DGA’s ‘Directing Funny’ Panel Weighs The Single-Cam Vs. Multi-Cam Debate – TCA

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Are multi-camera sitcoms dead? Is single camera comedies here to stay? At today’s TCA panel “Directing Funny” sponsored by the DGA, directors from some of TV’s top comedies assessed the outlook for both styles, which have teetered back and forth in recent years.

Said Mark Cendrowski, who has directed such half hours as The Big Bang Theory and the recent The Odd Couple, “It’s cyclical. When you get a good funny show, people gather that success. I remember when Friends made it big, there were 12 pilots that year for multi-cam shows.”

Added Alec Berg who writes and directs on HBO’s Silicon Valley, “I remember when The Cosby Show was on the air in the early ’80s. People said ‘The sitcom is back. Four camera will go away, single cameras will emerge, then someone will do a four camera that will feel fresh.  The same way everyone yelled with

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