Yeah I heard this too. I believe it’s part of what took the show long to get to air. Tony and Richard weren’t liking the quality of the writing because it didn’t fit what they envisioned so Richard just took over and got new writers, 2 or 3 I think. It’s barely a writer’s room since Richard probably does some deep rewrites. I think it’ll probably lend itself to the enhanced quality of the show. Quality begets recognition.
Wow I just gained even more respect for Tony and Richard.
I think shows end up being better when they are written by a SMALL (no more than 4 people) team of writers. With fewer winters, continuity increases and the characters keep the same “voice” at all times. Man, even Archer - a damn cartoon - is primarily written by one person and the continuity is pretty damn spectacular. They call back to things from s1 and s2 very easily and it makes sense.
You can have a bunch of writers when it’s a procedural, but serials need to be helmed by the smallest team of writers as possible, IMO.
All this 👆
I’ve been really fascinated to hear the writing process of John Logan, who is the Executive Producer and sole writer for Penny Dreadful. He describes the series as very personal to him because he came of age as a gay man in a time less accepting. His philosophy was that the thing that made him monstrous to some was the thing that actually empowered him.
That’s not to say that sometimes a bigger writers room isn’t always good. I think The X-files had a pretty good stable of writers that have gone on to produce some quality shows.
Yeah I think a team of writers can be helpful in certain cases. Having a sole writer really provides a clarity of voice. I know some shows have certain writers write for certain characters. That’s cool too.