Ya just never know, mate

Updated: December 16, 2011, 1:57 PM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

It was a few days after Thanksgiving and my writing partner Eric Abrams and I were, once again, unemployed. We had just finished working as semi-low-level writers on a sitcom called "Union Square." Executive produced by the famed director James Burrows ("Cheers," "Friends," "Will & Grace," etc.) among others, it had been an NBC Thursday night show slotted between "Friends" and "Seinfeld." It couldn't miss.

Except, of course, it did. It was not a good show and I learned many lessons ...

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