A lot of times they're just "What do they want?" or "What does the public want?" or "How can we get our numbers up?" He wants to protect the art. I think that he sees it as if you protect the work and protect people's ideas of what they want instead of muddying them because you're trying to make it safe or more commercial, that the ad dollars will come. So far, he hasn't done too bad a job. He's having a pretty good run there.
SF: It's good to hear that you have a lot of network support.
FG: Yeah, we really do and the studio support at NBC Universal is equally great if not even greater. They have just been totally hands-off but totally supportive. It's the kind of experience where I've got writers who have been in the business for years come up to me and say "You have no idea how lucky you are." I think that it's just because it's a different animal and we don't really have a script where dialogue can be pre-scrutinized or that the network has to get involved on the post-production side. They do, they definitely do, but it hasn't been to the detriment of our vision of the show. They've only been helpful.
SF: Let me ask you real quick about some of the cast members. Can you give us some of the people who are in Sons & Daughters and what kind of work they've done before?
FG: Gillian Vigman plays my wife. She was on Mad TV for a season and is just a brilliant comedic actress. She's great at improv and she's also really smokin'. I pulled a Belushi and gave myself a much younger, hotter wife. But she's just hysterical. I can't say enough about her.
Alison Quinn, who plays my sister Sharon, is just so unique, so funny and I think she's just gonna really pop because she's just...so out of left field. I think women are going to really attach themselves to her, I hope. I really have no idea how people are gonna respond but I love her.
I love Jerry Lambert, who is the Geico guy. That's how most people know him. We were walking down the red carpet and people were like "Hey! The Geico guy!" But he, he is just insane. I did five years at the ACME Comedy Theater on LaBrea and I met him there. He and I were in a couple of shows together and he's just one of the most outrageous, off-the-wall improvisers, kind of like on a Fred Willard-level. But he's terrific. He's my brother-in-law [on the show].