Top Writers Reveal Lies They’ve Told Execs (and more!)

Gather ’round, kiddies, and listen to Mindy Kaling, Dan Harmon, and more of our TV writing faves reach into their souls and deliver us – yeppers, you guessed – our favorite kind of TMI:

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The brains behind “The Mindy Project,” “Parenthood,” “Bones,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Modern Family” (among others) also weigh in on which TV show they really want to write for, the secrets to a successful pitch and what they tell young writers who ask for advice.

If my writers room were asked to describe me as a showrunner, they’d probably say …

Dan Harmon (Community): He’s like if you removed all the atheism, charm and current events from Bill Maher, then beamed that into Randy Quaid‘s body and hit it with a belt in a basement for 10 years.

Jason Katims (Parenthood): Here comes Mr. What Would Really Happen?

Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project): Demanding. Decisive. Grouchy when hungry.

Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs): Any pitch about a robot, a lightsaber or Sloth from Goonies will get into the script. No matter how lame it is. That’s right, writers. I’m on to you.

Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries): Not a morning person.

Hart Hanson (Bones): Hart is lucky to have us here doing all the heavy lifting while he gets the credit. Also, he eats too much meat at lunch.

Stephen Nathan (Bones): The guy with the gray hair.

Robert King (The Good Wife): I just went into the room and asked them. They said I was one of the nicest people they’ve ever met, a lot of fun at parties and handsome, too.

If I could write for another series currently on television for a season, it would be …

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