Peggy Elliott: What I Learned At The Dick Van Dyke School Of Sitcom Writing
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
When I started writing situation comedies for television, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" had just finished its run. It was too late to have a shot to write for the gold standard, but the right time to work with practically everyone who had been associated with the show as they moved on to new projects.
Bill Persky and Sam Denoff, co-creators and producers of "Dick Van Dyke," had created "That Girl" for Marlo Thomas. Jerry Paris, who played next-door neighbor Jerry on DVD, as well as directing many episodes, was now directing "Hey, Landlord," created by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson, writers for "Dick Van Dyke." Garry was my first mentor, and it was he who introduced me to my writing partner, Ed Scharlach, also fresh out of college.
Ed and I were "the kids" among writing teams who were, on average, 10 years older, and we spent our 20s being discovered by a series of some of the best talents in our strange but wonderful business. In our freshman year, we worked non-stop, prod...
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