Wednesday, February 10, 2021

EP211: The Development of Arrested Development

Part two of the interview with Emmy-winning writer Jim Vallely. Most of the episode centers on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT — the making of one TV’s funniest and most revered sitcoms.

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Daniel said...

I really enjoyed your podcast about the creation of Arrested Development. For future podcast episodes, have you ever considered interviewing Glenn Gordon Caron? I know you're not a fan of Cybill Shepherd (I've never met her, so I have no opinion one way or the other), but I've been rewatching Moonlighting recently and have been impressed by just how terrific the show is and how well it holds up (particularly the first three seasons). It was the perfect balance of classic storytelling, self-referential post-modernism, and being of its time without being dated (it was also beautifully shot and directed). It really is a classic romantic comedy. I think hearing you interview Caron about the creation of the series would be interesting to listen to.

Troy McClure said...

Ken, I don't know if this would be of interest. Imagine Entertainment have put out an open writing assignment for a basketball comedy.

It's open to everyone from new writers to "seasoned professionals."

Ere I Saw Elba said...

One thing I've learned reading this blog and hearing the podcasts, is how much immediacy there is in putting on a televised show. I had no idea before how tight the schedule actually was, to get something from the writing room to putting it on air.

I've worked in other media that has to operate in real time, and I like the way the best television gets its energy that way too.

Natalia Zacharenko said...

From the website that Troy McClure referred to:

For the question "What should be in my 30-second video? Do I need to appear?"

the answer includes

"The best of writers are not only concise and compelling in their written work, but their voice and writing skills translate to their ability to convey themselves and their idea verbally, as well."

Really? There are no introverted, shy writers?

That sounds like a Friday Question to me.