MONDO EXTRAS

Suit Up for How I Met Your Mother Scoops

by Angel Cohn October 3, 2008
The Craig Thomas Interview

TWoP: Yes!

CT: And he starts hooking up with Cordelia. That was like throw-hot-beverages-at-the-TV-screen level of discomfort. My wife and I were so upset.

TWoP: I held it against that poor actor. I had such a hard time watching Mad Men because of it.

CT: I know. Totally! It was hard to get over it. It's so funny. That's exactly how we feel. He's good on Mad Men, and it's not creepy or incestuous or weird. He's doing a good job. But there's that little part of you that's like, "Damn... that was a rough ride that we all went through on that show."

TWoP: Are you having fun being back this season?

CT: It's really fun. It was a really shortened hiatus, 'cause we went so late because of the strike. At first, we came back and it was like, "Oh my God, we just climbed Mt. Everest, and now we're just doing it again because we just did nine episodes in ten weeks with no scripts at all." We just had to bust it. It was the hardest I've ever worked in my life. It was just insane, but ultimately we discovered we're kind of good that way. We kind of do maybe better work when we're completely screwed.

TWoP: That second half of the season was amazing. The episodes were some of my favorites and really crazy funny.

CT: Thank you so much. We're really proud of it. Not only should it not have been any good, it should have made no sense. It could have just been a weird descent into madness, because we had no time to do any of it. But ultimately, it came out well. So when we first started back up, it was like, "Oh my God, how do we go back and do this again?" But then you're right back in. And when you're writing a show, you're also kind of a fan of that show hopefully, and it's nice to start spending time with these characters again. I kind of wanted to see what would happen. You start writing and getting creative and playful and letting these characters show you where they are going. It's a pretty fun feeling. With your writing staff, it's this shared hallucination in this real world you've created, a little bit. You care about these people. You want to see what's going to happen to them, and it's fun. You can write a show and be a fan of it at the same time. Which is a great thing.

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