"THEY LOVE YOU,"she says. "They love the essence of you, and then they want to sanitize you and make it acceptable to their research people in Des Moines." The voice is now American as Ullman--practicing the tradition of biting wit popularized by comedians such as Don Rickles and Joan Rivers--leans across the table in mock sincerity, deriding the process of making deals, doing lunch, taking a meeting with someone in creative development, blowing smoke: "You are hysterical. I have a wonderful idea. I have someone who wrote the 17th episode of 'Laverne & Shirley,' and I think you would be just wonderful together. You're a British nanny and you're just kooky. Don't even look at me now because you're sohhhhhh funny. I'm pitching now. I'm pitching now. There's a kid who shows her nanny around town, a real funny kid and. . . ."
And maybe there will be a TV series on the air, just like the last one, and another and another, TV in triplicates and quadruplicates. "It's all those things they bring back year after year," Ullman says. "Fail with one and bring it back. They swap plots. It's just hours and hours of rubbish." Ullman the critic takes her best shots at: