I thought his name was Larry?
Well, he’s not executive producer. He just wrote the pilot. At the time, he was a writer of The Larry Sanders Show on a radio show, and the idea came to him. So that’s what his name is.
How often do you change things in the script when you read it?
That’s the fun of writing. You keep reworking, reworking, reworking. “How do we use more of the character’s voice, so these are more dramatic moments?” “These scenes can be funnier if the guys are playing off each other better. They should put one or two things together, that will give them a different dynamic in the scene.”
In order to make your show, you basically have to write from the beginning, you create the story line, build your characters, create your world.
“I’ve been working, because you’re an artist, and when you write an episode, you don’t have time to really go, “Okay, I have to change this, and I have to change that, and these are our stakes, and this is who we are, and this is what happens, and what’s our story,” as opposed to having the story as long as the show is, and then, if it goes on like a week, you’re out the door.
How do you know how long it’s going to be?
I watch a lot of television, so I’m able to watch the first 10 minutes, and then I kind of know, and you kind of know, so a couple of years ago, I would try to get there with five scripts, or 10 scripts when I first went that route.
When you first got into writing, did you learn anything you weren’t expecting?
We did one episode in New York. It was a pilot episode, and it was just a first day. It was a pilot episode, and I wrote it and I was happy with it, and by the end of the day, the pilot was a hit.
So if you want to write a show that you really want to produce, to get that pilot, you have to write every possible sentence out?
Exactly. But that’s how it is. I’m very lucky, I’ve got a great writing team. I just think that the things we’ve learned over the years, is that you are going to write something that is great; you are not going