Relationships are rarely pretty, and Tad Quill has written about some messy ones on shows such as Scrubs, Spin City and last year's Perfect Couples. But things start out even messier for the unlikely couple on Bent, Quill's new NBC comedy (premiering tonight at 9/8c) about a type-A lawyer and single mom (Amanda Peet) and her womanizing, laid-back contractor (David Walton). Joey King plays Peet's wise-beyond-her-years daughter, while Jeffrey Tambor is Walton's unemployed father. Quill took time to answer our showrunner survey in the hopes that viewers will get Bent.
TV Guide Magazine: I watch a lot of comedy. Why should I add Bent to my queue?
Tad Quill: Because it's already in your queue. We've got some super-sharp tech guys.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if I don't watch your show?
Quill: Very little. As a middle aged white guy, my influence is waning.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an algorithm for your show.
Quill: Bent = Moonlighting minus Bruce Willis and the receptionist with the funny voice plus... I don't know, just please watch the show. It's funny.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Quill: San Antonio Current: "I hope Alex's renovation takes at least five years and 100 episodes."
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Quill: Jeffrey Tambor said we're "cable funny." I'm not sure what that means. I'm also concerned he thinks he's back on HBO.
TV Guide Magazine: How are you using your power of TV for good?
Quill: We're donating show profits to the charity Human Rights Watch.*
*Profits kick in after 500th episode.
TV Guide Magazine: You're up against American Idol and Modern Family. What's your secret weapon against those two?
Quill: We're up against who? Wow.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Quill: The Underdog.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you prefer we forget?
Quill: I worked at an oil company before I became a writer, so it's been pretty much up from there.
TV Guide Magazine: This is the second series in a row you've worked on with David Walton. Admit it: mancrush?
Quill: I don't like that term. It cheapens what we have.
TV Guide Magazine: Describe Amanda Peet but only using words that rhyme with "Peet."
Quill: Can't be beat, sweet even in a repeet. (Purposefully misspelled to be like her name).
TV Guide Magazine: Fill in the blank: If you like _____, you'll love Bent.
Quill: Sexual tension, stoned contractors and Jeffrey Tambor getting tons of tail.