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The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

by Sara M October 3, 2007
The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

Sara M: So I'm sure you've been asked this all down the red carpet so far, but what's it like going back into production on the series after this summer's movie?

Al Jean: Well, the series was always my first love, and I'm really excited to be doing a new episode of the show every week. We have some terrific ones coming up. And I think one thing that the movie really did for us, which was always my goal, is to bring new fans into the show.

Sara M: Oh, yeah. So has everything been done at this point? Show's been on for twenty seasons.

Al Jean: No, there's twenty-two more shows this season that haven't been done yet, and we're hoping to do more seasons after that. The movie wasn't supposed to be an ending, but a beginning.

Next, I spoke with Kat Foster from 'Til Death, another sitcom that is part of Fox's master plan to get the entire cast of Everybody Loves Raymond on Wednesday nights. Look for Doris Roberts to star in a gritty crime drama next season.

Sara M: How was it to go back for a second season?

Kat Foster: It's more certain, and just sort of knowing what the game is, you know? Last season, there was a lot of adjustment, we were all trying to figure each other out and the writers were trying to figure us out, what our strengths were. And now we're armed with that knowledge going into second season, and Fox is really supporting us, I think, like they did last year, but even more, so it's cool. It's a nice feeling.

Sara M: So the executive producer/creators of the show are a married couple...do they ever fight at work? Because that would be awkward.

Kat Foster: No, they keep that to themselves if they fight. I think everyone on the writing staff minus, like, one guy -- there's ten writers, I think? They're all married. And I just found out that the rule of the show is that only things that have actually happened to them or to friends of theirs can be storylines. So it's all coming from real life, every story, every fight, every, you know, relationship.

Sara M: Eddie Kaye Thomas plays your husband on the show. Do you guys have a sort of married couple relationship?

Kat Foster: Yeah, we do, actually. People have said that to us, like, "Oh my god, you guys are really married," because we start fighting over totally stupid stuff. Like, we'll be in hair and makeup, and just recently we had this fight about this documentary -- because he's very thinking and rational and I'm emotional and feeling -- so sometimes he'll just go off on something, and I'll be like, "How could you say that?" And then he'll get mad that I'm getting upset, so it's very, very similar to what a married couple is like.

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The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

by Sara M October 3, 2007
The Fox Fall Press Junket: Sitcoms

Rashida Jones: It's super-different, I mean, totally, it's the opposite. It's so broad, and I kinda wanted to try that, because I'm not gonna get anything better than The Office in that -- oh, sorry! [Another reporter placed his microphone near her to get her answer to my question and accidentally hit her hand. My questions are so good that people are attacking actors just to hear the answers!] So why even try to do anything similar, was how I felt about it.

Sara M: And this is from the Farrelly Brothers, so will your hair stay...um...unbesmirched?

Rashida Jones: [laughs] Gross! There are some sad and humiliating things that happen to me. Maybe not as graphic as that, that have to do with bodily fluids, but other things, yeah.

Sara M: Good, then, I hope your hair stays pristine, and thanks for talking to me!

Rashida Jones: Thank you, nice to meet you!

I also got to ask Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, a few questions. I apologize for the lameness of them, but I was in the presence of someone so closely associated with The Simpsons and kind of lost the ability to think and stuff:

Sara M: So I'm sure you've been asked this all down the red carpet so far, but what's it like going back into production on the series after this summer's movie?

Al Jean: Well, the series was always my first love, and I'm really excited to be doing a new episode of the show every week. We have some terrific ones coming up. And I think one thing that the movie really did for us, which was always my goal, is to bring new fans into the show.

Sara M: Oh, yeah. So has everything been done at this point? Show's been on for twenty seasons.

Al Jean: No, there's twenty-two more shows this season that haven't been done yet, and we're hoping to do more seasons after that. The movie wasn't supposed to be an ending, but a beginning.

Next, I spoke with Kat Foster from 'Til Death, another sitcom that is part of Fox's master plan to get the entire cast of Everybody Loves Raymond on Wednesday nights. Look for Doris Roberts to star in a gritty crime drama next season.

Sara M: How was it to go back for a second season?

Kat Foster: It's more certain, and just sort of knowing what the game is, you know? Last season, there was a lot of adjustment, we were all trying to figure each other out and the writers were trying to figure us out, what our strengths were. And now we're armed with that knowledge going into second season, and Fox is really supporting us, I think, like they did last year, but even more, so it's cool. It's a nice feeling.

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