This week on The Write Environment, host Jeffrey Berman interviews Sam Simon, a co-creator of Fox's longest running animated TV series, "The Simpsons," Simon discusses his favorite comedians, as well as his work for "Taxi", "Cheers", and "The Drew Carey Show.
Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, "The Simpsons". The recipient of a dozen Emmys as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including "Taxi", "Cheers", and "The Drew Carey Show". In this candid one-on-one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of "The Simpsons", and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.
If you are in the Los Angeles area you can watch The Write Environment on KCET every Wednesday night at 10pm and again the following Saturday evening at 11PM. KCET's press release Announces New Program Schedule Wednesday is Drama Night. At 8:00 p.m., Robert Vaughn stars in Hustle, about a grifter who works with a team of con artists with a conscience in England. Then Helen Mirren stars in Prime Suspect as the tenacious, difficult and brilliant Jane Tennison, a no-nonsense British detective for Scotland Yard. Next, The Write Environment features local filmmaker Jeffrey Berman as host of one-on-one interviews with prolific screenwriters. Jeffrey Berman hosts this series of programs that provides an insight into the creative process by talking to some of the most influential writers in the entertainment business. This week's guest is writer/director Joss Whedon, who is one of the most prolific figures in television. You can find out more and keep track at KCET's website. http://www.kcet.org/shows/write_environment/