What’s been the best and worst day on this job?
I remember reading the Scandal pilot and calling Shonda and saying, “You’ve written this so confidently, it feels like it’s already on the air.” And that’s always the most exciting thing when you read a great script or you see a great cut. The worst? This was a challenging year because we launched so many shows, and I had some favorites in there that I thought would have gotten more traction than they did. Looking at the overnights the morning after can sometimes be a tough thing: “Oh really? That’s what we have to show for it?”
What kind of notes do you give to Shonda Rhimes?
I do not give notes to Shonda. (Laughs.)
Scandal, your breakout success, blows through a tremendous amount of story in every episode. Do you ever have concerns about the pace of the storylines?
But that is sort of the hallmark of the show, right? It does accelerate through a lot of story, but it’s also what people like about the show.