When I was a kid, I wanted to be That Girl. I even wrote a spec script for it and sent it to Sam Denoff.
When you're doing a network show in the States, you're just a slave to the ratings. There's so much money invested that there's this pervasive atmosphere of fear and anxiety. Every morning after an episode of your show airs, everyone is fixated on the numbers to try and determine how the show did.
When you decide you want to become a television writer, you naively assume it's going to be like the writers on the old 'Dick Van Dyke Show.' You'll write something and they'll just put it on TV. But what you quickly discover is that American network television is television by committee.
The character of Matt LeBlanc in 'Episodes' has some real dark sides, and Matt wasn't afraid to explore those.