Los Angeles is no stranger to glamour, celebrity . . . and murder. When Susan Kaplan moves to L.A. to become a TV writer, she's thrilled to be hired as a writers' assistant on the well-regarded but low-rated TV series Babbitt & Brooks. The last thing she expects, however, is that she'd find herself working for the beautiful yet seriously neurotic Rebecca Saunders, the show's less-than-competent associate producer who may or may not have gotten the job by sleeping with Babbitt & Brooks' demanding creator and executive producer, Ray Goldfarb.
And Susan definitely doesn't expect to find murdered Rebecca's body in her office at the studio early one morning. When the police learn that Rebecca torpedoed Susan's writing career shortly before her death, Susan becomes their number one suspect. Determined to prove her innocence and find the murderer, Susan discovers that all her colleagues have secrets they would kill to protect. From producers to writers to stars, it seems that the hopes and dreams of nearly everyone associated with the show were being threatened by Rebecca.
Despite the danger to her own life, Susan remains determined to find Rebecca's killer and in the process unmasks the dirty little secrets behind the making of a primetime television series. She learns that real life behind the camera is far more dramatic than the fictional one in front of it.
Lisa Seidman draws on her thirty years of experience as a successful television writer to take the reader behind the scenes and show how the struggle to achieve high ratings truly can lead to murder.
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About the Author
For five years, Lisa was the head writer on the phenomenally successful, award-winning Russian primetime serial, Poor Anastasia, as well as Sins of the Fathers, Talisman of Love, and the Russian adaptation of Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty in the U.S.).
She received an Emmy nomination for her work on Guiding Light as well as Writers Guild nominations for Guiding Light and Sunset Beach.
After a year writing for One Life to Live she returned to Moscow as the head writer of One Night of Love, which was nominated for an International Emmy Award.
Lisa spent two years as an elected member of the Writers Guild of America, West Board of Directors and wrote for the daytime serial Days of Our Lives for which she was awarded an Emmy.
She is currently teaching TV writing at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and most recently wrote for Hollywood Heights, a teen soap for Nickelodeon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Killer Ratings has humor, irony, and a murder to solve. This is a charming book full of Hollywood dishing. Lots of fun.
Lisa knows this topic and delivers a great read in the world she works and knows so well with lots of personalities and twists and turns in the plot. A great book for that long train ride or plane trip or just any time.