Winnie Holzman won television immortality for creating the short-lived but highly influential series MY SO-CALLED LIFE. Since then, she has worked on ONCE AND AGAIN and HUGE, and is reportedly writing the book for the big-screen version of the Broadway hit WICKED.
Holzman is also an executive producer and writer on Showtime Network’s Sunday-night comedy/drama ROADIES. Created by Cameron Crowe, also an executive producer along with J.J. Abrams, ROADIES stars Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino as two crew managers that try to keep things running smoothly for a (fictional) headlining rock band.
AX: How did you become involved with ROADIES?
WINNIE HOLZMAN: J.J. actually contacted me, but [he and Crowe] had obviously discussed it and felt that I would be a good fit. And I had worked with Cameron in this very brief way [as an actor] during the filming of JERRY MAGUIRE.
AX: How do you guys divide up the creative chores on this?
HOLZMAN: You know what? There’s no rule book. We’ve just kind of lived it. We’ve really organically tried to feel what is right, and so far, knock wood, it’s kind of just fallen into place. I think of it like, [Crowe] is the lead writer, because it’s his story of his world, and I’m there to be a support to that. But also, I throw in my own ideas, as you can imagine. And then if he loves them, he loves them, and then we go with them.
AX: Can you talk about the difference between the kind of spiritual love it seems that the roadies have for their band and fraternal love and romantic love, and how aware or unaware the characters are of those differences?
HOLZMAN: I think that is the show. I mean, the show is all about those different forms of love, how incredibly annoying they can be, how incredibly more complicated than one ever dreamed they could be, how they’re really all that matters, but how do you do it? I think the whole idea of the love for music, the love for your band, the love for the person you work with day in, day out, the love/hate. Love/hate to me is really what love is in a funny way. That push and pull is, to me, a lot of the show.
AX: Is there anything odd about being a creative person, writing about people who are inspired by creativity, but who don’t want to be creative themselves?
HOLZMAN: Well, I wouldn’t say that’s true in ROADIES’ case. There are people in ROADIES’ world who do want to be creative and are artists in their own right. So I don’t think it’s that cut and dried. And there’s nothing odd in it to me. They always come in different shapes and sizes, different levels in ambition, different kinds of neurosis, but in the end, people are people.
This interview was conducted during Showtime Network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.
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