From Lena Dunham to Matthew Weiner, TV's Best Writers Gathered in a Room Last Night. Here's What They Said
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Weiner, who claimed to have studied Chase "like a hawk," echoed his mentor, who used to say, "I'm not running a writing school." Weiner said that as a writer, you can either become "crushed" every time a showrunner rewrites your work, or you can strive each time to write a script in which that person "can't tell what's his and what's yours." It was that attitude, Weiner suggested, that got him to the top.
As much insight as Weiner and Dunham provided, the sleeper hit of the panel may have been Mann of Hatfields & McCoys, who said that if he wins on Sunday night, instead of a speech, "I'd just give out a website where I can thank people for 30 minutes and then Rickroll them."
Then, at the end of another question, he added the non sequitur, "Oh yeah, I forgot to say Kim Kardashian."
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