Fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" have a long wait ahead of them for new episodes. However, an upcoming episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" could be just the thing to tide rabid "Thrones" fans over until Season 4.
"Game of Thrones" writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have written an upcoming episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" titled "Flowers for Charlie." This will be the first episode of "Always Sunny" not penned by a member of the "Sunny" cast or production team.
Benioff and Weiss are far from the first TV fans to get a shot at writing for their favorite TV show. Here are some prime examples of other fans who scored a chance at working for a show they idolized. Some, like Benioff and Weiss, were already working in the industry … but others were just regular fans!
Ronald D. Moore submits fan script, becomes "Star Trek: TNG" writer
Best known to today's TV fans as the man behind the re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica," Ronald D. Moore got his start in the industry by submitting a fan script. While dating a woman who worked on the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" set, Moore was able to pass a fan script he'd written along to a production assistant.
"It went into the slush pile. And it sat in the slush pile for about seven months. When the third season began, a new executive producer came on board … and he went through the slush pile, and found it and bought it and produced it, and asked me to do a second one," Moore told IGN.
Douglas Adams springboards from radio to "Doctor Who"
Best known as the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Douglas Adams was a longtime fan of "Doctor Who." After appearing on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and writing for the radio, Adams was able to use his success to land a spot on the "Doctor Who" staff. Adams was a script editor for the show in the late 1970s, and wrote three scripts for the series.
"Primeval" fan Carim Nahaboo creates a monster that makes it on the show
Carim Nahaboo was just 16 years old when he won a monster-creation contest for the TV series "Primeval." Nahaboo's monster, the Megaopteran, was a mantis-like creature with huge compound eyes.
"Xena" fan-fic writer Melissa Good invited to pen a Season 6 episode
A fan-fiction writer named Melissa Good developed quite the online following after penning a number of fan stories based on "Xena: Warrior Princess." The producers caught wind of her stories, and actually commissioned Good to write the Season 6 premiere, "Coming Home." She penned another episode that same season, "Legacy."
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