Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 191-200

June 21st, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 191-200:

Showrunner Rule #191: Strange phenomenon that actors net/stud casting directors consider “gets” are known by general public as, “Wait, WHO?”

Showrunner Rule #192: Best moment in script is invariably dialogle-less. It’s the look, clue, image that ties whole episode together.

Showrunner Rule #193: Identify that moment on set when fixing a performance in post is more efficient then fighting to get it on the day.

Showrunner Rule #194 (1 of 3): Ideal staff = 3 people who can write the crap out of the show… 1 person great at covering set…

Showrunner Rule #194 (2 of 3): …1 person who can warm up cuts… 1 person who keeps room on task… & 1 person who just makes you laugh.

Showrunner Rule #194 (2 of 3): Everyone else… is gravy.

Showrunner Rule #195: Even when not ur FAULT, ur PROBLEM. 6 rainy days means 5 dropped strips? U get paid 2 figure out how 2 get’m shot!

Showrunner Rule #196: U gunna have to write the @#$@$@#$ finale. Cause its your show, sure, but also… cause everyone is running on fumes.

Showrunner Rule #197: If your agents are spending the day trying 2 get a rise outta someone else’s agent… make someone else’s agent yours.

Showrunner Rule #198: Can’t establish every color for character in pilot. Gotta get all the blue filled in before grabbing the red crayon.

Showrunner Rule #199: Procedurals tend to have A, B stories & a C runner. Soaps, maybe A-D (w/ an E runner.) Have an F story? You F’d up.

Showrunner Rule #200: 200 of anything… is probably enough. So, onto something new… soon. (Thoughts? Suggestions? Complaints?) — J

Here is Jeff’s bio:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter (@JeffLieber).

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Coming up soon: My interview with Jeff.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 181-190

June 4th, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 181-190:

Showrunner Rule #181: Don’t rush pilot. Producer’s “They’re picking up NOW” is noise. Think Paul Masson: We’ll sell no wine before its time.

Showrunner Rule #182: No matter good/bad, scariest day day is when director’s cut of 1st episode arrives. Signals the coming of 90 hr weeks.

Showrunner Rule #183: Break order: 1 Character season arcs 2 Season episode structure. 3 Individual Episode Structure. 4 Individual Scenes.

Showrunner Rule #184: Same health erosion that happens with Presidents during 1st term… happens to showrunners during pilot pick up week.

Showrunner Rule #185: You know you’re close when you wake at 2AM to write, “It’d be better if it was an eagle” on a nearby scrap of paper.

Showrunner Rule #186: The 6th time you move a comma in the same sentence, is the moment you should leave your office and go break story.

Showrunner Rule #187: Iconic TV simplified. Universal emotions (love, hate, despair) portrayed in a manner unique to only YOUR show.

Showrunner Rule #188: Act structure via interjections. Tease: Cool. Act 1: Wow. Act 2: Fuck! Act 3: WHAT?! Act 4: Ah-hah! Tag: Wait, REALLY?

Showrunner Rule #189: Execs have 2, 4… maybe 6 shows to think about. You only have 1 & your show only has YOU. So… defend your show.

Showrunner Rule #190: Moment you get inkling you might use actor you down “own” (regular) pin’m. Nothing kills story like actor absentitus.

Showrunner Rule 190A: “Pinning” actor means calling agent to say, “Don’t let them take another job without letting us know first.”

Here is Jeff’s bio:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter (@JeffLieber) as Jeff rolls them out.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 171-180

June 3rd, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 171-180:

Showrunner Rule #171: Efficiency demands you delegate to room 1st. Clear room goals means they push ahead while you simultaneously catch up.

Showrunner Rule #172 (1 of 2): Should you need a touchstone for flawless television plotting, watch Breaking Bad, S1 E3, minutes 23 to 44…

Showrunner Rule #172 (2 of 2): …it’s Walter perseverating on taking a life & I don’t think it’s an overstatement to call it damn perfect.

Showrunner Rule #173: Have great handwriting? KEEP IT SECRET. Otherwise, 100% chance you’ll spend your days in room at board writing cards.

Showrunner Rule #174 (sneaky, 1 of 2): Every so often, when giving script to staff for input, add insane action (Bill vomits gnats*)…

Showrunner Rule #174 (sneaky, 2 of 2): …just to see who’s REALLY reading. (*Current example won’t seem insane on American Horror Story.)

Showrunner Rule #175: Quickly find crack staff member to oversee concept meetings, which are all logistics/decisions for LATER, and no art.

Showrunner Rule #176: Writing pilots is like drowning is possibility. All roads lead somewhere, but very few roads lead to “pick up”.

Showrunner Rule #177: You’ve slipped into lazy mode when header reads DINER. WHAT diner; where & why? These R the details that turns heads.

Showrunner Rule #178: Check rewrite drain 4 babies when emptying rewrite bath water. Over addressing notes as bad as not addressing at all.

Showrunner Rule #179: Every so often… go to the mall & listen to people talk. Ability to create real dialogue separates pros from pikers.

Showrunner Rule #180: Don’t allow outline to script until writer knows POINT of scenes. Not WHAT HAPPENS, but the FUNCTION within the whole.

Here is Jeff’s bio:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter (@JeffLieber) as Jeff rolls them out.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Los Angeles Times: TV Showrunner Roundtable

May 29th, 2013 by

Showrunners Alex Gansa of “Homeland,” Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire,” David Benioff of “Game of Thrones,” Glen Mazzara of “Walking Dead” and Vince Gilligan of “Breaking Bad” discuss how awards can help a show. Times’ editor Martin Miller moderates.

To see the entire hour-long session, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 161-170

March 18th, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 161-170:

Showrunner Rule #161 (1 of 2): Shows shot in 6 months often take place over 1 year, which is when ugly reality of SEASONS rears its head…

Showrunner Rule #161 (2 of 2): …location has one weather/show world another, so crew places fake fall trees outside location windows. #oy

Showrunner Rule #162: Start positive notes calls by pimping NAME of episode writer. Easy for staff to get overlooked in fog of production.

Showrunner Rule #163 (1 of 2): Unless you’re incredibly lucky/unlucky this show will not be your last, therefore every cast/crew member…

Showrunner Rule #163 (2 of 2): …is both an ally now & discovery for future adventures. Treasures of last show are 1st call for next one.

Showrunner Rule #164: Casting is ‘nother chance to improve script. Actor dynamic/persona can add/refine/improve character that’s on page.

Showrunner Rule #165: 93% of TV puking fails to elicit intended feeling. Fun to type “She blows chunks” but actual blowing mostly gets cut.

Showrunner Rule #166: Crew sees 6 7/8 page day as doable. Maybe not so with 7 1/8. Formatting changes can get day made based on moral alone.

Showrunner Rule #167: Weekend w/ less than 1 cut to note + 1 script/outline = WINNING! Weekend w/ more = something will become the shatty.

Showrunner Rule #168 (1 of 2): Best relationships between Exec/Writer are when former IDENTIFIES problem and trusts latter to SOLVE it…

Showrunner Rule #168 (2 of 2): …worst relationship is when Exec DEMANDS their solution & Writer INCAPABLE of discovering solutions on own.

Showrunner Rule #169: Learn to– What? Yes, I’ll take the call. OK, learn to– No, Act 3. Learn to think QUICKLY, because you’ll be interu–

Showrunner Rule #170: BA’ll ALWAYS insist there’s no time 2 get work visa 4 foreign actor. If Ugandan is best & ya got 2 wks, roll the dice.

Here is Jeff’s bio:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the weeks and months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter (@JeffLieber) as Jeff rolls them out. Then with every group of ten, I’ll post them here and add them to the archives.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 151-160

March 11th, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 151-160:

Showrunner Rule #151 (1 of 2): Lead actresses’ seasonal wardrobe is called their “closet”. Costume designers HATE reusing…

Showrunner Rule #151 (2 of 2): …but budget demands you do. Rule of thumb (mine) is 3 eps between generic piece & never w/ signature piece.

Showrunner Rule #152: When interviewing Casting Director ask @ “bald actor w/ accent in FX show.” If CD says Željko Ivanek in

Showrunner Rule #153 (1 of 2): Really only two routes to first staffing job. 1: Come in through side door by making it another medium…

Showrunner Rule #153 (2 of 2): …(web/books/film/graphic novels) or be mentored & promoted by someone who has or is getting their own show.

Showrunner Rule #154: Send vaguely sick writers home. Being shorthanded in room sucks, but staff plague derails material train for weeks.

Showrunner Rule #155: Questions ALWAYS more compelling than answers. The silence after “But do you love me?” will trump any possible retort.

Shorunner Rule #156: No matter how many times you SWEAR you’ll keep THIS outline UNDER 20 pages, sure as gravity, they end up 25 pages long.

Showrunner Rule #157: Never react to BIG notes on call. It takes 24 hours & at least one long shower to get comfortable w/ radical changes.

Showrunner Rule #158: Top of show actors must be treated on set as guests, until they start changing lines, and then they must be slapped.

Showrunner Rule #159: Reserve GREAT compassion for costumer, as every exec who wears clothes thinks they’re qualified 2 give wardrobe notes.

Showrunner Rule #159A (addendum): Also costumer likely told to produce $1000 suits with budget of $197 and change found in car cup holder.

Showrunner Rule #160: Specificity of character means you can tell props red, white, scotch or whiskey when script just says, “she drinks.”

Here is Jeff’s bio:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the weeks and months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter as Jeff rolls them out. Then with every group of ten, I’ll post them here and add them to the archives.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 141-150

March 7th, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 141-150:

Showrunner Rule #141: Look at “1 pagers” as chum for drawing sharks. Get’m out quick & crude just to see what ideas are dead in water.

Showrunner Rule #142: Get personal shit done BEFORE show starts. If not, you’ll end up w/ 1/2 glasses missing.

Showrunner Rule #143: Trust writers to find the beauty. Break foundation & floor plan in room, let staff discover design flair in outline.

Showrunner Rule #144: Backstory is neither plot, nor need, nor stakes. Backstory is just the sauce in which backstory/plot/need are stewed.

Showrunner Rule #145: On notes call in car, pull over 2 avoid that “drop out” moment. “Character we insist must die is… ”

Showrunner Rule #146: FACTUAL reality vs EMOTIONAL reality. Violate former, lose viewers 4 an episode. Violate latter lose viewers 4-ever.

Showrunner Rule #147: When hiring DP, sit directly under a light. If greater than 5 min before DP tips shade so that 1/2 your face is in shadow… hire.

Showrunner Rule #148 (1 of 2): Pilot scope is not about visual canvas, but about how large a footprint your lead character has…

Showrunner Rule #148 (2 of 2): …meaning, when lead character acts how much of the show’s world is affected?

Showrunner Rule #149: Let Script Super fight ALL line battles. Cast needs to know he/she is only/final arbiter of law of the spoken word.

Showrunner Rule #150: For important guest rolls write sides NOT in script, otherwise actor’ll codify audition perform before they get 2 set.

Here is Jeff’s bio:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the weeks and months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter as Jeff rolls them out. Then with every group of ten, I’ll post them here and add them to the archives.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 131-140

March 4th, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 131-140.

Showrunner Rule #131: When interviewing 1st AD, make’m wait 20 minutes. Ask assistant to see how many times they check watch. If >10, hire!

Showrunner Rule #132: Average movie day is 2-3 pages. TV day, 6-7 pages. It simply a matter of economics & need to feed the tv beast.

Showrunner Rule #133: Goal of pilot is 2 establish concept & possibility. 1st 10 pages elucidates how show works, last 10, where show’ll go.

Showrunner Rule #134 (1 of 2): When forced to cut budget, cut money for guest cast, because getting the studio/network to go over budget…

Showrunner Rule #134 (2 of 2): …for living breathing people is possible. Getting them 2 go over budget for dolly track, not gunna happen.

Showrunner Rule #135: Break story w/ turnaround in mind. If actor’s in last scene every night & 1st scene every morn, you’ll be mud by Ep 3.

Showrunner Rule #136: When interviewing Line Producer, drop 3 nickels on office floor. If they notice, retrieve & turn into swing set, hire!

Showrunner Rule #137: In action lines, nothing after 1st 6 words will be read by execs. If important, put in front or GO TO THE UPPERCASE.

Showrunner Rule ‪#137A‬ (Adendum): Italics and bold to emphasize important action will also work… in scripts… just a no go on Twitter.

Showrunner Rule #138 (failed): Don’t hire same sex assistant better looking than you; the job already inspires feelings of self loathing.

Showrunner Rule #139 (passed): Don’t hire opposite sex assistant too good looking for you; job pays well, shame to lose 1/2 in divorce.

Showrunner Rule 138A/139A (addendum): Of course, if gay, switcho reverso ‪ ‬ (138) with ‪ ‬ (139).

Showrunner Rule #140: Don’t let continuity screw story. No one shuts off TV screaming, “Wait, she wore that same fucking skirt in act 2!?”

I asked Jeff for a bio. Here it is:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the weeks and months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter as Jeff rolls them out. Then with every group of ten, I’ll post them here and add them to the archives.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 121-130

February 25th, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 121-130.

Showrunner Rule #121 (1 of 7): A DAY. 4:45AM call from set @ “wrong colored” prop. 6:15AM 2nd call – taken in shower – about same prop…

Showrunner Rule #121 (2 of 7): ..still wrong color. 8AM on drive, talk w/ director about new scene. 9:10AM start reading outline…

Showrunner Rule #121 (3 of 7): …interrupted by 9:11AM 3rd call @ prop, now fixed. 10AM notes call, 1 page. 10:45AM notes call, script…

Showrunner Rule #121 (4 of 7): 12PM …restart read of outline, interrupted by call from casting, actress “get” broken her leg…

Showrunner Rule #121 (5 of 7): 12:33PM lunch. 1PM-3PM break episode. 3:30PM: call to recast broken-legged actress…

Showrunner Rule #121 (6 of 7): …4:30PM restart outline, interrupted by editing, interrupted by confused writer, interrupted by spouse…

Showrunner Rule #121 (7 of 7): …6:15PM call w/ nextwork. 7:30 eat w/ family, put kids to bed. 10:20 restart outline interrupted by… zzz.

Showrunner Rule #122: If possible end scene w/ question who’s answer is transition to next scene. But who wants Pierre dead? (Scene) Well…

Showrunner Rule #123: Screen 1st episode 4 crew @ NICE lunch. Important to remember the point of sacrificing most of 1′s waking hours.

Showrunner Rule #124: Anything written after 1045PM MUST be checked for tipos and to be shure it maykes any fucking butterscotch mouse.

Showrunner Rule #125: Lead character’s names must start w/ different letters. Using SMART TYPE this saves 22.5634 hrs over life of series.

Showrunner Rule #126: When something innocuous in Ep 101 is the lynchpin to the Ep 112 cliffhanger… your cooking with gas.

Showrunner Rule #127 (1 of 3): Don’t send flaming poop bag to clearance lawyers when they ding 300th last name for character…

Showrunner Rule #127 (2 of 3): …even if stated reason is a person, who died 17 years ago, also had name & lived in same city as show…

Showrunner Rule #127 (3 of 3): …clearance lawyer is just doing their job… odd as that job is.

Showrunner Rule #128: Last act before hiring writer, call their LAST showrunner. Prime showrunner covenant: Tell The Fucking Truth @ Staff.

Showrunner Rule #129 (1 of 2): Have something that’s YOURS. I follow every slug w/ “…where X character does Y…”

Showrunner Rule #129 (2 of 2): Utterly pointless, but that it’s my own personal version of a watermark that sez script was written by me.

Showrunner Rule 129A (addendum): As an example of #129 –> pic.twitter.com/Krc3HQvqKI

Showrunner Rule #130: The “room” is an improv exercise, where “yes, AND” is organizing principle. Naysayers R leeches of time & good will.

I asked Jeff for a bio. Here it is:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the weeks and months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter as Jeff rolls them out. Then with every group of ten, I’ll post them here and add them to the archives.

For all of the Showrunner Rules, go here.

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber: Numbers 111-120

February 22nd, 2013 by

Jeff Lieber is a screenwriter and TV writer. His movie credits include Tuck Everlasting and he is currently an executive producer of the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness.” On Twitter (@JeffLieber), he has run a series of tweets called Showrunner Rules. For background on Jeff and this Twitter series, go here.

Today: Numbers 111-120:

Showrunner Rule #111: All stories can’t be given equal weight. If “C” & “D” runners have as many cards as “A” story… ya pooched the screw.

Showrunner Rule #112: Every story gets a color. Every scene gets a card.

Showrunner Rule #113: Mantra in room is… the story/outline/script will never be as bad as it is at this moment. Forward. Always forward.

Showrunner Rule #114: If you can remove a scene from board & story doesn’t implode… then scene isn’t primal. Run test B4 going 2 outline.

Showrunner (sneaky) Rule #115: Can’t get actor to give smile you NEED? Crack joke at very end of take, then “scrape the slate” in editing.

Showrunner Rule #116: 1st day on set, get off cell & make nice w/ transpo driver. Its polite, but also they have the dirt you need to know.

Showrunner Rule #117: 1st rule of Googling yourself is don’t, but if you MUST… don’t do it when on a deadline. (h/t @BittrScrptReadr)

Showrunner Rule #118: When interviewing editor, sit behind them & talk to back of their head. It’s what 93% of your relationship will be.

Showrunner Rule #119: In single-lead actor shows, Year 1, they work for u. Yearr 2, ur “partners”. Year 3 & beyond… u work for them.

Showrunner Rule #120: Try 2 B part of something that matters (h/t @NRWritersRoom, @crgshapiro)

For Showrunner Rules: Numbers 1-10, go here.

Numbers 11-20, go here.

Numbers 21-30, go here.

Numbers 31-40, go here.

Numbers 41-50, go here.

Numbers 51-60, go here.

Numbers 61-70, go here.

Numbers 71-80, go here.

Numbers 81-90, go here.

Numbers 91-100, go here.

Numbers 101-110, go here.

I asked Jeff for a bio. Here it is:

One day in 1986, after blowing up a glass beaker in a lab in high school, Jeffrey Lieber’s science teacher, Dr. Nagoi, turned to him and said, “Jeffrey… you be an actor… you be a writer… maybe have a family… but please, dear God, don’t be a chemist.” And it was those words that launched a journey that has ended up with Mr. Lieber becoming a screenwriter, showrunner, blogger, father and husband (Credits? Go here). Every day, while pursuing his passions, Mr. Lieber takes a moment to stop and thank Dr. Nagoi for his sage advice.

Thanks, Jeff. Best of luck on the front lines of running a TV series and all your creative endeavors!

UPDATE: Speaking of “best of luck,” Jeff lands a new gig.

We can look for more Showrunner Rules from Jeff in the weeks and months to come. You can follow them live on Twitter as Jeff rolls them out. Then with every group of ten, I’ll post them here and add them to the archives.