In "The Writers' Room," a highly pleasurable series that begins Monday on
Time was that the ordinary citizen had little interest in whatever business of show did not involve glamorous stars or name-above-the-title directors or, sometimes, super-powerful producers. We live now in an age of commentary tracks and Comic-Con panels and close-read criticism, and the nuts and bolts have acquired their own appeal.
And so, if not everyone yet knows what a show runner is, most everyone who cares about television understands that,
My first excited thought on learning of this series is that it would be a documentary trip into the writers' natural habitat, there to discreetly capture the species at play and work, giving birth to new ideas and raising them into fully mature episodes of television. Possibly we would see the eating of takeout Chinese or day-old pizza.
As produced it is more like a trip to the zoo, with the scribes imported into a set that suggests a writers' room (white board, bulletin board, index cards, big table, coffee) as a lion cage might simulate the veld. Even so, it feels like a glimpse of the real thing.
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Monday's premiere features a passel of
The series' six episodes also include sessions with writers from
'The Writers' Room'
When: 10 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)