Inspirations: “People who are writing currently owe a great debt to 'Seinfeld' because it changed what constituted half-hour structure and content. It made it OK to be scathing and subversive,” says…
Inspirations: “For me they were shows that broke the mold: 'Taxi' was the first sitcom to use a four-camera (setup) instead of three-camera. 'Sports Night' used a movie camera and 'Malcolm in the…
The thing with TV actors turned directors is that they are as different behind the camera as in front of it. Some, like "Three Sisters" co-star Peter Bonerz, have made it into a second career…
If there's a pecking order among television directors, figuring out who's on top isn't hard. "There's Jimmy Burrows," one prominent small-screen agent says. "And then there's everybody else. He's the…
Inspirations: “I'd have to go as far back as 'Northern Exposure' and 'Picket Fences,' two shows in which it was deceivingly difficult to strike the bell in maintaining a quirky tone that is funny and…
A discussion about the reality in television's so-called reality programming these days sounds like a college seminar in Philosophy 101.
Cynics call it stunting. Producers call it making the show interesting. Viewers can tell when it's coming, every November, February and May -- those precious, dreaded, coveted, anticipated sweeps…
Today's writers of television drama can be merciless with their lead characters, forcing them into dilemmas so extreme they can only be called moral contortions.
Jonathan Bing: The Write Stuff