The Good Wife creators Jane Espenson and Michael Dowd discuss how the writers’ room at CBS has changed from the first season to the second season.
Espenson, who won the Emmys for her role as Elizabeth Jennings, was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin when the show was created.
She was introduced to the writing process when she was an intern, according to THR.
The first season was filmed on location in Texas and then the cast was transported to Los Angeles, where they worked on a few episodes, and then they were brought back to L.A. for the second run.
“They had to get back to LA in the middle of the week and then come back for the third run,” she told THR.
“It was crazy, and we got to spend a lot of time with each other.
There was a lot more of a camaraderie,” Dowd said.
“I mean, you just feel like you’re in a community, and you’re really like a family.
“There were women on the writers room. “
It wasn’t like it was a men-only thing. “
There were women on the writers room.
It wasn’t like it was a men-only thing.
It’s like, oh, I get to work with everybody.
So there were all women on that team.
But it was very much like a women-only show, so I was like, I guess, the first person who felt like I didn’t belong there.””
The writing process was more about the relationships that existed on the set than anything else,” she continued.
“And I was very fortunate to have been on a team that was very collaborative and open and kind of open to each other’s ideas, and that was something that was really nice.
I think that’s what we did really well.”
Esperson, who is a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, was initially hired to direct a scene in the pilot episode.
But when she auditioned, she was told the scene would be in the first two episodes, which was “too long,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I was like no, that’s not what you need to do.
That’s not how you do it,” Dowdsaid.
“So I was told, you know, it’s gonna be the first episode, and it was really fun to work on that one.”
During season one, Espenson worked with writer-producer Marc Buhler on the pilot, which starred Olivia Wilde, and later became a co-executive producer.
“Marc and I had an amazing time working on that,” Dowda said.
“And then we all kind of became friends, and Marc was the one who said, ‘I really want to write this one.’
And we wrote the pilot together,” she added.
“Then it was up to him to tell me if I wanted to do this or not.”
The producers went to LEO to discuss the script and when they finally had the two women on set, they had to be very careful about what they were going to say.
“It was such a collaborative process, because we all had to listen to each others’ thoughts,” Dowsaid.
The producers and the cast went back and forth a lot about how to create the perfect scenes, Dowdsaying she thought it would be interesting to see a scene between Jane and Jane’s husband, which is a scene they didn’t have before.
Dowdsays that it “took a lot for me to go, ‘OK, I need to work here on a script for this.
That was definitely an opportunity for me, to really feel like I was part of this group of people,” she said.”
The show went from there, with Dowd saying that they were constantly trying to get the writers to feel like they were part of the writers, too.”
That was definitely an opportunity for me, to really feel like I was part of this group of people,” she said.