"Mr. And Mrs. Smith Meets The Office"
CB: So what does that entail for you, then?
PK: Well, you'll do anything from casting to taking production meetings, you'll meet with the department heads and talk about, when you say you want a gun to be in the script, what gun were you talking about? Or if you wanted somebody dressed as a pickle, were you thinking a dill pickle or a bread-and-butter pickle? I've never really had the chance to do this, because Veronica Mars was down in San Diego, so we would just have one phone call with the director, and then we'd start seeing dailies. It would be like, "Cool pickle costume," or "You idiots! I was talking about the other pickle."
CB: That's interesting -- I would have thought on a smaller show, you guys would have worn more hats. But, like you say, you were in L.A. and production was in San Diego.
PK: Yeah, and you know, Dan Etheridge ["VM's supervising producer" -- CB] was sort of the eyes and ears of the writers' room, and the arbiter of taste and tone, and he would just do all that stuff down there, and if anything felt off, he would just call Rob or the writer. But you know, when you're shooting on the stage right next to your writer's office, it's exciting that you can walk over, but also, it's a real responsibility, because if somebody is dressed as the wrong pickle, then it's your bad. I spent eight days on my first episode working terrible hours that I never had to work on Veronica Mars, and you realize that, you know, if you're on location, you have a chance to jump in, and you have to be willing and you have to sort of know how to participate until the show is aired. This is all stuff I'm learning to do, still.
CB: You mentioned John Enbom a few times, which won't surprise a lot of our readers who know that you were considered a team, to the point where you were known as "Klembom" around the office.
CB: How did you guys forge this close working relationship?
PK: Well, he worked at Propaganda as a reader as well, and he was college roommates with a guy who became my, like, first good Los Angeles friend, this guy named Marty Yu, who was Mr. Wu.