BP: We met in film school and then we both worked in independent films for a couple of years. Smallville was really our first TV show. We started as brand-new newbies and were lucky enough to get, I think, four scripts the first year. We just kind of learned trial-by-fire and honed our skills over the next several seasons as we worked under some really amazing mentors like Jeph Loeb and Mark Verheiden, who've now gone on to Battlestar Galactica and to Heroes. We kind of just learned what the show is and brought our own ideas to the table. So it's really been the last couple of years that we've been able to take what Al's and Miles's vision was and make it ours, as well as sticking to their original idea.
OG: So you've seen on the forum that they call you guys (Peterson + Sounders + Slavkin + Swimmer) "PS3?"
BP: Yeah. [Laughs.] I think that's actually kind of funny.
OG: You're not, like, an Xbox person and that offends you or anything, right?
BP: What's funny is that I was just recently dating a PS3 person, and I had never played one in my life until then. I was an old Atari and Intellivision guy.
OG: So that person was actually a game console?
BP: Yes, exactly. Somebody who was really into gaming. It's very clever, whoever coined that.
OG: How was the transition when Al and Miles left? Did you guys go nuts, like your parents were gone, and you could run around the house in your underwear and hire Rebecca De Mornay as your girlfriend?
BP: I think we gradually saw it coming over several seasons as their movie careers really started completely taking off. We've been preparing for it for a long time and they've been mentoring and preparing us. It wasn't a huge transition, but honestly, we didn't even have time because we had a lot of new cast to look at, and we had to really look at the next year's storyline. So we didn't have time to panic or freak out or jump on the bed or anything like that. We really just wanted to take the horns and continue with exactly what they had started.