenging time for you fans, as there is so much change in process. But remember that writing staff turnover is always healthy for the continued life of a series. CI has been successful, and we can all assume that it will be the intention of everyone involved to keep CI successful by appealing to its current fan base and building upon it.
And you can trust that Vincent, Katie, Julianne and Eric will continue to do the extraordinary work for which you have counted on them. They are the most interesting and engaging cast on t.v, and it has been a true pleasure to work so closely with them. Wonderful artists and people. Chris Noth, who devoted so much of his career to the L&O franchise will be missed, but Jeff Goldblum is going to be amazing too. We had the chance to sit next to Jeff one day recently on set, while he was observing a day of shooting, and we can tell you the guy is psyched! He has loads of enthusiasm for the show, and is creating, with the new showrunners, a fascinating character for you to become captivated by.
We also want to thank you fans for your dedicated support and inspired actions during the strike. We couldn't have won without you! Thank you for the emails, the pencils, the phone calls, the sandwiches and more!
Writing for CI has been a fantastic experience. We learned a lot about just about everything you can and wouldn't want to think of! Mothers killing their children, serial-killing daughters who are just trying to get daddy's attention, incest, beheadings, bodies sawed in half, dropping bodies from the wheel-wells of airplanes… If we don't get arrested by the FBI, who are tracking our suspicious google searches, you'll see our names on your t.v. or movie theatre screens before too long.
In the meantime, keep watching CI. It will always be the show you love.
With thanks and affection,
Diana Son and Charlie Rubin
Thanks to Peachybc of Majorcase-ci.com