Magazine article Variety

'They Are Younger Than I Am, So They Still Have Souls'

Magazine article Variety

'They Are Younger Than I Am, So They Still Have Souls'

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Bill Lawrence still has plenty of boyish charm, but he's become one of the elder statesmen of the sitcom biz, in recent years juggling three or more shows at a time through his Warner Bros. TV-based Doozer Prods. As NBC's "Undateable" approaches its May 29 premiere, joining "Cougar Town" and "Ground Floor" on his active roster, the showrunner who cut his teeth on "Spin City" and "Scrubs" talks about mentoring a new generation, wine consumption and lost souls, cynthia littleton

Why so many shows from your company all at once?

I've reached a point in my career that the most satisfying thing is to get other talented writers through the system. Also, they are younger than I am, so they still have souls. I need that in my life.

What makes a man "undateable"?

The idea behind this show is that due to insecurity, wardrobe choices, job situation, your "look" - see my peroxideblond stage - every guy and girl goes through an "undateable" stage. …

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