Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest.
There's a certain possessiveness of writers sometimes.
If you watch Cheers, in 12 years they didn't age a day.
The business is built on slowing or even stopping the aging process.
It worked well because Don Murray didn't want to be on Knots anymore.
The West Wing seems to be feeding the myth about how presidential politics are.
Networks don't want a show with a continuing story. There's no backend potential.
I knew with The West Wing that that wasn't going to be for very long, that I was just the red herring.
I'm trying to find a character that's my age and I can sustain week after week. I'd like to do a series.
I try to watch only real things, which basically amounts to C-Span for me. I like real people in real situations. I learn from that.