Showrunners 2012: '2 Broke Girls'' Michael Patrick King
From their obsessive rituals (Peppermint Patties! Oatmeal! Bruce Springsteen!) to the parts of their jobs they hate most (killing characters off, dealing with agents), TV's most influential writer-producers featured on The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the Top 50 Showrunners come clean about the people, things and quirky habits that keep them -- and their shows -- alive.
Michael Patrick King, 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
The show that inspired me to write:
King: The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
My big break:
King: Joining the staff of Murphy Brown.
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My TV mentor:
King: Diane English is still the most shining example of a showrunner I’ve yet to experience.
My proudest accomplishment in this year:
King: Putting a show on the air in a traditional sitcom format that has a contemporary edge.
My toughest scene to write this year:
King: The second episode of any new show can be tough. You have about a week to top the well-crafted and polished pilot episode that was written over six months.
The most absurd network I’ve ever gotten:
King: “Fourteen uses of the word vagina are too many in one script.” To which I replied: “How many is acceptable?” The response: “Six.”
The aspect of my job as showrunner that I’d rather delegate:
King: Looking at the ratings the morning after.
My preferred method for working through writer’s block:
If I could add any one writer to my staff, it would be:
King: Jesus Christ, because in some late night rewrites - you need a miracle.
What is the show I’m embarrassed to admit I watch:
King: Anything that has a housewife on it that writes her own dialogue.
The three things I need to write:
King: Time, tea and tuna sandwiches.
If I could scrub one credit from my resume, it would be:
King: None. The bad shows make you better. Not necessarily your writing - but you.