In movies, if the cast and filmmaker don’t get along, at least there’s an end date. Television is a different story — specifically, it’s a long form story. Discord on set can last for years if you’re not careful.
So how do you solve that trouble once it starts? That’s one question explored in the new documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show — which debuts today in limited release and is also available on demand. The film, directed by Des Doyle, takes fans behind the scenes of hit TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, putting their creators (and their headaches) in the spotlight.
In this exclusive clip, Bones creator Hart Hanson is subjected to some good-natured torment from stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel — who seem to think he needs to step up his own personal wardrobe department. But conflict between producers and actors isn’t always so innocent.
Hanson strikes a defeatist tone: If a show is a hit, the stars are the boss. “If there’s a huge fight, if you’re not getting along, and it comes to ‘Who’s going to stay?’, the actor will probably win.”
Revenge creator Mike Kelley takes a conciliatory, we-can-work-it-out approach: “There’s a note to be had in a vicious, throw down argument.”
But Kurt Sutter, the creator and co-star of Sons of Anarchy, has a more aggressive philosophy. He’s not taking any crap from actors.
Have a look, and check out Showrunners here: http://www.showrunnersthemovie.com