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retro week 197

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Week 10

Paul Burke (CC) is wearing glasses because he chose to start using cue cards. A number of prime-timers that came on the show found the volume of dialogue daunting...


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You can feel the writers struggling to find their voice in these scenes. We were all new to the show. Everybody's taking things too seriously. It took a while for us to find that tongue-in-cheek sense of fun that became our trademark.


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Even the directors were finding their feet. Notice that in introducing the much-anticipated Marcy Walker to the show, it takes about two minutes to get to a decent shot of her face...


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Again, you can see the awkwardness of the Atrium set--$100,000 that served primarily as a backdrop because of boom and camera access. We knock down part of it in the earthquake coming up, and finally move inside of it.


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Whopping gobs of dialogue again--amazing what the fear of unemployment compels us to do. Pretty soon the writers start loading the show onto the five or six of us who were 'first-take' performers.


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