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Transcript of Christopher


Who is Christopher Lloyd?

He is best known as the co-executive producer of the hit show "Modern Family."
Christopher Lloyd is an American TV screenwriter and producer
Christopher Lloyd was born on June 18, 1960 (age 53) in
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S
He is the son of Arline and David Lloyd. David Lloyd was also a screen writer like Christopher and his brother Stephen.
Lloyd is married to actress and voice over artist Arleen Sorkin. They have two sons, Eli and Owen.
He began his career working on the first four seasons of "The Golden Girls," which received two Emmy Awards in the category of Best Comedy Series. Lloyd produced two seasons of the Paramount comedy series show "Down Home" before serving as producer on the sitcom "Wings." From there, he joined "Frasier".
Lloyd was on "Frasier" from the show's beginning where he served as co-executive producer for Season One and then executive producer/show-runner for Seasons Two to Seven which were seven successful seasons. During his time the series won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series, securing its place in television history as the only series to have achieved such record.
Lloyd is the co-executive producer of the TV series Modern Family, which he produces with Steven Levitan
When Christopher's father past away from prostate cancer; Christopher dedicated the Modern Family episode "Great Expectations" to him.
2. "When I was beginning my career," Christopher says, "I'd get Cheers scripts and try to break them down and outline them, so I could understand their structure. It was very much a part of my formative years in television."
1. "The show that inspired me to write:
Cheers. Deeply funny with warm, affecting characters -- watching it I felt like a kid watching a magic trick for the first time and desperately wanting to know how it was done."
Writing Process
3. "We have a large staff of 10 writers including myself and Steve, and we can fairly easily divide the room in half: he takes four, and I take four. We generate stories separately, but that’s early on in the process. Once we get on track, we confer with one another and feel free to intermingle the groups. A lot of the work with the actors we do separately because we each take every other episode and see it through to the end. We have a five-day shooting schedule, 10 hours Monday through Friday, all the way through the season. That’s one of the more fun aspects of the job. It would be overkill to have both of us onstage. Plus, if we did that, I don’t know what would be happening with the writers back in the room. Given that we have slightly different styles, it’s a good system."
4.No writers focus on just one actor. We all think about the series as a whole. That said, we spend countless hours talking about all the characters and with every new episode, we understand them a bit more.
5. "Contrary to what is often written, the characters are not based upon Steve’s family or my family. There were certainly influenced by family and friends, but more importantly by a desire to create a big, ungainly family, with a lot of disparate parts, that would bring us conflict in our story telling. "
7. I don’t watch too many other shows because I am busy watching sports and not improving my mind. I admire “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation,” but in general I don’t think it’s a good idea to watch other sitcoms because a.) a great joke or scene has a way of worming its way into your brain and influencing you in a bad way, and b.) most sitcoms are terrible.
Where does he get his material from?
Who are his characters based off of?
8." It is certainly one of our greatest challenges to service eleven (soon to be twelve) characters. Often, as you say, this involves telling five different stories in a 22 minute space."
Hardest Character to write for?
6. "The hardest character to write for used to be Lily, until this year when she became kind of wizened and conspiratorial and now she’s almost as much fun to write for as Phil."
Writer's Block!
9. "I always experience writer's block. I try to ask my kids and wife for their input, but if that doesn't work. I go for a run or get angry , usually both."
10. "Comedy on television got very sloppy in recent years because it was nothing but cynicism and shock value jokes which were, once they became commonplace, anything but shocking. We are not above the very occasional, very subtle, sex joke, but we are also mindful that there are families watching our show. We truly prize the fact that people watch the show with their young children and with their great grandparents and we are loath to alienate anyone in that bunch."
11."My proudest accomplishment this year:
Resisting the urge to write to the pajama-wearing, Mom's-basement-dwelling online critic who found it "bizarre, just bizarre" and "another sad sign of the show's decline" that Cam and Mitchell didn't appear in an episode until after the first commercial."
Journal Entry:
Think of a time when you wanted respond negatively to someone, but decided not to.
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