Damon Lindelof, Lena Waithe and TV's Top Producers Share Election Day Plans (After Voting, Of Course)

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Damon Lindelof, Lena Waithe

For the 2020 Showrunners Issue, THR polled TV's top writer-producers on how they plan to spend Election Day.  Some expect to light a joint, two signed up to be poll workers and more than a few plan to boycott Twitter — but they all seem to have one thing in common. Spoiler alert: they're anxious, too.

“Kissing the ground — or applying for a Canadian visa.”
—Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek Discovery

“Smoking a lot of weed.”
—Lena Waithe, Twenties

“Doing none of the things I did in 2016 (apart from voting). Too superstitious.”
—Greg Berlanti, most shows

“Hoping for a Biden/Harris landslide, furiously doom-scrolling Twitter and trying and failing to wait until dark to drink.”
—Liz Feldman, Dead to Me

“I applied to be a poll worker, so I’m excited to be part of this year’s crazy. No hanging chads on my watch. Get your booties to the poll, y’all!”
— Katori Hall, P-Valley

“Still obsessively refreshing Twitter despite all the lies I told myself that, immediately after the election, I would delete Twitter.”
— Josh Schwartz, Nancy Drew

"Hopefully not being huddled in my house with rations and weapons."
—Kenya Barris, #BlackAF

"Sitting alone in the dark, wearing a mask and face shield, just like every other day."
—Kerry Ehrin, The Morning Show

"To avoid all the cable news anxiety, I'll probably take my wife to a restaurant. Perhaps a movie after, and then maybe a drink at our favorite bar... Oh shit, wait, I forgot I can't do any of that... Then I'll probably be at home, rage-tweeting in front of the TV."
—Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot

"Cracking a bottle(s) of nice wine, laying under two weighted blankets, and hoping for the best."
—Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek

And, Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof, scripts his most optimistic (and pessimistic) takes on how Nov. 3 might pan out...

Best case: "A decisive result on election night that restores decency and sanity to America and begins a reckoning of how we all got so close to the edge… and, of course, a safe and healthy vaccine so I can finally go see Tenet in IMAX without worrying about dying."

Worst case: "An unclear result that leads to more acrimony, finger-pointing and nose-looking-downing without understanding that’s what got us here in the first place… and I’ll have to watch Tenet on HBOMax which will make Christopher Nolan mad."

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.