Emmys writers & directors: Writer’s POV – Christopher Lloyd

Two nominations for "Frasier," 1996 and 2000

Inspirations: “In terms of comedy I think everybody has the same basic list, the line from ‘Dick Van Dyke’ through ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ to ‘Taxi’ and ‘Cheers’ for character-based humor, and then ‘All in the Family’ for a slightly different, more topical kind of humor,” Lloyd explains. Following these examples, he affirms that “on Frasier, our driving ethic is stories that are true to the characters; we are not simply looking to manufacture a silly situation.”

Influences: When it comes to personal inspiration, it’s literally all in the family. “My dad wrote on a number of shows so I had some pointers from the time I was starting out as a writer,” says Lloyd. Otherwise, he credits a great deal of his success to trial and error: “A lot of things you just stumble into, relationships or ways of putting characters opposite one another that really worked. So then it’s not always so much about imitating other people, but imitating yourself, at least in your thinking.”

Moments: In addition to winning a record-breaking five consecutive Emmy Awards (as “Frasier” exec producer), Lloyd prides himself on the time he managed to “hold back an episode from the ruinous NBC promotions department, so they couldn’t tell our secrets on national television.”

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