Jennifer Wood (Rolling Stone) presents an oral history of HBO’s beloved landmark series ten years after the finale episode

Life Before Death

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Alan Ball directs Peter Krause (Nate Fisher) in the pilot episode

Alan Ball (Creator/Showrunner): In the fall of 1999 I was working on this television series that I created for ABC called Oh, Grow Up, which, in retrospect, I’m not sure is a show that I myself would have ever watched. But American Beauty [which I wrote the script for] had premiered in September of that year as well. So I got call from [then-president of HBO Entertainment] Carolyn Strauss’ office asking if I would meet her for lunch. That was right around the time I had just discovered The Sopranos, and I was amazed that, like, “Oh, TV can be this?” (more…)