Writing for a Comedy Series: “Episode 305,” David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik
Directing for a Comedy Series: “Episode 309,” Iain B. MacDonald
With two writers and a single director working on a nine-episode season, Showtime’s “Episodes” is streamlined, to say the least. Director Iain B. MacDonald, who has directed several British TV series, says having such a small team makes shooting the whole season at once much easier.
“Jeffrey (Klarik) and David (Crane) have everything in their heads,” MacDonald says.
“They’re like Jedi masters of the script department.”
Crane and Klarik’s nominated episode, which finds humor in the squirming of its British leads, follows Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) to a marriage counselor who turns out to be a sex therapist.
“We’re big fans of Beverly’s discomfort when she’s asked if her vagina could speak what would it say, and she gives it a weirdly Yoda-like voice,” says Crane.
MacDonald’s nominated episode is the season finale, which had a particularly crowded seven-page scene in Beverly’s house that required some re-thinking.
“The original house had a very narrow hallway. To accommodate the amount of people that were going to be in the scene and the cameras and crew, we needed a bigger house,” MacDonald says, adding that the house was re-created, slightly larger, as a set at Culver Studios.