John Enbom: Adaptability works for busy ‘Agents’ EP

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Some people call it versatility. John Enbom calls it “the random nature of the way my career has evolved.”

What the 43-year-old writer is referring to is the ease with which he moved from one genre to another, from drama “Veronica Mars” to sci-fi series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” to the zany halfhour Starz comedy “Party Down,” which he wrote and co-created with Rob Thomas, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge.

Next season, Enbom is back on the laugh track writing and executive producing “Free Agents,” an NBC single-camera romantic comedy about two co-workers at a Los Angeles public relations firm, based on the British series. But Enbom says he looks for the comedy in every show he writes.

“I’m very interested and attuned to the place where a form of realism and comedy intersect,” he asserts. “I wouldn’t say I’m a great maker of jokes, but I love the comic potential in weird characters and situations that would prompt a normal person to be faced with comic choices. At the end of the day, I feel my reflex is to go there.”

The notion of writing comedy, or anything else, was far from Enbom’s reality growing up in the small town of Corvallis, Oregon. But while attending Yale, he was smitten with cinema and decided to be an independent filmmaker. With little money in it, Enbom instead took Thomas up on his offer to write for “Veronica Mars”; today he credits Thomas “for teaching me how to write television.”

Forty-four episodes over four seasons? Nothing to joke about.

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