BH Producers

Showrunner Dave Rupel explains why this is his favorite episode of the season, as much for things you'll never see, as for things you did.

Nov 19, 2010

We stopped shooting around 1 a.m. – several hours into overtime. I sent the crew to wrap out, because we had a huge shoot day the next day…That is, if we had any cast members left to shoot. All the women were enormously unhappy and many were considering walking off the show.

At the same time, we were worrying if the biggest chunk of our shoot day the next day – attending Kelsey's premiere – was even going to happen. We had been granted incredible access to Kelsey's Broadway show La Cage Aux Folles. (For those of you unfamiliar, La Cage was first performed on Broadway in 1983 and was later turned into the movie The Birdcage. Kelsey is playing the Robin Williams role.) But our access to the show all hinged on Kelsey's approval…and Kelsey's wife had just had a horrible argument with Kyle. Not to mention, it was the premiere of his first Broadway show in years and it was an important night for him. Would he really risk jeopardizing that for our show and our drama?

But back to the women, who couldn't decide if they were mad at each other or mad at me. I used my producers, Brenda Coston, Christopher Cullen and Sallyanne King, to try and calm them down as much as possible, while I was on the phone with my bosses and all the various management types of the women. Yeah, that's another thing that sets this cast apart. They come with managers, public relations reps and assistants – all of whom wanted to find out what happened – while also occasionally yelling at me. And honestly, that's part of my job description. I try to keep on as good as terms with the cast as possible, but when you are asking people to be incredibly vulnerable on camera, sometimes their emotion is going to be directed at you.