March 24, 2015

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A #MysteriesofLaura Interview with Executive Producer and Writers @NBCLaura

NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura is back this Wednesday with all-new episodes. Recently some bloggers were able to  do a Q&;A call with The Mysteries of Laura’s Amanda Green (Co-EP), Margaret Easley (Writer) and Laura Putney (Writer).  Amanda, Margaret and Laura (all hilarious real-life moms) answered questions about The Mysteries of Laurahow they construct the show’s “mom moments” and what’s to come this season! 

Are there any interesting guest stars making appearance this season?
Amanda Green: Oh wow, that’s a great question. I’m just trying to think of what we can tell you. I think there’s definitely some fun coming up.

Laura Putney: We’re not sure what we can say. We’ve got a great mom coming up.

Amanda Green: Yes. Let’s say, I’m just trying to think of - you know what? You’ve caught me at the end of - all of us - at the end of - we’ve just finished writing the 22nd episode. And I for the life of me can’t remember what we’ve shot, what we haven’t shot, what we’ve written, what we haven’t written, what we’ve released.

Debra's character is one we can all relate to!  Is there someone in particular that in the beginning inspired her character? Or is it more of a collective of your own lives?

Amanda Green:     Well I don’t know if you know this - this is Amanda - but the show is based on an incredibly popular and successful show in Spain called “Los Misterios de Laura” - literally “the Mysteries of Laura.” And, you know, Laura is played in that very much the same way as our Laura is - as a mom who struggles to find the balance between work and family.

Our stories are all independent. We’re not really adapting the individual episodes of the Spanish show. But we certainly fell in love with the character, you know, flawed, human, struggling - but always despite her sometimes cynicism, always ultimately persevering and successful, both as a parent and as a police officer.

But I think once, you know, beyond the original character, again we all just turn back to our own lives and our own wealth of funny, sad, tragic, pathetic parenting stories.

Laura Putney:        And yes - this is Laura. I think Debra brings a lot of that to the table too, and had a lot to do with shaping this character, you know, I think as a mom. This is very much who she is, you know? She is very much like this.

Yes. And I mean for example, you know, one of the things that we often talk about is, you know, what’s Laura going to pull out of her purse? You know it might be a gun. It might be a juice box. It might be a ninja. And that is something we can all relate to, being moms and having those bags that seem to contain a ridiculous amount of stuff - most of which has nothing with to do with life.
 
But Debra right, you know, plays right into that. You know there was an episode earlier in the season where Billy’s character gets injured. And she reaches into her purse and pulls out a maxi pad and slaps it on his injury. Because, you know, we all know there’s one of those in the bottom of the bag somewhere.

Amanda Green:     And that was Debra’s idea, you know, that, you know, maxi pad - sure, I’ve got one of those in the bag. Don’t we all? And it’s such - it’s always a source of the humor and the fun of the show.

Margaret and I had a Twitter war the other day about what’s happening - what we have in our purses. And we just kept pulling out things and taking a picture and posting it on Twitter. And as the objects got - and it was totally just absolutely real life - whatever we happened to have in our purse that day. And I think I won that with a stick on moustache.

Margaret Easley:   Yes, you did. That would do it. You don’t know why you have that. I have no idea to this day why I had this - probably still in there. rate telescope, which proved very useful for nothing. 
In Hollywood we used to only see the perfect housewives and perfect mothers like Donna Reed. We’re finally now seeing real moms and real parents like in this series who don’t have everything together – that are real life. Do you see this trend continuing in entertainment?
Amanda Green: I really hope so and I think the audience proves it out. There are a lot of women out there who need to see themselves reflected in media and it’s not just moms. It’s everything. The amazing boom in diversity on TV screens speaks to the need of all of us to see ourselves reflected -not just one race, one ethnicity, one dress size, one hair style.
I’m really hoping the Donna Reed days don’t come back because as classic as 50s television was, shows like that make 99% of the population feel bad about themselves because their house isn’t clean, because their hair isn’t done, because they don’t fit into a size 2 dress without triple Spanx.

I think we need to see parents of all sort of types across the spectrum that encompass parents of all forms and people who are finding solutions that aren’t the same. The first step is voting with our viewership, because that’s what makes people sit up and take notice. If people are watching Debra Messing play a working mom with chaos and paint chips and schmutz on her blouse or spit up, that sends a signal that this is a new way of looking at motherhood and the networks will listen.

Laura Putney: And I – this is Laura – I would add it’s not just the 50s and Donna Reed. You could bring that forward, you know, because I’m just thinking of the shows that I sort of grew up with. And it was, you know, Mrs. Cosby of the Cosby Show or, you know, Little House on the Prairie – went all the way through the 70s and the 80s.

We’re just now I think coming as you suggest in your question to the notion that that’s not real. But those characters and that ideal of motherhood is in the back of our minds. And it does make us critical of ourselves, and feel like we, you know, that we’re failing because there’s an unrealistic ideal that’s been set up.
About The Mysteries of Laura

Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) -- also a cop  -- who just can't seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a “working mom” today. Somehow she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner, and things becomes even more complicated when her husband ironically becomes her boss at the precinct.  For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.
The Mysteries of Laura airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c

New episodes return March 25

THE MYSTERY OF THE INTOXICATED INTERN (TV-14)
The detectives probe the murder of an intern working at a trendy tech startup. Laura (Debra Messing) struggles to make time for intimacy with her new beau. Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Meg Steedle, Janina Gavankar and Max Jenkins also star. Brittany Furlan guest stars.