'Glee' exec producer never fights with network - really

Shop Talk with Showrunners
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Your hardest decision as showrunner?
Which PA to pick for Human Sacrifice Tuesday.

Your favorite moment as a showrunner?
The first time I got to be the one to pick the PA for Human Sacrifice Tuesday.

What’s your reaction when you’re recognized by a fan of the show?
Please don’t tell anyone you saw me here. I was just doing research, swear.

Your biggest fight with the network?
Things have been pretty cool with them. They’re actually really awesome. Seriously, I’m not joking. No, really. It’s impossible not to read that as sarcastic, isn’t it? F*ck!

Your favorite “happy accident” in writing or producing the show?
Heather Morris, Naya Rivera.

Your best collaborative moment on the set or with a network?
Writing with Ian (Brennan) and Ryan (Murphy) humbles me every time.

“I wanted to give up when …”
I couldn’t even get hired as a staff writer on “Earth: Final Conflict.”

Which shows have influenced your show?
“Cheers,” “Family Ties,” “My So-Called Life,” “Taxi.”

What would you want to say in an Emmy acceptance speech, but won’t?
“I would like to announce officially, I’m retiring from bodybuilding competition. I would like to thank you all for supporting me. I would like to thank the judges. Bodybuilding has been a beautiful experience for me, and I will continue it for the rest of my life. I only stop competing, but I’m not stopping bodybuilding. It’s the greatest sport. Thank you.”

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