When Jason Katims was working on “Friday Night Lights,” the show shot in Austin, Texas, so his writers’ room didn’t need to be on a particular lot in Los Angeles. He ended up at Tribeca West, and that is where his company, True Jack Prods., has remained. “Recently when we wrapped on ‘Rise,’ I looked around and it hadn't been painted in 10 years and there were too many pictures — it was too much stimuli, in a way,” Katims...
Has there been a more realistic and beloved modern husband-and-wife on TV than Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and wife Tami (Connie Britton) of “Friday Night Lights”? That series exemplifies Katims’ style: Realistic, character-driven storytelling that explores relationships among adults and adolescents with a humanity that’s too often lacking in filmed entertainment.
In 2011, Katims credited his time on “My So-Called Life” as a major influence on his work moving forward. In “Relativity,” “Roswell,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” Katims wrote for young characters, bringing forth their inner lives in ways both recognizable and believable.
“I think there’s something about writing about that period in somebody’s life that is really compelling to me,” he told Variety in 2014. “It’s a time when we’re really formed. It’s a time where you’re both a child and an adult at the same time.”
Katims also has a reputation as a master adapter given that four of his series, including the NBC comedy “About a Boy,” are based on existing media properties.
In 2016, Katims shepherded CBS’s medical drama “Pure Genius” and made his first move into streaming series with “The Path” for Hulu, which returned for a second season in 2017. Up next is “Rise,” a high school set drama starring Josh Radnor, slated for a 2018 debut on NBC.