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How Did Debra Messing React To The News That The Mysteries Of Laura Had Been Cancelled?

Here's how we think it might have gone down, in a series of emails between Messing and key members of Team Messing.

'Mysteries of Laura' Cancelled at NBC

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:43 AM EDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: BAD NWS

Tom I just tried to call you but it wnet to your vm

Nbc says it's canceling Laura.

This cant happen. What do we do????????

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 8:15 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: BAD NWS

Oh, kid, I'm so sorry. Of course we knew this was a possibility since "Laura" isn't a Universal property, but it's still a rotten way to start your weekend.

I know it's hard, but try to focus on the task at hand: bring your very best to Marjorie and make "Dirty Dancing" the smash (haha) we both know it will be. If you can, treat yourself to a heartbreak ice cream cone in that beautiful North Carolina scenery and when I'm back in the office I'll get cracking on finding you your next great project! hugs!

-Tom

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:19 AM EDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: BAD NWS

Tom you dont understand. Networks change their mids all the time. how do we get nbc to walk back on this one

My diamonds need a seaosn 3!!!

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 8:36 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: BAD NWS

You're asking how we get NBC to reverse itself and un-cancel "Laura"? I think that would be a waste of effort, honey. Instead of trying to recapture a moment that's ended, let's look forward and get excited for what's going to be next for you.

Keep your chin up. I know you can.

-Tom

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:41 AM EDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: BAD NWS

Tom it's like you don't care about the fans at all
Theyre my siny DIAMONDS
I cant leave them in the lurch just because nbc is having a bad day

Maybe the diamnds are the answer since it sounds like you dont want to do a GD THING

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 9:01 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: BAD NWS

I'm sorry you feel let down. I'm just about to take off for a wedding in Cabo and I have to go silent for a bit, but I'll use the down time to brainstorm possible next steps.

You know I only think of you. I wish I could be there holding your hand right now. Imagine I am.

-Tom

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:04 PM EDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: BAD NWS

Thanks for nothing tom. Ill handle this myself.

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Hello jessica!

I don't know why i ever thought I should approve an assistant's vacation requst during upfront except that maybe i never thought there was a chance laura wouldn't get renewed -- WHY WOULD I

Anyway I know you're out of the country but, bad nws, nbc says it's cancelng Laura and we wnt get a season3
Tom says theirs nothing to be done but i dont agree.

i need you to find the laura fan communities onlineand go in there undercover and get them going ona fan campaign to convince nbc to uncancel the show

miht be a little much to get them to sned the nbc offices diamons lol but maybe they cld send ring pops???

We have to get riht on this, jessica, thank you i know you will get it done!!!

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 2:10 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Where are you
why arent you answering
you didn't pay for the international roaming package???

i thought you were a professional.

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 2:44 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

DO YOU EVEN STILL WORK FOR ME???

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:56 AM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: BAD NWS

Just landed in Cabo but I was thinking about "Laura" the whole flight.

Mariska has a lot of pull at the network; could she make some kind of a stink?

(I was going to say the two of you could do some kind of a Dubsmash battle to try to get some viral heat but I guess that didn't help Hayley on "Agent Carter"....)

Thinking of you nonstop, darling.

-Tom

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 3:01 PM EDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Save it tom jessica's all over it

Have so much fun at the wedding, Im sure you'll be weeping for me between elctric slides

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:40 PM IDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Jessica Schwartz
Re: Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Hi Debra,

I'm so sorry about "Laura." I know how much you loved the production and that character and it's always sad to close a chapter of your life when it's not your choice.

I just got back from the hospital but I'll do a little googling tonight and see what I can find.

best,
j.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 3:50 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

okay thnks
how is your grandmther btw

Wishing her love and light

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:16 PM IDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Jessica Schwartz
Re: Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Hi Debra,

Thanks for asking. She woke up briefly this afternoon and it seemed like she knew my mother. She's a big fan of yours so she'd be happy to know you'd asked after her if she still had all her faculties. The doctors say it won't be long now.

I'll let you know what I can find out.

best,
j.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 4:26 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

That puts things in perspective, doesnt it.
One some level Im sure she knows you're all there with her to help her on.

much love to you and your family Jessica at this terrible time

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 5:03 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Hows it going on the diamods fan boards???

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 5:28 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Jessica come on i know you didnt go to bed
It's barely after midnight in tel aviv

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 5:49 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Wow jessica i had no idea you were this selfish.
what a time for me t have to find that out.

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Sent from my iPhone.
Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 6:17 AM IDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Jessica Schwartz
Re: Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Hi Debra,

It seems like since Warner Bros. has gone on record that they're not looking to shop "Laura" to other networks, the Diamonds have made it to the "acceptance" stage of their grieving already. I logged in earlier with a couple of my fan accounts to try to spark revolutionary action, but there didn't seem to be too many takers. Unfortunately, I probably won't be available for much follow-up over the next few days because my grandmother passed away early this morning and I'll be helping my mother and aunts out with the funeral planning.

best,
j.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:25 PM EDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: Mobilizing the diamons!

Jessica, I am heartbroken for your loss. i feel very lucky and proud to have been able to give you this time off to be with your family during your bereeavement
I was going to say i'll wear black tomorrow in her honor but who knows what marjory will have to wear in her scenes tomorrow lol

I'll leave you to it sweetheart, give each other lots of hugs

just one thing
can i get those fan board logins?

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Sorry for typos, I'm an actress not an English teacher!

Previously: Debra Messing Will Play Baby's Mom In The Dirty Dancing TV Movie...But How Did She Land The Role?

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