Roles, Rules, and [W]Riting

I recommend The Onion A.V. Club’s “Random Roles” interview with John Larroquette, who has been doing TV for approximately 900 years and whose reminiscences cover a lot of ground, from the retooling of his self-titled sitcom — whose first season was, as he says, one of the best and darkest network shows ever, and which essentially had to sell out its creativity in order to continue — to the tricks a bit-part actor plays when he wants to make sure the audience at home gets a good look at his face. He also talks about his most famous (and multi-Emmy-award-winning) part, on Night Court, and how the character developed in a way that had nothing to do with the way the creator originally conceived: