by Mr. Mike » Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:55 pm
Larry Cohen is only 75 years old, but he has had an amazing career as writer, producer and director. He started writing scripts when he was only in his late teens! On the recently-released DVD box set of season one of The Defenders (a show for which he wrote several scripts), he had this to say:
Today television is entirely different [from the 60's] because most of the shows are done by a roomful of writers; they call it "the writers' room." And these writers are usually credited on the show as associate producers, co-producers, executive producers, co-executive producers, ad nauseum. And they're really writers. And what they do is they keep turning the script over from one to the other to the other to the other, till nobody really wrote it and everybody really wrote it. In the old days, that was done by comedy shows like Bob Hope, who had seven or eight or nine writers. And they would all be in a room. But none of the dramatic shows were ever written by committee back in in those days, in the sixties, when I was working.
by Mr. Mike » Thu May 11, 2017 10:40 pm
Here is a WWW page with some further comments on who all the "producers" for a show really are...