The season began with the death of the man who had been something of a father figure for Cam, M-Chuck and, to some degree, Reggie. When did you know that you wanted the season to culminate in two characters going to their fathers and one walking away?
We really did sit down and think about that at the beginning, that that was a place a place where we wanted to end up. … One of the things that’s been interesting about Survivor’s Remorse is that from the time it was developed until right now, in a very short window of time, how people watch and consume television has changed significantly. We started off with the idea when we were developing that it’s just a half-an-hour show with elements of comedy and drama, but it was episodic in nature. How people are watching television now is engaging with characters on such a personal level that we really realized that, rather than leave some questions unanswered… Like for me, the minute you answer a question, then you’re locked into that as a storyline. Like: He has a brother or he has a sister or he has a cousin. It completely anchors characters. One of the things that I had experienced from working in half-hour comedy before and had learned from working with [Yes, Dear executive producer] Greg Garcia is, “Don’t answer a question until you have a story for it.” Don’t say who they are, where they’re from, what it is, because this show could be going for 200 episodes and you don’t want to necessarily tie yourself into something that you might want to explore later.
So I felt like this idea of, “What were the origins of these characters? Where are their fathers?” was such a question that we decided that now that we’ve lost Julius and these characters are really straining for, “What are their lives about? What are their relationships about?” – we really decided that we had to explore that.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the survival status of the comedy drama…