06 June, 2007

Writer-performers stage balancing acts

Variety:

"In Britain, where a "season" of a show might easily be six carefully crafted episodes, it's commonplace to see a Ricky Gervais write every script and star in every episode.

American TV, though, with its 20-plus episode seasons, has long adopted a tidy assembly-line approach: Writers work in the writers' room, actors on the set.

Yet writer-performers are very much in evidence Stateside, especially in comedy, where the factory approach seems to be running out of steam."

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