The conversation was a little more subdued than usual at the WGA West's "Sublime Primetime" yakfest Thursday night with a cross-section of Emmy-nommed writers.
Moderator Rainn Wilson opened the sesh at the WGA Theater, co-hosted by Variety and the Writers Guild Foundation, by asking panelists Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof if he could be on "Lost." Darlton put their heads together for a split second before Lindelof answered: "No."
Biggest laugh of the night came from Cuse. After it was noted that "Mad Men" maestro Matt Weiner had a fair number of Emmy writing noms (four to be exact), Cuse joked with "Mad Men" panelists Andre and Maria Jacquemetton that Weiner (who was not there) had "asked us if he could have his name our script as well" — the "Lost" finale seg that earned Darlton an Emmy writing nom this year. It was a gentle ribbing, not mean-spirited. By the end of the sesh it was clear the "Lost" and "Mad Men" scribe tribes have a mutual obsession society going on. As well they should …
The Jacquemettons, who are married, were queried on how they do the work/home life tango and whether they ever step on each toes as writers. Maria admitted that they spend so much time together that "if we analyzed it, we'd be divorced." The worst fights they ever have are usually about scripts. "If we didn't write together, we'd fight more," she said, confidently.