Simonds Interview continued
TKTV: Did The X-Files ask permission to use the Salinger headstone in their
episode this spring?
PK: I didn't know they had done that. So they didn't ask me.
TKTV: Tell us a little bit about how you write an episode of Party of Five.
Is there any kind of preparation you have to follow? How long is the cycle
from concept until it appears on screen?
PK: The writing staff typically spends about a week together "breaking" the story
for each episode, followed by four to five weeks of writing and rewriting,
followed by seven shooting days and a several week post-production process.
So the total time from concept to screen -- well, you do the math.
TKTV: How much do people involved with the production of Party of Five use
the web? The show has a very loyal and active fan base online. Are there
any ways in which you think this could be used to enhance or promote the
PK: We use the internet for research on topics raised in the show, and some staff
may occasionally check the show's web sites to gauge audience reaction to
storylines. Generally, however, we try hard not to be influenced by any
outside opinions -- critics' or fans' -- in order to deliver shows that
surprise the audience and defy expectations. As far as using the web to
promote the show, we leave that to the excellent publicity departments at the
network and studio, so I can't really say.