Shop talk: Steven Levitan

A network head who ignored network notes? Sounds good

Shop Talk with Showrunners
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse | Tina Fey and Robert Carlock | Brad Falchuk | Jeff Schaffer | Alan Ball | Vince Gilligan | Steven Levitan | Greg Daniels | Robert King | Clyde Phillips

Your hardest decision as a showrunner.
Letting someone go.

Your biggest fight with the network?
I once called the head of a network a liar. In hindsight, I should have called him an incompetent liar.

What’s your reaction when you’re recognized by a fan of show?
Shock.

Your best collaborative moment on the set or with a network?
New ABC president Paul Lee just told me that, back when he was a producer, he ignored network notes. I enjoyed that moment.

Your favorite “happy accident” in writing or producing the show?
Any show that works is a happy accident.

“I wanted to give up when …”
“Just Shoot Me” was moved to its 14th time period in seven years.

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