Attention FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and PARENTHOOD fans – this one’s for you. (The rest of you Philistines are welcome to read it too. Never say TVWriter™ isn’t big-hearted, y’hear?)
by Mike Sager
Jason Katims is best known for making grown men cry.
Lunching at a trendy spot in Brentwood, California, Katims laughs at this. “It’s not like I’m sitting up in bed in the morning thinking, I’m gonna make somebody cry,” he says, his longish graying hair grazing the top of his collar, his accent still carrying a trace of his lefty Jewish Brooklyn roots. Despite his two decades as a successful writer and executive producer of a string of emotionally fraught and critically acclaimed TV series—including My So-Called Life, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood,and Roswell—the fifty-five-year-old Katims has the unassuming air of a guy who survived many lean years of workshops and showcases, as well as a day job slinging copy for a graphic designer.