Couples had been in my head for several years before I got it off the page a few months ago. I'd always been drawn to the simplicity of the idea: a therapist's couch would provide a simple, familiar frame for relationship comedy between a married couple. My characters could explore conflicts around parenting, sex, salads, and the best way to load the dishwasher. Universal stuff.
From its inception, Couples was intended for the Web. I knew I wanted short episodes, micro-episodes even. In part, that was because I wouldn't allow the characters off the couch, and after all, how long can you watch two people on a couch (maybe we'll test that question in future seasons). But the shortness of the episodes also seemed appropriate for viewing on digital devices of all kinds.
I let the idea sit on my shelf while I wrote the feature screenplays for +1 and The Quitter, but my mind would often drift to Couples. It was a concept that would allow my characters to get off the page easily (any screenwriters reading this will know what I mean); all I needed were a few game partners and I could get it off the ground quickly and cheaply. I already had the couch.
Somewhere between then and now (closer to now), I met Cameron Bossert sitting kitty-corner from me at Bar Sepia, a beautiful little local tucked away near the Brooklyn Museum. We were both alone. We were both drinking whiskey. It wasn't long before we struck up a conversation in which I heard about Jeremy Rishe and Stacey Linnartz, his conspirators over at Third Wing Media. Soon thereafter I shared my scripts with them and it wasn't long before we talked over a few drinks back at Bar Sepia where we put a date on the calendar to shoot our first couple: Doug and Dana (played by Will Blomker and Stacey Linnartz).
I hope you enjoy watching them struggle to get off the couch.