First, a little intro: Years ago, entertainment journalist Diane Haithman and I were hired as staff writers at the Los Angeles Times a month apart. Later, we shared duty on the TV beat for Calendar. I eventually left, but she stayed until just recently when she was laid off after 22 years. Their loss is my gain. Now a freelance writer, Diane will be interviewing TV showrunners on assignment for Deadline Hollywood. Here, she sits down with ED BERNERO at his production offices in the Old Animation Building at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.
Edward Allen Bernero parlayed 10 years as a Chicago police officer into a successful career putting cops on the TV screen. Entering the TV biz as a freelance writer for Brooklyn South, Bernero created the long-running crime series Third Watch, rising to the position of showrunner and remaining the series’ most prolific writer. Now, Bernero just passed the 100th episode milestone at the helm of the scariest show on television: CBS’ Criminal Minds. In fact, according to Bernero, the only thing scarier than the serial killer “unsubs” (unidentified subjects) is the TV development biz.
He talks candidly and controversially about the writer’s strike, network/studio notes, declining TV viewership, why he hates Hulu, how it’s hard to make a man’s show, and what he’d rather be writing instead of crime, cops, and serial killers. (more…)