Television is an excellent training ground for a director. If you work consistently in television, as I did, you have to come in on time and on budget. What you are allowed in feature films are, fortunately, more time and a larger budget.
It's in the nature of television to restrain the spontaneity of a live event. Things become more and more prepackaged.
I threw my TV out years ago.
I was watching TV one day, and I'm like, 'How did those people get on TV? I'm gonna try that. Hey, mom, I want to be on TV!' And she's like, 'OK, let's get you an agent.'
TV kind of worked out naturally for me. I was fortunate to do a show like 'Breaking Bad' and then go straight into something like 'Friday Night Lights.' It's not something I focus on, but when they're great projects, I can't pass them up.
I've loved every minute I've spent in television. And I've had much more failure, as traditionally measured, than success in television. I've done four shows, and only one of them was the 'West Wing.'
Television is the most perfect democracy. You sit there with your remote control and vote.
When I was a child - in wartime, pre-television - books were my life.
A lot of cable television is shot on a single camera. Our eyes are more trained to that. It takes the camera off the crane, away from observing the action, to becoming a character in the story along with everyone else. People are getting used to that.
Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
I think a lot of TV insults the audience.
Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
Television has brought back murder into the home - where it belongs.