During Malcolm in the Middle - I think I was around 15 or 16 - instead of running to my trailer after a scene I would stay on set. I would ask questions.
I would hang out with the crew. I would hang out with the grips, you know, the guys doing all the work. I would ask questions, and I would look around. I would talk to the writers. I actually went to Linwood Boomer a few times with some treatments, ideas for some episodes.
I'd submit it to him. He'd give me his notes. So it was actually really early in the process or early in Malcolm where I would start doing that. I was always thinking towards the future. So that was with it for me. - MediaWeek
The idea came up from our creators, Tommy Dewey and Greg Bratman. They brought this idea to us way back when, and we just sort of developed it from an idea to scripts. Finally, we took it to Fox because I had some relationships there obviously, and they purchased it from us. It was exciting. It was like our first scripted show that we sold as a company at J2
, and we couldn't be happier with the people that we're working with and the two guys that wrote it. Visually and maybe tonally, everyone's going to compare it to Malcolm
, but I think story wise you can't really compare it to any show that's been out there. It's a truly unique concept, and we're excited that Fox and everyone has a vision to see this through because on the face of it, it is kind of crazy. It's kind of out there, but they were behind it from day one. It's not really a concept that comes up too much in the show, and it sort of naturally weaves its way into every script, so it's not like if someone tunes in four episodes into the season that they're going to be lost. It's really easy to catch up on it. - tvismypacifier.com
I don't really consider myself the big boss, but that's the title they've given me.
I act the same way I did before - just be respectful to everyone. As long as everyone does their job, hopefully we will have a successful show. That's all you can hope for. It should be simple. That's my philosophy. - zap2it.com
"Being in front of the camera, you never got to see the whole process from the conception of the script all the way through to the filming process. And building the pilot...selling this little inkling of an idea has just been eye-opening for me, I especially love the whole casting process because I've been on the other side of the process in those rooms, and now I get to sit behind the camera and sort of--" "...Judge!"
Tyler Labine pipes up, and they both laugh. - examiner.com
Network brass were hovering around when the show was in its nascent stages. "That's a heavy understatement" says Justin...Todd Holland adds "You have never had so much participation, shall we say. I mean, it really started to be like, 'Please love us less.'"
All that attention from the top caused a good bit of frustration, it would seem. "It's like a parent that doesn't give you clear instructions and you don't know how to please them,"
...'So it's always like a weird thing trying to figure out: What do they want? What are they saying? Even if we did understand the instructions, would we agree enough to do it that way, or would we have to push back?' Berfield and his partner Jason Felts had tried to interest the illustrious Holland in directing other projects of theirs in the past, to no avail. "I think it's good it didn't work out in the beginning. It was a learning process for us.
I was young, just starting out as a producer, seeing different material - striking out a few times, I think it helps you grow." - jaxobserver.com