It’s much, much harder working on a show than it is working on a movie. It really is. Even if you’re in production, that production lasts for a set period of time. A TV show goes on for months and months and months.
One thing that is true in TV is that you do hire the directors. As the writer, it’s very different than in features, where you feel like, “If I want this to be this way, I better direct it.”
The amount of work that TV writers and executives do is incredibly hard. I’m shocked that these people will hand in three outlines and two scripts, and everybody has to read them and give notes on all of them, even the writers.
In some ways, TV is more regimented, but there is a level of professionalism that’s very high, among the people that work in television.