Jason Katims

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Jason Katims

Born

11/30/1960, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jason Katims got his start in New York theater, where he wrote plays such as "Catch", "The Man Who Couldn't Dance", and "Driving Lessons". Jason transitioned to television in the middle of the 1990s, and has served as a writer and executive producer…more

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  • Trivia

    • Jason had a stint as a Consulting Producer on the television series Girls Club in 2002.

    • Robert Katims, Jason's father, is an actor who has played parts in many of his son's television and movie projects, including The Pallbearer, Boston Public, Roswell, and Relativity.

    • NBC brought in Jason Katims as a consultant on Bionic Woman after executive producer Glen Morgan left the series citing creative differences with the network.

    • In March 2008 Jason took part in a Writers Guild foundation "Anatomy of a Script" seminar in which he met with fellow writers and fans to discuss how the script for an episode of Friday Night Lights comes together.

    • Jason Katims attended Queens College in New York

    • Jason's first job was running a summer snackbar in a hotel in the Catskills.

  • Quotes

    • Jason Katims: (on what it feels like to wait and learn if a television series you produce is getting picked up for an additional season or canceled.) The whole thing is kind of like having a sick relative: People are very hesitant to tell you bad news. You make phone calls, and if a network or studio executive calls you back, that's a positive sign. There's a lot to read between the lines.

    • Jason Katims: (on a story-line from season three of 'Friday Night Lights' involving a character played by D.W. Moffett as an overzealous parent) One of the stories I've always wanted to play is the parent wanting to have influence over how the coach coaches, and in this case, wanting his son to have a chance to play before Coach Taylor [Kyle Chandler] is ready to do it.

    • Jason Katims:['Friday Night Lights' is] ultimately not really about a small town, it transcends the small town, and it's about people who are not living in a privileged way. That, to me, is what makes it so compelling. You see surprisingly little of that on network television.

    • Jason Katims:['Friday Night Lights' is] ultimately not really about a small town, it transcends the small town, and it's about people who are not living in a privileged way. That, to me, is what makes it so compelling. You see surprisingly little of that on network television.

    • Jason Katims: In every show, but particularly this one(Friday Night Lights), there is a really deep relationship between the writers and the actors, sometimes even if they don't spend a lot of time talking to each other all the time. Because you're having this dialogue. You're writing stuff for them and then you're watching what comes back to you, and you're learning from what they do and adjusting according to what they do. You're inspired by what they've done.

    • Jason Katims: My So-Called Life and Friday Night Lights are really bookend experiences for me. They were very similar in a lot of ways. They both had a sense of tapping into the inner lives of these people, very intense and real, with small but extremely passionate audiences.

    • Jason Katims: (discussing working on 'Roswell') I think when you're working on a show like this, you tend to work seven days a week, very long hours, and you're living in a bubble. You don't have any idea of what it's like 'out there,' what people are thinking about, or whether they're responding to it.

    • Jason Katims: (on 'Friday Night Lights' actor Kyle Chandler) He is like no other actor I've ever worked with. He wants to take lines away. You give him a scene where he has 90 percent of the dialogue, and he says, 'You know what I want to do with this scene? I don't want to say a word.

    • Jason Katims: (on the Max/Liz relationship on 'Roswell') It's rare to find a contemporary love story in which there's a real obstacle keeping the lovers apart.

    • Jason Katims: When I first came on set and was spending some time here after the pilot(of 'Friday Night Lights'), I thought, it's interesting – I thought, this is what I imagined filmmaking would be, before [I] saw what filmmaking was.

    • Jason Katims: (on whether he preferred to focus on the romantic verses sci fi aspects of 'Roswell')First of all, my background is very much in more character driven stuff, relationship driven stuff, and I've never really worked in the science fiction genre at all. So for me a lot of this was the learning experience of getting involved with that world and also coming to discover the possibilities and loving that aspect of the show.

    • Jason Katims: Something that's great about being a writer is that you get to go into worlds that you normally would never have access to, or you would never really think about that much. It gives you an opportunity to really explore that.

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