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Welcome to the Writers' Room, Thanks to the New York Times

Welcome to the Writers' Room, Thanks to the New York Times

Earlier this year, TV writers were in the news like never before — but, unfortunately, that's because they were on strike. So, what's it like when they're working? The New York Times has given us a peek, taking us inside the rooms where the writers come up with the dramatic scenes and witty one-liners that make television so great.

The story goes inside five different writers' rooms. Awesomely, each one belongs to a favorite show of mine: Flight of the Conchords, Weeds, Damages, How I Met Your Mother, and House.

Some fun facts: The Damages room includes a rescued puppy who barks every time a page comes out of the printer. The Mother staff chomps salt-and-vinegar potato chips, while the Weeds room is a sugar-free zone. House writers actually use a whiteboard a la their title character when he's working on a diagnosis, and the Conchords spend a large portion of their day looking up old music videos on YouTube.

I was impressed by the patchwork pattern of colored index cards in the Conchords room that reportedly tracks "every idea [they've] ever had in the last six months," as well as by the fact that Weeds writers aren't allowed to have their cell phones in the room. Overall, it's a cool glimpse into a side of the writing life that we viewers don't get to see very often. Go check it out, and then tell me: What TV show do you imagine has the coolest writers' room? (I've long thought it's probably The Office.)


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kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
The Office would be fun coz of the writers who also double as actors, but, OMFG, Flight Of The Conchords writing room?? I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING BETTER!!
Taadie Taadie 9 years
The first link in the second paragraph takes you to the story. I would have loved to see the Gilmore Girls writing room but current rooms would definitely be The Office, Mad Men, Gossip Girl and Greys Anatomy. Aistea, that is one mighty fine picture of Mr. Krasinski. MIGHTY FINE.
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 9 years
Where was this published? Is this an edit in the NY Times? Was it from today? Where can I find this?
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Definitely The Office. I would love to sit in on a table reading of one of thier episodes, that would be awesome!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I guess I would want to see what it's like for the writers of The Office and maybe Pushing Daisies.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 9 years
In the article I was most surprised at how much the writers mentioned "ridding the room of distractions" because I need those creative launching points like silly toys & weird images. I'd really like to be a fly on the wall of the writers room for The Closer. Oh, and Psych!
ashleybrooke-87 ashleybrooke-87 9 years
i would love to sit in on a Lost writing session. just to know the awesomeness that far in advance. but i agree, the office would probably be hilarious.
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I'm with Buzz... I think The Office would have the coolest writer's room!
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