He has written many screenplays and several plays, two of them, The Wearing of the Greens, and Who Wants Fame?, are very popular and have been well received by audiences and critics from coast-to-coast. He currently splits his time between residences in Malibu, Connecticut, and Detroit. He enjoys producing and directing his work. In the spring of 2008, he appeared in the title role of a new musical, The Brain From Planet X in Los Angeles, where he and the show received unanimous raves. He has two books which can be found at Amazon Kindle: "Show Runner", and "Show Runner Two". Both are collections of autobiographical essays.
On May 5, 2015, Rothman revealed that he suffered a stroke on May 2; while his most recent post on May 16 was typed by someone else, he noted that he was "recuperating to some extent."