Amanda Green (Co-EP), Margaret Easley (Writer) and Laura Putney (Writer) from The Mysteries of Laura were recently available for a fun blogger Q&A. I wasn’t able to attend due to a scheduling conflict, but I am able to share some great highlights from the conversation.
Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Rebecca Fry from My Spartan Life. Please go ahead.
Rebecca Fry: Yes. When it came to having Debra Messing, did you know you wanted her or did she audition for the role?
Amanda Green: Debra Messing does not need to audition for anything. She is, as you probably all know, so iconic and so present. I mean she was a dream. We just felt completely lucky that she was willing to do this show; not the other way around.
But the great thing I’ll say about having Debra is that she is herself a mom. And having a mom play the part of Laura is just so key, because I’m not saying an actress who isn’t a mother couldn’t handle the role, but Debra brings her own valid, grounded experiences as a parent – as a single parent – to this part. And she’s just awesome.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Dianna Ranere with FSM Blogs. Please go ahead.
Dianna Ranere: Hi. I was wondering, because you all are writers and I was reading that both you – two of you come from like an improve background. And the show is kind of a dramedy, which I love because it’s not all serious stuff, and Debra Messing is funny.
Is it easier to write for just a straight up drama – let me try that again – comedy or drama? Yes, there’s the comedy. So is it easier to write for a dramedy because you can kind of throw both in there? Or is it easier to write for a drama or a comedy?
Margaret Easley: I will say that having the improv background, it just sort of brings comedy to every moment we write. We are huge procedural fans. So writing a great procedural script, and then finding the comedy that organically comes out of that is a thrill.
It’s, I think, easier than writing straight comedy actually because you’re creating a world and a gritty story, and then finding the humor that comes out of that.
Operator: Our next question comes from the lines of Tara Settembre from Huffington Post. Please go ahead.
Tara Settembre: Hi. You’ve had some interesting guest stars. Are there any more funny appearances coming up, or any particular stars you’d like to see on your show?
Amanda Green: Oh wow, that’s a great question. I’m just trying to think of what we can tell you. I think there’s definitely some fun coming up.
Laura Putney: We’re not sure what we can say. We’ve got a great mom coming up.
Amanda Green: Yes. Let’s say, I’m just trying to think of – you know what? You’ve caught me at the end of – all of us – at the end of – we’ve just finished writing the 22nd episode. And I for the life of me can’t remember what we’ve shot, what we haven’t shot, what we’ve written, what we haven’t written, what we’ve released.
And gosh, I can’t remember what we’ve – what casting has been announced yet. What we’re trying to say is stay tuned. You will be pleased.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Kim Ritter with 2 Kids and a Coupon. Please go ahead.
Kim Ritter: In Hollywood we used to only see the perfect housewives and perfect mothers like Donna Reed. And we’re finally now seeing, you know, real moms and real parents like in this series. Do you, you know, don’t have everything together – that are real life. Do you see this trend continuing in entertainment?
Amanda Green:I sure hope so.
Amanda Green: You know I mean I really, really hope so. Because I think and, you know, the audience proves it out. There are a lot of women out there who need to see themselves reflected in media. And it’s not just moms. It’s everything. I mean the amazing boom in diversity on TV screens speaks to the need of all of us to see ourselves reflected, not just, you know, one race, one ethnicity, one dress size, one, you know, hair style.
And I’m really hoping the Donna Reed days don’t come back because as classic as, you know, 50s television was, you know, shows like that make 99% of the population feel bad about themselves because their house isn’t clean, because their hair isn’t done, because they don’t fit into a size 2 dress without triple Spanx.
And I think we need to see parents of all sort of types across the spectrum that, you know, that encompasses, you know, parents of all forms, and people who are finding solutions that aren’t the same. And I think, you know, the first step is sort of voting with our viewership, because that’s what makes people sit up and take notice.
You know if people are watching Debra Messing play a working mom with chaos and paint chips and, you know, schmutz on her blouse or spit up, that sends a signal that this is a new way of looking at motherhood and, you know, the networks will listen…
Margaret Easley: Oh, I have more. You’ve unleashed a beast when you talk about. I just wanted to say I think we are all of a community. I think social media has been a huge part in changing that. There’s such an instant access to what’s real and painful and relatable.
And what you guys are putting out there and what we’re trying to put there is a more universal, real approach and view and vision of motherhood. So I think we’re all in this together. Now I’m done.
Laura Diamond is a brilliant NYPD homicide detective striving to balance her day job with a chaotic home life, and she’s the first to admit that she doesn’t always pull it off flawlessly. Her rambunctious twin boys and soon-to-be ex-husband, Jake – who can’t seem to find the time to sign the divorce papers – make life interesting. Complications arise when Jake becomes Laura’s boss at the precinct, but with the help of her understanding – and attractive – partner, Billy, she somehow manages to make it all work.
The Mysteries of Laura – Wednesday night’s at 8/7c on NBC!