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ILTVSW guest star (VO) : Paul Abbott creator of #NoOffence

28 Fév

Paul Abbott, the creator of Shameless, Hit & Miss and No Offence, was in France last September at the TV Festival of La Rochelle.

ILTVSW was lucky enough to seat with him and talk about writing & fear.

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ILTVSW. About No Offence you said you wanted it to be funny but not to be a comedy. What do you mean by that ?
Paul Abbott. We kept making versions of it. They were very funny but it was just rude. Because it was just for the jokes. Comedy is selfconscious and we were trying to « deselfconsciousize » (laughs)…  I think that’s the difference.

ILTVSW. Do you think that too many jokes are bad for the writing ?
Paul Abbott. Yeah, if they are forced. They can be. But, I don’t think the gags make a scene funny, the jokes do. The clarity of the attitude is what makes it funny. We cut loads of gags out. They made it so comedic it stopped being realistic enough to be funny. Life is much stronger than gags. I think we were trying to build the humour into the behavioural side of their nature not in the vocabulary.

 

You can teach people to ear people.

 

ILTVSW. So you spend a lot of time walking around watching people ?
Paul Abbott. Seemingly because I seem to have absorbed quite a lot. But not litteraly picking things from real life but trying to define, for example, just something you see on someone’s face on a bus… Come on write that. Write what ? Nothing happened. But write it, write what you said. Make it come out of your fingers the way you thought it. That’s tough. But you can. And I pratice all the time.

ILTVSW. You have been writing for thirty years did you get better at it ?
Paul Abbott. Scared. Always. You can always blow it. And you can’t be brave if you aren’t scared. It still terrifies me because normally by the time I seat down to write I have sold it. To deal with it I just relish it. I got really good at this. Keep feeding yourself and don’t be rude to people, to your audience. In practicing also. It is in my nature, I am coming from a big family. I wasn’t very bright, I was just the brightest one (laughs). So you learn to keep things to yourself. And keeping things to myself made me explode. Once I learned to write, it was just like burning fuel, fantastic. And the more purely burned honestly, the more fuel, because you just get better at it. At the glue. It is not the architecture of the storytelling, I think anybody can learn storytelling but you can’t teach dialogue. You can’t teach people how to ear people. And to synthesize that for someone else. It is one thing to ear something funny and it is another thing to write it down to tell it to someone else. That is the hardest part of being a good writer.

ILTVSW. There are good days and bad days… How do you deal with that ?
Paul Abbott. Sometimes I just don’t want to do it. But usually you have been paid already so you have to (laughs). I think I have written every single days since I was fifteen. In one way or another. Stories, sketches or things for me. I have had the pleasure of selling a lot of work and see my work coming back. 80 % of what writers write never get seen. I am really fortunate.

 

If you can cut a third you can cut a third again. 

 

ILTVSW. Are you the kind of writer that writes a lot and throw a lot away ? 
Paul Abbott. Two days ago I wrote ten pages in one day. And you go : « Wow, ten pages ! » But it’s worth five at the most. A lot of writers will keep the ten. But I think you have to cut it. Tighten your voice. If you can cut a third you can cut a third again. You just keep triming and tightening your voice. There is a melody that you are trying to communicate to the audience. I think that’s a better guidance than the words. You can smell when it’s going well. I wrote a scene the other day and I said : « Wow, it is fantastic ! » I couldn’t have look vainer. But I wasn’t saying that to anybody else. It was just me. There was nobody. And I kept saying : « Good boy, good boy ! » It was a boring scene that I kind of had to write and it is now one of my favorite scenes. I did ten full drafts of episode one for No Offence. We just didn’t get it right.

ILTVSW. How do know that you are not done ?
Paul Abbott. Because it smells wrong. It just feels wrong and you don’t trust it. So you go to ten. It is one draft too far and then you pull back. I think that is really good discipline. I write about ten versions of each scene. One way or another. I may just be changing the beginning of the entire series two. I have done something wrong and I can’t work it out it is too tighly embroidered. And I go : « What if I just take the first twenty pages off the script and see what happens there ? » It makes me feel liberated. I can see what else I can come up with. I am good at invention but I don’t think enough writers edit their own work. I need editors. I trust them with my heart. But you should edit as well before it gets to them. Otherwise they are technically the writer. If they are the one doing the selective premonition to your work. A lot of lazy writers just give you a hundred pages script and say you work it out. No YOU work it out. In America, you are not allowed to deliver long. Even with a reputation if you deliver a script which is over 120 pages your agent won’t even send it. I quite like that though. I like editing myself. I don’t like to be tolded what to do even by myself. Often my people say : « Take the keyboard of him. It is finished. It’s fine. » At some point the script has to be taken from me.

 

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ILTVSW. When you look back do you have the feeling you could have done better work ?
Paul Abbott. Yeah. But surprisingly a lot of the work still stands up. Because if the writing is humanely honest it is timeless. But yeah, loads of things I could have done differently. You just keep learning by your own mistakes.

ILTVSW. What is honesty in the writing process ?
Paul Abbott. Give your enemy the best lines because then you have to write up to them and I think being honest. A lot of writers will tell a story about a woman who has been a victim of childbirth ta da da… as a victim of a childbirth but why don’t they try writing it as the midwife. Be the midwife. Give her the best lines. You writing your own story have to write up to her high calibre. And you surprise yourself by how true you can be without knowing it. There is a thing you can do. You write the worst thing that can ever be said about you and you put it in the voice of the worst person you would ever want to know that information. You don’t have to show this document to anybody else. Scare yourself. Put it away for a month. And write the answers back and you will learn to use fear like fuel. When you know that you have gotten really close to that it makes you crackle with excitment. You are testing what you are made of all the time. All the time. I have scared myself with some lines that some people have said. Writing up to it is like building muscles that you can’t lose. They can’t evaporate. Once you have done that you have become addicted to trying again. Not enough writers do that.

ILTVSW. Is it the reason why you are not a genre writer ?
Paul Abbott. Yeah. You can choose to write something next or it chooses you. When you do a lot of work you don’t have to decide what you are going to write next. I don’t know what it would feel like not to know what I would be writing next because I get too many ideas. I think the amount of power you put in being another person in a drama just makes you a much more decent human being. If you are showing mercy for the person you least like in a story you have to write it better. When I talked of knowing when things were right, you know, I love it when you have scared yourself a little bit and you have written back with absolute stamina. You might hate those pages in five days time. But you have taken your personal fears to use as tools for storytelling. Without the fear, you don’t get the good scene. I don’t mean I terrify myself all the time. But you have got to be respectfully scared of something. It took me a long time but I have learned to be respectfully scared of stories. Nothing is a given. I haven’t got a hobby. I am always writing.

Title : No Offence (2015 –    )
Creator : Paul Abbott
Cast : Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach
Networks : Channel 4, France 2 (France)

© 2016 ILTVSW – not to be reproduced without a prior authorization from ILTVSW

Next week in ILTVSW, the French version.

BFFF Weekly 65 : IRL, the French way

7 Fév

FRA/ENGLISH

Monsieur le député

L’une des joies que me procure I love TV so what ? est de pouvoir socialiser avec des types qui s’appellent Landry, Ari ou Tim. Un truc qui, statistiquement, a peu de chance de survenir en France. C’est la raison pour laquelle, je n’aurais jamais imaginé qu’un jour j’écrirais à quelqu’un portant le nom de Philippe Rickwaert. Pour supporter le choc, permettez-moi de vous appeler Phil. Et de vous informer, Phil de la série Baron Noir que vous êtes l’un de mes BFFFs (Personnages préférés pour toute la vie à qui j’écris souvent).

Là, je le sens, Phil, vous flippez un peu en pensant : « mais qu’est-ce qu’elle me veut cette folle dingue ? » Tout d’abord, mon devoir est de vous prévenir, c’est ce qui arrive quand on est au générique d’une bonne série. Il faut gérer ses fans. C’est sûrement moins facile que de duper ses électeurs en bouffant du pâté à Rungis à 4h30 du mat’. Mais, c’est là que réside précisément toute la beauté de la TV, les personnages deviennent des gens pour de vrai. En mieux ou en pire. Evidemment.

Maintenant, je le sens, vous flippez carrément en pensant : « mais de quoi parle-t-elle cette folle dingue ? » Impossible de vous en vouloir, Phil. Qui voudrait passer sa soirée à regarder un député mettre les mains dans le cambouis pour éviter qu’éclate un scandale politique et financier d’ampleur nationale ? Même s’il sacrifie au passage ses convictions, ses amis (en même temps, ils n’avaient qu’à réfléchir avant) et fait à peu près l’inverse de ce qu’il avait promis pour se faire élire. Sans voler sexy à bord d’Air Force One, ni bénéficier de l’effet glamour Maison Blanche… Tout cela fait de toute manière l’objet d’un résumé d’1’30 chaque soir au JT.

Ouais, Phil, je comprends vos arguments. Entendez les miens. Nous, le peuple, n’avons jamais l’opportunité d’observer un combat pour la survie politique d’aussi près. Victimes, sans doute un peu consentantes, des spin doctors. Nous n’avons pas accès à ce genre de vérité. Dommage. Car laissez-moi vous dire combien c’est fascinant et pas uniquement du point de vue défendu par Machiavel. Mais à échelle d’homme, aussi. En observateurs privilégiés de votre lente chute et de l’absolue inconscience qui est la vôtre du monde pour de vrai. Celui où les mauvaises décisions ont des conséquences déplaisantes. Pas rigolo pour vous. Mais extrêmement divertissant pour nous. Vraiment.

La semaine prochaine dans ILTVSW… Oups, pas encore tranché, désolée.

 

KM

Kad Merad (Philippe Rickwaert)

 

Titre/Title : Baron Noir (2016)
Créateurs : Eric Benzekri, Jean-Baptiste Delafon
Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Niels Arestrup, Kad Merad
Maths : 1 saison/season
Chaîne/Network : Canal Plus

Mister congressman

One of the joy of this I love TV so what ? thing is the opportunity it gives me to socialize with guys named Landry, Ari or Tim. Something that could not happen in France. Statistically. What I would never have imagined is that one day I would write to a guy named Philippe Rickwaert. To deal with the shock, please allow me to call you Phil. Phil from the show Baron Noir you are my latest BFFF (Best Fiction Friend Forever). 

What the fuck is this weirdo talking about ? That’s what you are probably thinking, Phil. First of all, it is my duty to warn you, when you are in a good show, you have to deal with crazy fans like me. Because that’s the beauty of TV, we actually think you, characters, are people for real. 

What the fuck is she talking about ? That’s what you are probably still thinking. I can’t blame you, Phil. Who would like to spend his evening watching a congressman dirt dealing to prevent a national political & financial scandal from happening ? Even though he needs to sacrifice his beliefs, his friends (who were stupid enough to engage in this relationship, yes) & does pretty much the opposite of what he has promised to do to get elected. And, last but not least, is not flying sexy in Air Force One. Without the White House glamour, why even bother… Just watch the French news. You get that for free. 

Yes, Phil, I get your point. Try to get mine. We the people never get the chance to observe from this close a political struggle for survival. We are spin docs victims and it is partly our fault. We have no access to that truth, sadly. Because, let me tell you that it is fascinating Machiavelli’s kind, of course, but not only. The best part of spending time with you is to watch you fall from the top of the world not being aware of where you are heading. That would be real life. A place where bad choices have unpleasant consequences. Not fun for you. But highly entertaining for us. Really.

Next week in ILTVSW… Oops, not decided yet, sorry.

 

ILTVSW Christmas break 2015 !

20 Déc

FRA/ENGLISH

 

Grey’s Anatomy © ABC

 

Chers sériephiles,

C’est la pause de Noël pour I love TV so what ? Le blog sera de retour le dimanche 24 janvier. En attendant, je suis très curieuse de savoir si, comme moi, vous avez craqué pour 1992, The Grinder & Master of None.

Ou aimé les mêmes personnages…

BFFF Weekly 62 : Jordan… Barbie, Ken, you & us

BFFF Weekly 61 : Andrea… When Ari met Andy

BFFF Weekly 60 : Cookie… Cookie only diet

BFFF Weekly 59 : Dan… Tinder is so 2014

Et, enfin, je ne résiste pas au plaisir de réinviter deux grands auteurs Hagai Levi & Danny Strong

Joyeuses fêtes !

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Dear series addicts,

It’s winter blog break for I love TV so what ? The blog will be back Sunday January 24th. Meanwhile, I would  be happy to know if you shared my crush for 1992, The Grinder & Master of None.

Or loved the same characters…

BFFF Weekly 62 : Jordan… Barbie, Ken, you & us

BFFF Weekly 61 : Andrea… When Ari met Andy

BFFF Weekly 60 : Cookie… Cookie only diet

BFFF Weekly 59 : Dan… Tinder is so 2014

Finally, I can’t resist the pleasure to share again my interviews with great creators Hagai Levi & Danny Strong.

Happy Holidays !

ILTVSW guest star (VF) : Danny Strong co-créateur d’Empire

29 Nov

Danny Strong, le co-créateur d’Empire, était l’invité du Festival TV de Monte-Carlo au mois de juin dernier.

ILTVSW a eu la chance de le rencontrer et de discuter soap & politique.

 

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ILTVSW. Il me semble qu’Empire est le premier soap politique de l’histoire des séries. Avez-vous souhaité évoquer l’Amérique contemporaine dès le début du projet ?
Danny Strong. Je pense que cette dimension a été présente dès le départ pour Lee Daniels comme pour moi. Et je trouve que cette combinaison entre le soap, le drama et les questions sociales fonctionne très bien. Tous ces éléments s’équilibrent parfaitement.

ILTVSW. Pensez-vous que l’approche légère de la série lui donne plus d’impact sur les enjeux sérieux qu’elle aborde ?
Danny Strong. … Et les enjeux donnent plus de force dramatique à sa dimension soap. Oui. Ils s’équilibrent. Ils se nourrissent. Je trouve que les éléments de comédie sont très utiles au drama car ils soulignent cet aspect. Et il est plus facile de faire rire, aussi. Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être très drôle pour être drôle dans un drama. Traiter des questions de justice sociale dans une série à paillettes donne à ces questions plus de résonance. Et les paillettes de la série sont encore plus brillantes grâce à l’autre dimension de la série.

La manière dont nous regardons les séries aujourd’hui est très différente de l’époque de The Wire

ILTVSW. Malgré ces éléments sérieux la saison 1 d’Empire a été un énorme succès. The Wire, qui traitait profondément de justice sociale, de racisme, de traffic de drogue est devenue culte mais n’est jamais parvenue à toucher le grand public. Comment Empire est-elle parvenue à réunir ces deux éléments ?
Danny Strong. The Wire est l’une des séries les plus géniales de ces vingt dernières années. Je pense qu’elle rencontrerait beaucoup plus de succès si elle était lancée aujourd’hui. Notamment grâce au steaming et à la possibilité de regarder toute une saison ou une série d’un seul coup après la diffusion. Le bouche-à-oreille sur The Wire qui s’est produit autour de la saison 3 débuterait beaucoup plus rapidement. Je parie même que la série aurait explosé grâce à cela comme Mad Men ou Breaking Bad. La manière dont nous regardons la télévision aujourd’hui a beaucoup changé. En plus il était difficile de prendre une saison de The Wire en cours en raison de la narration adoptée par les auteurs. Mais regarder cette série était extrêmement gratifiant.

ILTVSW. Le public semble indifférent au fait qu’Empire ait un casting presque entièrement constitué d’acteurs noirs. Pourtant il y a eu un article dans Deadline Hollywood qui affirmait qu’il était devenu difficile pour les acteurs blancs de trouver du travail à la télé. Comment expliquez-vous cette réaction ? 
Danny Strong. Je ne pense pas que cet article soit représentatif de la position de l’industrie. Les gens qui produisent du contenu essayent juste d’obtenir du succès. Avec ScandalHow to get away with murder et Empire, il est devenu évident pour tout le monde qu’il y avait une énorme audience noire sous-représentée à la télévision qui regarde les séries dans lesquelles les personnages principaux sont noirs. Mais un public blanc, aussi. En fait, vous pouvez réunir tout le monde. C’est au-delà de la race. Mon intuition me dit que cela va se banaliser car la seule chose qui intéresse l’industrie, c’est le succès. La multiplication des opportunités pour les acteurs noirs est juste une conséquence de cela. Cet article est simplement ridicule car il y a un nombre incalculable de rôles pour les acteurs blancs. C’est tout.

ILTVSW. Quelles sont les questions sociétales que vous souhaitez aborder en saison 2 ?
Danny Strong. Lhomophobie et la sexualité, certainement. Nous aborderons aussi l’incarcération. Et nous explorerons aussi le harcèlement policier dont font l’objet les Noirs aux Etats-Unis.

Ma philosophie consiste à dire la vérité

ILTVSW. Quand vous abordez ce type de sujets vous posez-vous la question de votre responsabilité d’auteur ?
Danny Strong. Ma philosophie consiste à dire la vérité. Tant que l’on dit la vérité peu importe les conséquences. Cela dit, bien sûr que l’on veut écrire de manière responsable cependant il ne faut pas être donneur de leçon et veiller à être authentique dans l’exploration de ce type de sujets. Cela dit, rien ne me rend inconfortable. Je peux traiter de tous les sujets.

ILTVSW. Le succès d’Empire nous apprend-il quelque chose de l’existence ou non de l’Amérique post raciale ?
Danny Strong. L’Amérique post raciale n’existe pas. Les émeutes et les événements qui les ont provoquées nous montrent qu’il y a encore énormément de racisme aux Etats-Unis. Ce qui est positif, c’est que nous continuons à progresser et l’élection de Barack Obama reflète le chemin que nous avons parcouru.

 

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Danny Strong

 

ILTVSW. Et le divertissement a le pouvoir d’améliorer la situation ?
Danny Strong. Absolument. Le divertissement peut améliorer les choses et mettre la culture en avant. Moi, j’écris pour mettre la culture en avant d’une manière que j’estime positive. Il y a des gens qui pensent que ce que j’écris est horrible pour le pays. Vous savez, l’acceptation de l’homosexualité, la question de l’acception de l’autre versus le racisme… Je vois ces gens comme des ennemis de ce que j’estime être bon et vrai. Et je continuerai de pousser ce que je crois être positif, plein d’espoir, qui relève d’une théorie un peu utopique d’acceptation de l’autre, d’amour et de communion. Ce que Martin Luther King appelait The beloved community.

ILTVSW. Certains ne reconnaissent pas la force de cette écriture soap…
Danny Strong. Cela ne m’inquiète pas du tout. J’écris et je me dis que peut-être les gens regarderont. Dans le cas d’Empire, ils sont extrêmement nombreux à aimer. Certains l’interprètent mal et d’autres, par principe, n’apprécient pas les choses qui ont du succès. Cela ne peut pas entrer en ligne de compte pour moi car, au bout du compte, chacun se fait sa propre opinion. J’écris donc ce que j’ai à dire, j’écris sur ce que j’aime, ce que je pense être une bonne histoire. Ma principale récompense, c’est que j’aime écrire et c’est pour cette raison que je le fais. Quand j’ai le sentiment que j’ai atteint mon maximum, l’accueil de la série est ce qu’il est…

ILTVSW. Que pensez-vous de ceux qui affirment que la comédie n’est pas le bon genre pour traiter de sujets fondamentaux ?
Danny Strong. Ceux qui pensent cela ne connaissent rien au sujet. C’est simple. Il y a tellement de comédies qui traitent de sujets importants comme la politique, l’amour, la race… tout. La comédie est en fait la meilleure manière de les aborder car vous faites rire les gens. Ils digèrent donc mieux les thèmes et les idées que les histoires contiennent.

Titre : Empire (2015 –    )
Créateurs : Lee Daniels, Danny Strong
Cast : Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard
Chaînes : Fox, W9 (France)

© 2015 ILTVSW – ne pas reproduire sans autorisation préalable d’ILTVSW

La semaine prochaine dans ILTVSW… Oups, pas encore tranché, désolée.

ILTVSW guest star (VO) : Danny Strong co-creator of Empire

22 Nov

Danny Strong, the co-creator of Empire, was last June at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival.

ILTVSW was lucky enough to seat with him and talk about soap & politics.

 

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ILTVSW. I think of Empire as the first political soap ever, am I totally wrong or did you actually want to talk about modern America in the show from the very beginning of the project ?
Danny Strong. That was always inherent in Lee Daniels and I doing the show together. And I think the combination of doing a soap that is grounded in a drama that tackles social issues seems to work really well. They balance each other out very nicely.

ILTVSW. Does that approach of dealing with important issues through a joyful show is more efficient in terms of its impact ?
Danny Strong. … And the issues make the soap elements more dramatic. They balance each other out. One feeds the other. I find that comedy is so helpful in drama because it makes the drama more dramatic and it also makes it easier to get a laugh. Because you don’t have to be so funny for something to be really funny when it is in a drama. And I think having issues about social justice in a show that has a sparkle to it makes the social justice issues feel more resonant and powerful and makes the sparkle of the show sparkle even more because it is contradicting the other part of the show.

The nature of how we watch stories now is very different than when The Wire was airing

ILTVSW. Despite these serious elements Empire is a huge success. The Wire,  which was deeply addressing social justice, racism, drug dealing became cult but never was able to score big ratings. How do you explain Empire is saying so many things about the American society and still manage to be a hit show ?
Danny Strong. Well, The Wire is one of the most genius show of the last twenty years. I think it would be so much more successful today than when it started airing. Because of  streaming and because you can just go and watch all the shows at once after they have aired. The word of mouth on The Wire which really seems to happen around season 3 would have happened much faster and I bet you by season 3 The Wire, if it had aired now, would have done what say Mad Men or Breaking Bad did in their season 3 when they really blew up. The nature of how we watch stories now is very different than when The Wire was airing. It was also hard to just jump into in the middle of the season, you really had to start from the beginning because of the way the writers told the story. But if you did it was so rewarding.

ILTVSW. The audience seems not to care about the fact that Empire is an almost totally black cast show and still there was an article on Deadline Hollywood about how difficult it was now for white actors to find jobs on TV. How do you explain that reaction ? 
Danny Strong. I don’t think that that article was representative of the industry at all. I think people that make content are just trying to chase success. They just want products to be successful. With the success of Scandal and How to get away with murder and Empire, it has made crystal clear to everyone that there is a huge black audience that is under-represented in television that wants to watch shows with black leads. And simultaneously you can get a white audience too. You can get any audience. It is beyond race. My gut is you will be seing more of it because the industry is just trying to succeed.  When they started casting, they were looking for more black actors on TV shows it was merely a by-product of that. That article saying it was getting tougher out there for white actors was ridiculous because there is still an endless number of white roles. That’s all.

ILTVSW. What are the social issues you want to deal with in season 2 ?
Danny Strong. Definitely issues of homophobia and sexuality. We will be dealing with incarceration. We will also be exploring police harassment of people of color in America.

My philosophy is just tell the truth

ILTVSW. When you do that kind of writing do think in terms of your responsibility as a writer ?
Danny Strong. I have a philosophy which is : just tell the truth. As long as I tell the truth any blow back I get, I don’t care. As far as the responsibility goes when you are tackling  social issues, yeah you want to do it in a way that is responsible and truthful but also doesn’t feel preachy or spoon fed but like a genuine exploration of these issues. But I am not uncomfortable about anything. I’d talk about anything.

ILTVSW. Does the success of Empire teach us anything about the existence or the non existence of a post racial America ?
Danny Strong. There is no post racial America. These riots and everything we are having show that there is still a tremendous amount of racism in America. But was is positive is that it is moving forward, it is still progressing in such a positive way and the election of Barack Obama was such a reflexion of how far America has come.

 

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ILTVSW. And entertainment has the power to help things get better ?
Danny Strong. I think it absolutely can make things better and can push the culture forward. Why I write is to push the culture forward in a way that I think is positive. There are people out there that would think that what I write about is horrible for the country. You know, acceptance of homosexuality, talking about race issues in a positive way as far as making people more accepting… I view those people as sort of enemies of what I believe to be good and true. And I will keep pushing what I believe to be positive, hopeful, more of an utopian type theory of acceptance, love, people coming together. What Martin Luther King called the beloved community.

ILTVSW. Still some people will not acknowledge the strength of this soap opera form of writing…
Danny Strong. I am not worried about it at all. I just put it out there and hopefully people dig it. It seems to me that an overwhelming number of people seems to really love the show because the show has been embraced in a very massive way. Some people are going to misinterpret it and sometimes people are just contrarian to things that are successful and have to dislike it. I can’t worry about the audience and individuals. Because everyone has a different opinion at the end of the day. I just write what I want to say, what I like, what I think is good story and put it out there. For me the rewarding quality why I do what I do is because I enjoy actually doing it. So once something feels good, like I got into a place where it is just the best I can do to be honest with you then the response is the response.

ILTVSW. What do you think of people who say that comedy isn’t the right form to deal with fundamental subjects ?
Danny Strong. Anyone who thinks it is a sin for comedy to address fundamental issues doesn’t really know what they are talking about. That’s it. There are so many comedies out there that are some of the most insightful satirical important issues addressing politics, love, race… everything. And comedy is actually the best way because you do it in a way where you get people laughing. So the themes and the ideas behind it are more easily digested for them.

Title : Empire (2015 –    )
Creators : Lee Daniels, Danny Strong
Cast : Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard
Networks : Fox, W9 (France)

© 2015 ILTVSW – not to be reproduced without a prior authorization from ILTVSW

Next week in ILTVSW, the French version.

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