Magazine article Variety

Tales from the Trenches

Magazine article Variety

Tales from the Trenches

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Scribes talk shop and compare notes at Variety's annual Night in the Writers' Room sesh at the Writers Guild Theater.

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MICHAEL PATRICK KING

2 BROKE GIRLS

"What's great about (the multicamera format) is that you need a really sharp, joke-driven staff because it's a machine. Every time the actor stops talking, there's supposed to be a sound that comes out of the audience.''

AARON KORSH

SUITS

"I started as a writer's assistant for a long time in the comedy world, so I was raised in a room with 10 people working on a screen. We don't exactly do that on Suits, but it's the only thing I knew."

CARLTON CUSE

BATES MOTEL

"I liken the first year of doing a show to putting out an apartment building fire with a garden hose. You're just trying to survive"

ROB DOHERTY

ELEMENTARY

"We were lucky enough to get the spot after the Super Bowl. Because that real estate is as valuable as it is, it was sort of like doing the pilot again."

FRED ARMISEN

PORTLANDS

"We always don't have endings, so on set we actually stand and stare at each other, and we look like were thinking? …

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