Daniel Lipman

Writer / Show Creator


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In the twenty-five minute solo portion of his interview, Daniel Lipman talks about his childhood and education at Boston University, where he studied directing and acting. He talks about his brief acting career, including a role in the touring production of “Godspell”, and how he began writing plays. Lipman then discusses being accepted into the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference early in his career, where he met writing partner Ron Cowen. He concludes by sharing what he enjoys about writing, advice for aspiring writers, and his proudest career achievements.

In the over-four-hour joint portion of their interview, Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman share the story of how they met, as playwrights, and how they came to be writing partners. They talk about moving to Los Angeles and beginning to write for television, including their first television writing job, on the show Family. They go into detail about their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which was groundbreaking for its depiction of a gay character suffering from AIDS. They discuss how the movie came about, their preconditions for writing it, including how the experience of AIDS was to be presented, their run-ins with Standards & Practices at NBC, the research they did in order to write it, and the response to the movie. Cowen and Lipman talk about their made-for-television movie The Love She Sought, starring Angela Lansbury, and their admiration for Lansbury. They then move onto their series Sisters, including how they came to create the series, casting the show, their emphasis on hiring female writers and directors, the writing process on the series and its use of theatrical elements and flashbacks, and some specific storylines. They talk about why Sisters ended and the legacy of the series. They then discuss creating Queer as Folk, which was adapted from a British series of the same name, including the political context of gay rights when they were writing the show, Showtime’s hands off approach to the series, casting (and its challenges), the explicit use of sex in the series and the reasons behind this choice, and the importance of sharing an honest portrayal of the gay community on television. They talk about the response to Queer as Folk from the gay community and others, the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on the show, the series’ end and its legacy. Cowen and Lipman conclude by sharing how the industry has changed since they started out and their proudest career achievements as a writing team. Nancy Harrington conducted the interviews in a joint venture with the Writers Guild Foundation on July 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.

"What I’m really proud of is that I feel that we used Hollywood and the industry to our advantage. They didn’t use us. Because we dealt with projects that we really cared about. It’s not just the talent, it’s the luck. It’s the ability to do what you want to do and have that fortune that you’re able to do it."

People Talking About ...
Highlights
Daniel Lipman on attending the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on a letter they received from a woman whose son had AIDS after the airing of their made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the challenge of casting Queer as Folk due to the fact that many actors would not show up for their auditions because agencies did not want them to: "it was an untouchable show"
Daniel Lipman on the Writers Guild
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how a scene on Sisters where the main characters were discussing orgasms was dealt with by the network
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with Angela Lansbury on the made-for-television movie The Love She Sought, and how much they came to admire her
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on his undergraduate education at Boston University, studying directing then acting; on being the Playwright in Residence at the University of Michigan, and on his brief acting career, appearing in "Godspell"
On attending the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, where he met writing partner Ron Cowen; on what he enjoys about writing; on his solo writing process; on the Writers Guild; on his mentors; on advice to aspiring writers, and on proudest career achievements and career regrets; on how he would like to be remembered

Chapter 2

START OF JOINT INTERVIEW WITH RON COWEN AND DANIEL LIPMAN: On how they first met, in 1972 at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and on writing together for the first time; on their writing process, and on when they decided to become a writing team and move to Los Angeles; on how they began to write for television, in the early 1970s
On how they came to write the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted a man with AIDS; on the writing process for An Early Frost; on notes they received from executives on the movie, and on the public response to it
On the impact of An Early Frost, because it was written and played for a mass audience; on the cast of An Early Frost; on finding their writing voice through An Early Frost; on the gay community's response to An Early Frost
On what they hoped the audience would take away from the movie An Early Frost; on the legacy of An Early Frost; on their made-for-television movie The Love She Sought
On how they came to create Sisters; on the success of Sisters, especially among women; on the tone and use of flashbacks on Sisters

Chapter 3

On how George Clooney came to be cast on Sisters; on casting the four main characters on Sisters; on their attempt to make the character of "Frankie" gay, and on creating another gay character, "Norma Lear"
On working with director/producer Robert Butler on Sisters; on a controversial scene in the pilot episode of Sisters, and on other battles with Standards & Practices on the show; on the theatrical and fantastical elements of the series; on their responsibilities as executive producers and showrunners on Sisters, and on their emphasis on having female writers and directors
On what they look for when hiring writers on their series; on the writing process on Sisters; on replacing actors who left throughout the course of the series; on how they approached sensitive or controversial issues on Sisters, including when Swoosie Kurtz's character had breast cancer; on how the theatrical nature of Sisters kept the writers and other creators excited about the series throughout its run
On why Sisters resonated with fans; on why the series ended; on the legacy of Sisters

Chapter 4

On how Queer as Folk came about; on pushing boundaries on the series and Showtime not censoring them; on the atmosphere for gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
On the process of adapting Queer as Folk from the original British series, and on the character of "Brian Kinney"; on setting the show in Pittsburgh; on working with executive producer Tony Jonas
On the challenge of casting Queer as Folk; on casting Gale Harold as "Brian Kinney"; on casting Sharon Gless as "Debbie Novotny"; on the closeness of the cast, and on the public's curiosity about the actors' sexuality; on how they dealt with the explicit nature of the show
On Showtime's initial marketing campaign for Queer as Folk, and on the opening credits of the show; on the press reaction to the show, in particular in the gay community; on Queer as Folk's audience
On Queer as Folk's impact on Showtime; on the importance of having an honest depiction of the gay community on television; on how they approached shooting the sex scenes on the show, and on the impact of the depictions of sex

Chapter 5

On the writing staff on Queer as Folk; on the cast's input into their characters on Queer as Folk; on the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime at the end of season one
On the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk; on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk; on storylines involving characters fathering children
On the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk; on why Queer as Folk came to an end, and on the final episode; on being on set in Canada on 9/11
On the then-potential reboot of Queer as Folk, and on how a 2019 version would be different than the original; on the legacy of Queer as Folk; on how the television industry has changed through the course of their career; on the importance of oral histories; on their proudest professional moment working together
Shows

Early Frost, An

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they came to write the made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their first impressions of An Early Frost when the idea was presented to them by NBC, and their condition for how they wanted the experience of AIDS to be presented in the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the process of writing An Early Frost, and on working with Standards & Practices at NBC and the research they did for the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on becoming producers on the made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which they wrote, and on getting the opportunity to return scenes to the script which had been taken out by executives once director John Erman read the original script
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the public response to their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the importance of An Early Frost their 1985 made-for-television movie which depicted the AIDS crisis, being written and played for a mass audience
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the cast of An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on winning a Peabody Award and Emmy Award for An Early Frost, and on the importance of the movie to discovering their writing voice: every comedy scene should have some drama and every dramatic scene should have some comedy
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the response of the gay community to their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, and on a scene which the network wanted to be cut out because it depicted the grandmother kissing her grandson who had AIDS
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with director John Erman on their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, and on what they hoped the audience would take away from the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the legacy of An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on winning an Emmy Award for their made-for-television movie An Early Frost

Family

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their first television writing job: writing for the show Family

Love She Sought, The

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their made-for-television movie The Love She Sought, starring Angela Lansbury

Queer as Folk

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how Queer as Folk (which was an adaptation of a British series) came about, and on committing to being as bold and boundary pushing as the British original was
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Showtime was the right home for Queer as Folk and the fact that network did not interfere with the series
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on adapting Queer as Folk from the original British series, and on the character of "Brian Kinney"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on setting Queer as Folk in Pittsburgh
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with executive producer Tony Jonas on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the challenge of casting Queer as Folk due to the fact that many actors would not show up for their auditions because agencies did not want them to: "it was an untouchable show"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Gale Harold as "Brian Kinney" on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Sharon Gless as "Debbie Novotny" on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the closeness of the cast of Queer as Folk, and how exposed and brave the cast had to be for five seasons
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the public's curiosity about the actors' sexuality on Queer as Folk, and on the explicit nature of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Showtime's initial marketing campaign for Queer as Folk, and on the opening credits of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the conservative reaction to Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk's audience, and on its popularity among straight women
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk's impact on Showtime
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on shooting sex scenes on Queer as Folk, and on how they came to choreograph them and work to respect the boundaries of the actors
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the writing staff on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the cast's input into their characters on Queer as Folk, which was somewhat minimal because the cast trusted them
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the storylines involving characters on Queer as Folk fathering children
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Queer as Folk character "Emmett", and on their personal responses and the response of the gay community to the character and real people like him
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Queer as Folk came to an end, and on the final episode
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being on set in Canada for Queer as Folk on 9/11
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the then-potential reboot of Queer as Folk, and on how the show would be different in 2019 versus the early 2000s
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the legacy of Queer as Folk

Sisters

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they came to create Sisters, and on it being unique as a television drama centered on the lives of women
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the success of Sisters, despite executives' "almost blatant disrespect for the show and for women"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the tone and use of flashbacks on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how George Clooney came to be cast on Sisters, and on his performance on the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting the four main characters on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on a few moments of pushback from NBC on Sisters: when they wanted to make one of the main characters gay and when they wanted the father to have had an affair with an African American woman
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Sisters character "Norma Lear" (played by Nora Dunn), who was gay
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with Robert Butler, who was a director and executive producer on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the sauna scenes on Sisters, and on the controversy surrounding the first scene of the pilot, where the sisters were discussing orgasms
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the many battles they fought with Standards & Practices on Sisters, and on the theatrical and fantastical aspects of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the production companies behind Sisters, and on their roles as executive producers and showrunners on the series
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on what they looked for when hiring writers on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the writing process on Sisters, and on the pace of producing a full season of episodes for network television
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Julianne Phillips leaving Sisters in the fifth season, and on the challenge of replacing actors throughout the run of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached sensitive or controversial topics on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where Swoosie Kurtz's character, "Alex Reed", had breast cancer on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the theatrical quality of Sisters and how it kept things interesting for the writers and other creators throughout the run of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Sisters resonated with fans
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Sisters came to an end
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the legacy of Sisters
Topics

9/11

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being on set in Canada for Queer as Folk on 9/11

Advice

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Daniel Lipman on advice to aspiring writers

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with NBC Standards & Practices when they were writing the made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis,
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on a scene in their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which the network wanted to be cut out because it depicted a grandmother kissing her grandson who had AIDS
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being told by NBC that they could find another network for Sisters if they made one of the main characters gay, and on another incident of the network pushing back against a storyline involving the father having an affair with an African American woman
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how a scene on Sisters where the main characters were discussing orgasms was dealt with by the network
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their battles with Standards & Practices on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk, both of which centered on gay characters

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Daniel Lipman on writing a play during college, and sharing it with his professor, theater critic Elliot Norton, which led to him being represented by agent Audrey Wood
Daniel Lipman on mentors he's had in his career, mostly importantly writing partner Ron Cowen

Diversity in Television

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their first impressions of An Early Frost when the idea was presented to them by NBC, and why they insisted that the main character, who had AIDS, be alive at the end of the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the research they did when writing the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, by visiting AIDS patients at Santa Monica Hospital
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the kinds of notes they received from executives on their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, and on the public response to the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the importance of An Early Frost their 1985 made-for-television movie which depicted the AIDS crisis, being written and played for a mass audience
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the response of the gay community to their made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on what they hoped the audience would take away from their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis: education, tolerance, and compassion
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Sisters being one of the only television dramas to explore the lives of women at its center
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the success of Sisters among female viewers, despite the fact that executives did not normally pay attention to that demographic
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Sisters characters "Norma Lear" (played by Nora Dunn), who was gay, and on the character came to be recurring, rather than appearing in just a few episodes
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their push to have as many female directors and writers on Sisters as they could
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime at the end of season one of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk, both of which centered on gay characters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk and why they wanted to depict an attack on the gay community in that manner

Emmy Awards

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on winning an Emmy Award for their made-for-television movie An Early Frost

Health and Medicine

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the research they did when writing the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, by visiting AIDS patients at Santa Monica Hospital
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where Swoosie Kurtz's character, "Alex Reed", had breast cancer on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk

Historic Events and Social Change

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their first impressions of An Early Frost when the idea was presented to them by NBC, and why they insisted that the main character, who had AIDS, be alive at the end of the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the research they did when writing the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, by visiting AIDS patients at Santa Monica Hospital
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the kinds of notes they received from executives on their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, and on the public response to the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the importance of An Early Frost their 1985 made-for-television movie which depicted the AIDS crisis, being written and played for a mass audience
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the response of the gay community to their made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on what they hoped the audience would take away from their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis: education, tolerance, and compassion
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Sisters being one of the only television dramas to explore the lives of women at its center
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the success of Sisters among female viewers, despite the fact that executives did not normally pay attention to that demographic
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the research they did when writing the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, by visiting AIDS patients at Santa Monica Hospital
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Sisters characters "Norma Lear" (played by Nora Dunn), who was gay, and on the character came to be recurring, rather than appearing in just a few episodes
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their push to have as many female directors and writers on Sisters as they could
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where Swoosie Kurtz's character, "Alex Reed", had breast cancer on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime at the end of season one of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk, both of which centered on gay characters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk and why they wanted to depict an attack on the gay community in that manner
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being on set in Canada for Queer as Folk on 9/11

Industry Crossroads

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Daniel Lipman on going on strike with the Writers Guild early in his career, and on the benefits of the Guild

Industry Strikes

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Daniel Lipman on going on strike with the Writers Guild early in his career, and on the benefits of the Guild

LGBTQ

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their first impressions of An Early Frost when the idea was presented to them by NBC, and why they insisted that the main character, who had AIDS, be alive at the end of the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the research they did when writing the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, by visiting AIDS patients at Santa Monica Hospital, and on the understanding of AIDS at that time
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the kinds of notes they received from executives on their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, and on the public response to the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the importance of An Early Frost their 1985 made-for-television movie which depicted the AIDS crisis, being written and played for a mass audience
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the response of the gay community to their made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on what they hoped the audience would take away from their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis: education, tolerance, and compassion
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Sisters characters "Norma Lear" (played by Nora Dunn), who was gay, and on the character came to be recurring, rather than appearing in just a few episodes
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime at the end of season one of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk, both of which centered on gay characters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk and why they wanted to depict an attack on the gay community in that manner

Pivotal Career Moments

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Daniel Lipman on writing a play during college, and sharing it with his professor, theater critic Elliot Norton, which led to him being represented by agent Audrey Wood
Daniel Lipman on mentors he's had in his career, mostly importantly writing partner Ron Cowen

Television Industry

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Daniel Lipman on going on strike with the Writers Guild early in his career, and on the benefits of the Guild
Daniel Lipman on advice to aspiring writers
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with NBC Standards & Practices when they were writing the made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on a scene in their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which the network wanted to be cut out because it depicted a grandmother kissing her grandson who had AIDS
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being told by NBC that they could find another network for Sisters if they made one of the main characters gay, and on another incident of the network pushing back against a storyline involving the father having an affair with an African American woman
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how a scene on Sisters where the main characters were discussing orgasms was dealt with by the network
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their battles with Standards & Practices on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk, both of which centered on gay characters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how the industry has changed since they first started writing for television

Women

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Sisters being one of the only television dramas to explore the lives of women at its center
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the success of Sisters among female viewers, despite the fact that executives did not normally pay attention to that demographic
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their push to have as many female directors and writers on Sisters as they could
Professions

Producers

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they came to be producers on the made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which they wrote, and on

Show Creators

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their responsibilities as executive producers and showrunners on Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their push to have as many female directors and writers on Sisters as they could
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on what they look for when hiring writers on their series

Writers

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Daniel Lipman on what he enjoys about writing
Daniel Lipman on writing alone versus writing with partner Ron Cowen
Daniel Lipman on advice to aspiring writers
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their writing process when they write together
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the writing process on Sisters
Genres

Drama Series

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they came to create Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on creating Sisters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on creating Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their made-for-television movie The Love She Sought
People

Robert Butler

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with Robert Butler, who was a director and executive producer on Sisters

George Clooney

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on George Clooney as "James Falconer" on Sisters

Ron Cowen

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Daniel Lipman on being the Playwright in Residence at the University of Michigan after college, and on hearing about writing partner Ron Cowen, before later meeting him at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
Daniel Lipman on his first impression of writing partner Ron Cowen, when they met in 1972

John Erman

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how John Erman, who directed their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, helped them to return many parts of the script that had been edited out by various executives

Sharon Gless

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Sharon Gless as "Debbie Novotny" on Queer as Folk

Perry Lafferty

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which was about AIDS, being the brainchild of executive/producer Perry Lafferty

Angela Lansbury

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their made-for-television movie The Love She Sought, starring Angela Lansbury

Daniel Lipman

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Ron Cowen on his first impression of writing partner Daniel Lipman, when they met in 1972

Joseph Sargent

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with director Joseph Sargent on the made-for-television movie The Love She Sought

Sela Ward

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Sela Ward as "Teddy Reed" on Sisters

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