Podcast: The Knights of Prosperity

The cast of The Knights of Prosperity

This week, we talk with Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, creators of the new ABC series "The Knights of Prosperity." The series follows a crew of working-class heroes as they attempt to rob Mick Jagger's luxurious penthouse. Beckerman and Burnett are veterans of David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, where they also developed the cult favorite dramedy "Ed." Both got their start writing for The Late Show, and Burnett now runs Worldwide Pants.

The new series premiers Wednesday, January 3rd at 9/8C on ABC.

(Note that by popular demand, we're trying a new format for TSOYA podcasts. Each podcast will be a seperate interview, typically running 20-30 minutes, rather than an hourlong radio broadcast. You should generally 1-3 new podcasts per week. If you have any feedback about this, I'd love to hear it. Oh... and if you're a real nerd like me, you might notice that the files have a new naming convention: tsoyaYYMMDD_Guest.mp3. This is to make it easier for you to sort them on your hard drive, and easier for those without high-tech MP3 players to find the shows they want.)

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Jesse, I like the new idea. More frequent and shorter is good.

Was it just me, or did anyone else get offended when Rob Burnett expressed amusement that a janitor-type guy who worked at Rockefeller Center (I think that's the place) went to therapy. "You know, like he was a real person and not just a shell of a man like we all thought." I'm paraphrasing, of course, but that's the way it sounded to me.I'm not Mr. knee jerk PC guy, and maybe this isn't how he meant it, but it made Rob sound like a real jerk.

Jesse, I wonder if you've thought about using the standard feed for the individual segments, but offering we visitors a separate feed with the full episodes? I'd love the option, and don't think it would be to great a burden on your time or bandwidth.

Tim -- it wasn't just you, but I don't think it was intended that way. I remember being a bit surprised, but I don't think Rob meant any ill will.Anon -- Yes, but... there are a couple of catches that make that a hassle. The biggest is that I don't pay for bandwidth in the traditional way, but rather in a sort of per-feed-per-storage way. The other is that the radio version of the show and podcast version are seperate mixes anyway, so it would really add a third mix to... the mix. So to speak. But I will nonetheless take it under advisement.

I don't think Rob Burnett should take any blame for being a complete douche about being surprised at how the lower classes have inner lives that are as "valid" as TV millionaires. After all, those guys got jobs on Letterman right out of college, and apparently haven't had to worry about where their next paycheck is coming from for at least a decade. It's only natural that they couldn't understand that the guy who empties their garbage can would dream of having a house in the Hamptons of equal or greater size to their own. I mean, come on, these people should know their places by now, am I right?

I appreciate that you posted this.

All,I have not yet listened to the podcast, but when I left work that day, I actually found myself thinking, "I wonder if what I said about the guy in our building seeing a psychiatrist will come off as condescending?" Someone told me about your comments, so I guess I have my answer.I think I was clumsy in making my point, which ironically was the exact opposite of the one I seemed to accidentally make.What I was trying to say is that so often in film and television we see a guy having a mid-life crisis because he has everything and is bored. I'm tired of that. Rather than writing about a guy suffering from ennui -- boo hoo -- what about exploring the more urgent and interesting situation of people who have not had a chance to realize their dreams at all? This is what the Knights of Prosperity is about. Good, solid, hard-working guys (and gal) who are fed up. They want their piece of the pie, their piece of the American dream. They have inner lives -- just like the hard-working guy I spoke about in the podcast -- and they deserve better.So they choose an odd (and hopefully funny) way of going after better lives -- yes, they become thieves -- but the show celebrates them. For comedy's sake they sometimes do silly things; however, there is an underlying love for them in the writing. The Knights have a code. They're honest. They're good. They want what circumstance has prevented them from getting. I feel about these characters just as I feel about anyone in real life, who, in the words of Eugene Gurkin, "wasn't born with a silver spoon in their mouth," but instead "was born with a plastic spork up their ass."Again, I haven't heard the podcast, but the fact that you commented on the very thing that was nagging at me makes me think you must be right: I expressed myself poorly.So, bottom line: is there any way you could re-categorize me from "Douche" to "Totally Inept"? I can assure you this would be more accurate.Rob Burnett