“I had to leave L.A. in order to come back,” scribe Andy Parker says of his career as a screenwriter.
While attending Columbia U.’s Graduate Film Program, Parker realized his favorite writing was appearing on TV, especially in the form of the hit show “Friday Night Lights.” The emotions behind the sports drama moved him from week to week, and influenced his decision to return to Hollywood to become a writer.
“I transitioned to moving out to L.A. and have been pounding the pavement ever since,” Parker says.
Parker describes his new show, “Stanistan,” which has been picked up by USA, as sort of a modern “MASH” with an acidic tone, which is a far cry from his beloved “Friday Night Lights.” But it’s the self-described “West Wing-y” humor that he loves to write.
“Tonally as a writer I’m either all over the map or versatile,” Parker quips.
Parker says the dissonance of growing up gay in an evangelical family shaped him as a writer. He seeks inspiration through stories of people searching for their place and trying to understand their own relationships to God.
“To me everything is going back to people’s attempt to make sense of spirituality in some way.”
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