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Writers are not always right however, but then again, I’ve been on shows where the actors have complete control and change everything and it’s terrible.
It would have been nice for Greg to eventually grow into a mature relationship with Laura. He was moving toward that already but then took…
I would fix other people’s lines if they asked me on occasion. The hard part of writing is the architecture of it, getting the story…
I didn’t care about that because I’m not a diplomatic person to begin with. I just went along with things and did what I wanted…
David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor’s instincts, since after…
At one time, whenever the hell it was, they wanted a character to come in and stir up the pot. They brought me in for…
And I have to credit David Jacobs with the opportunities he gave me. He was totally into sharing the creation of characters. David put together…
And all of Laura’s stuff, what they wrote originally wasn’t as good and Constance wound up doing that herself. That was all her stuff, reading…
A show like Knots or any other show that can be called a soap opera does terribly in syndication because if you’re a viewer and…
When you go to a movie, it’s about what’s not being said. I tried to bring that to Greg Sumner. It was always about what’s…
Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest.
There’s a certain possessiveness of writers sometimes.
The West Wing seems to be feeding the myth about how presidential politics are.
Networks don’t want a show with a continuing story. There’s no backend potential.
If you watch Cheers, in 12 years they didn’t age a day.
It worked well because Don Murray didn’t want to be on Knots anymore.
I’m trying to find a character that’s my age and I can sustain week after week. I’d like to do a series.
I knew with The West Wing that that wasn’t going to be for very long, that I was just the red herring.
Clint Eastwood is aging beautifully. But someone like Burt Reynolds and others are practically destroying their faces in the amount of work they have.
What I would have liked to do on that show was play a secretary of state who has huge personal business interests throughout the world.…
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